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Author Topic: Spark2 VST not appearing in Ableton Live 10/11 on Windows SOLVED  (Read 811 times)


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Hello everybody, I just solved my issue with Spark2 which didn't appear in Ableton Live - currently 11 but had the problem with 10 as well. I will describe how I solved it in the hope it can help anybody facing the same issue.

Technically, on Windows the VST is named SPARK.DLL. It's a VST2 stdandard plugin,  so your must first check that no copy of SPARK.DLL lies in the VST3 folder. (The one listed in your preferences in Ableton Live.)

Then, there are TWO versions of SPARK.DLL: one is a 32-bits (shows a size of 36435KB in Windows explorer), the other is a 64-bits (39015KB). You must match the version with your Ableton Live version, which can be 32-bits or 64-bits. If you don't know which one your have installed, it looks like Ableton Live 10 and 11 are only downlable in 64-bits. Ableton Live 9 is available as 32-bits and 64-bits.

You'll find the 32-bits version of SPARK.DLL in the Spark2 installation directory (C:\ProgramData\Arturia\Spark by default), and the 64-bits version in the x64 directory of the same installation folder. You must copy the correct one to your VST2 folder. This is C:\ProgramFiles (x86)\VSTPlugins by default but check in your Ableton preferences.

The confusion comes from the fact that the VST2 folder is in the 32-bits programs directory, although you must copy a 64-bits dll in it.

Here's a quick sumup of the commands which solved my problem on my 64-bits Ableton Live 11:

  • DEL "C:\Program Files\VstPlugins\spark.dll"
  • COPY "C:\ProgramData\Arturia\Spark\x64\spark.dll" "C:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugIns"

Make sure you don't forget the " around file pathes.


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