Ableton won't recognize cognitonedrone.dll

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Ableton won't recognize cognitonedrone.dll

First, hello everyone, I'm Dixon and I need to make music for my films.

 

Now that my introduction is over, I have wasted two hours of my workday being driven ever closer to homicide.  This is probably an issue to address to the Ableton forums as well, but that place is a ghost town if I recall, and I really don't know where the issue lies.

 

I am running Ableton Live Lite 8 Akai Pro Edition, on Windows 7.  I am running the Synfire Demo 1.5.12 Build #1 and have an RME Fireface 400, if that makes a difference.

 

When I first installed Synfire, it had both Transport and Drones available, I think.  I did a significant amount of maintenance to get the Adobe suite working smoother, and now Synfire displays Transport as an option in the Audio From drop down, but I can't find drones, regardless of how many different folders I put cognitonedrone.dll in and point Ableton's vst directory there.

 

Ableton is 32 bit, if I recall correctly.  Is the issue that I am running a 64 bit OS or some Windows nonsense like that?  Is there a solution for this that I missed in my searches?  Will Synfire solve my insomnia problems?  All questions that I would appreciate some guidance with.

 

Thanks,

 

Dixon

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Welcome Dixon! 

There is always a certain portion of Windows nonsense involved, so that would be the first place to look at. There are two versions of CognitoneDrone.dll (32 and 64 bit) that use the same filename (perhaps you confused them or replaced one accidentally with the other). They are kept in different places below the respective branch of "Program Files" (64 bit) and "Program Files (x86)" (32 bit) in the subdirectory "Steinberg\VstPlugins".

The easiest way to fix this is to reinstall the Audio Engines from their MSI installers. That will put them back in the places they belong. Then point Ableton to these directories. If it is 32 bit, use the x86 path.

Will Synfire solve my insomnia problems?

Compose some meditative ambient landscapes - that always helped me ;-) Here's one I made back in 1992 with an extremely early predecessor of Synfire ("Generator"):

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Yep, that was the case.  Serves me right for only having a little bit of an idea what's going on inside these horrid machines.  Thank you for your help Andre!

Also, that is quite a lovely and relaxing track, I'll have to listen again to see how it's working.

 

Thanks again!

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I will be uploading a new video tutorial for linking Ableton Live with Synfire, including export, tomorrow. 

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