Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for you to run into a limitation of how long a path can be in Windows when installing the sounds. By default, SDA will download everything into a named folder inside your Downloads folder, and depending on the length of your username and/or the way you have your computer configured, it’s possible for the path in which the .zip file that you need to uncompress to get at the installer to be sufficiently long that extracting some of the files from the .zip file fails silently, leaving you with an incomplete set of files and a problem installing the software.
I’m really sorry about that, because it’s pretty inexcusable, really. It’s something we’ve talked about internally but as yet we haven’t decided what exactly to do about it.
Anyway, here’s how to sort it out.
- Download the sound content again to be sure you have a complete download. Click here to download.
- Once the 8.6GB file has fully downloaded, in Windows Explorer go to the root of your hard disk, which should be drive letter C:.
- Create a new folder directly in the root of the C: drive called something like Sounds.
- Drag the HALion_Sonic_SE_and_Content_for_Dorico_Pro_3.4_Installer_win.zip file you downloaded in step 1 into the C:\Sounds folder.
- Right-click the HALion_Sonic_SE_and_Content_for_Dorico_Pro_3.4_Installer_win.zip file and choose Extract Here to extract the files inside the archive. This will take a minute or so.
- You may find that you have got a new folder inside the C:\Sounds folder, or you may now see directly the Setup.exe icon. Find it and double-click it.
- Follow your nose through the on-screen prompts to install the sounds.
- Once everything is complete, you can delete the Sounds folder from the C: drive to recover the hard disk space.
I hope this helps you get up and running, and sorry again for the inconvenience.