CUBASE 13 Scanning VST 3 Plugins

Just got the upgrade from 12.

Stuck on Scanning VST 3 Plugins!!!

Any ideas?

Thank you.

For how long? In my case it was a loooong (15-20 min) - lots of plugins. But finally it went through.

Ok thank you Starnaf.

I just gave up after a while as I checked in Windows and it had NOT RESPONDING!

It did try again later after restarting the computer and it opened but many of my plugins like the Universal ones did not come up.

I will need to check how to get it to scan ALL my plugins again. Any ideas on that? Appreciate it, thank you.

Ive also got this issue, and it wont budge off the Vst Scanning popup

Hi everyone, I’m a French guy and In Cubase New version even the 13th I can’t set my Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 bought in 2017 ! does somebody has a solution ? I think Cubase can’t see the " Dll " of the instrument … I know where’s the location of the Dll but it doesn’t work ! if someone has a solution ! thank you :slight_smile:

Hi - just got the same thing when I loaded the latest Cubase 13 update (13.0.21) now just sits there at Initializing Scanning VST 3 Plug-ins - I contacted Steinberg support 4 days ago to ask them if they could send me the link for the last version before this one (as that one was working ok - so basically trying to downgrade back a version) and no reply ?? did you get any where with your problem ?

I’ve just had this same issue after installing an old Waves V13 plugin. It takes a good few minutes but does eventually load up CB if you are patient with it.

I thought it might fly through as usual after exiting and re-starting CB. It is faster, but still much slower than it was before the Waves install.

I wonder if the V13 framework has something to do with it?

Had the same thing happen. Reinstalling Waves and Plugin Alliance fixed it. Seems like some “calling home” plugins need a little push. (Inserting PA plugins is still a Pita and takes forever.)

Just (reluctantly!) updated the Waves Aphex Exciter to the latest version and hey presto, all of a sudden CB13 opens almost instantaneously …

I just installed the latest update, 13.0.21 and I’m experiencing the same problem. What’s going on with Cubase?? I removed a bunch of my VST3’s and still no budging off of the scanning procedure - it’s stuck. I guess I have to remove all third party VST3’s and add them one by one? This is nuts. The previous version of Cubase worked fine. I thought updates were meant to improve user experience.

@mkisur Is it happening every time you open Cubase, or just on the initial run? It does take an age to do the VST3 scanning first time, but then it should be smooth each time after that.

If it is happening every time, then it looks like you’ll need to identify the culprit.

I haven’t tried it, but I guess you could rename all your VST3 files with a .bak suffix and load up to see what happens, and if all okay rename them to .vst3 a few at a time until it starts misbehaving, rather than having to do each one individually?

If you mean Windows Task Manager, I have seen it say “not responding” but then start to work again. :slightly_smiling_face:

I’m not a tech guy and have no idea why this happens, but can’t believe I’m the only one noticing this when opening Task Manager. And I too, have let the scanning go on for a few minutes with success when it normally in my case, takes about 10-20 seconds.

I usually wait a little bit and if the Task Manager is still not responding, then exit Cubase.

I’m just passing on my experience, not something you did or didn’t do.

Thank you for your reply, it’s much appreciated. As Cubase loaded easily with third party plugins disabled, I moved all of my third party vst3’s to another folder, then began transferring them back to their original “Program Files/Common Files/VST3” folder in groups of 4 or 5, loading Cubase after each group to see if it was stalling at VST3 scanning. I eventually found one virtual instrument that was causing this new extended stalling (on previous updates of Cubase, it may have only caused a shorter “stalling” upon loading). I uninstalled and then reinstalled this plugin and everything loaded perfectly, sometimes with only a short pause on the scanning VST3’s procedure. Cubase 13 Pro now loads faster than it ever has, which is such a plus for my workflow.

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Good news … :+1:

This worked for me, cause it was caused by Waves…

  1. Open Waves Central and go to settings tab
  2. Click “Run” on Version Organizer
  3. Click “Repair”
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Brilliant!! Thank you so much for this suggestion - Worked perfectly after following this instruction.
Thank you again.

Hi polushon,

Following your lead, this worked for me:

  1. Open Waves Central.
  2. Click on Install Products in left hand pane.
  3. A new page opens and if you see a red INSTALL UPDATES button at the top of the page, click it! If you’re lucky like I was today, you’ll see it install updates to your qualified products. And best of all . . . Cubase 13 now breezes through the VST3 scan when it loads : )
    Thanks again for your insight that helped me find this particular solution.
    Regards . . .