@Richard62sx: Managed to delete the files you mentioned, and followed the rest of the steps. Still no joy, still getting the same error when I launch Cubase… Guess I’ll have to turn to customer support…
I’ve reinstalled HSO and followed the instructions in my first post.
When Cubase loaded I got the error message: License error. No valid license found for Halion Sonic SE HSO Factory Presets 01
I still got this error message after the first 3 stages, but no error message once I deleted:
DRIVE/Library/Application Support/Steinberg/Content/VST Sound/FCP_SMT_027_HSO_Presets_01.vstsound
A couple of ideas:
Was Cubase still running when you deleted the files? Perhaps Cubase rewrites the HSO_Presets_01 file when it closes.
If you’ve used the HSO demo quite often, perhaps there are other HSO files on your disk.
You could search for these: Show All files as mentioned in my first post.
Type HSO in the Finder search box.
Click on the + sign underneath the search box.
Check that Search this Mac (above Kind and Any) is selected.
Click on the Kind drop-down box and select System files.
If System files is not listed, selected Other…. and then tick the box by System files.
The Any drop-down box should change to aren’t included - change this to are included.
Hope this helps. I was right where you guys were, with the HSO demo. I deleted all the files that HSO installed and still got the error ‘HSO license error’ thing. Then I realized that the error wasn’t with the software install, it’s in the license on the Steinberg Key. I don’t remember exactly how I did it, but in the eLicenser software I disabled the HSO demo on the Steinberg Key after removing all the files I could find in searching for the HSO files.
I forgot that I had used HSO on a project file and upon opening the files after removing HSO I got the error that the ‘HSO could not be found’ or something like it. It showed up in the missing plugins category, but the point is, the project file didn’t crash.
My suggestion: Remove / Disable the HSO demo in the eLicenser software.
Useful tip, Dave, thanks. I had to uninstall (manually) my copy of HalionSonic (full version) just to be able to open the couple of projects with it in them.
If the problem lies in the eLicenser, you might think Steinberg would chip in with this information? I wonder how many people have been seriously inconvenienced by installing the wretched HSO demo?
(Edited to say that there doesn’t seem to be any way of completely removing the licence using the eLicenser panel. I found that the HSO demo license was shown in red. I used “Validate license usage periods” and found this resulted in the HSO license becoming greyed out. Hopefully that will fix the problem. I’m now re-installing HS, which I haven’t used for weeks since this problem happened.)
Sorry, my friends, tried the validation trick in the e-licenser control panel, but I’m still getting the same, wretched error message. Been writing to Steinberg customer support, but still no answer from that side of the world yet… One would think there would be a simple, one-step solution for this.
I also sent an email to Steinberg support a few weeks ago when I was struggling with this whole HSO thing. No reply, no acknowledgement.
i’ve got more bad news. After I ran the validation thingy, I tried to re-install Halion Sonic (having previously pulled out everything HS to try to get my HS infected projects to open).
The installation apparently went successfully (Installer reported success) but HS is not appearing in the VSTi list in Cubase or Nuendo, and although the HS standalone app is in the App folder, when I try to launch it I get the error
“Plugin Halion Sonic not found - please re-install it”
I’ve done that 3 times now, no progress.
there is no actual Halion Sonic.vst file nested in the Library>Audio>Plugins>VST>HAlion Sonic location. I can’t think of any reason except that maybe I threw something away when I manually de-installed it after the HSO debacle.
If so, why does the Installer say the installation is successful?
Halion Sonic has so far been my most disastrous plug-in purchase, ever.
Wow, this has really been a B****. I followed your instructions but only locat the FCP SMT 027 presets 01.VSTsound file. I could not locat the VST 3 057 files you mentioned. I also note that when I open Cubase 6 it shows now that I am missing sounds of which were in my songs before I deleted. What happens if I should reinstall Cubase 6 on my Mac over the existing program will I lose anything?
In addition to my last post I received this from the “Knowledge base”: Delete all files which contain the acronym “HSO” here: … / Library / Application Support / Steinberg / Content / VST Sound
Delete the following folder: … Library / Application Support / Steinberg / Content / HALion / VST Sound / VST Sound - HSO
I followed the instructions and still received the error message. The above did not work. Now my work flow has slowed down. Why would Steinberg put out a program like this? (HSO). What would happen if I reinstalled the HSO demo software?