Sony Acid 6.0 Will Not Load Past ‘Scanning for VST Instruments…’

Posted August 24, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Entertainment

A common problem after a new installation of Acid is that the program fails soon after the splash screen shows “Scanning for VST Instruments… .” This tutorial describes how to work around this problem.


Being in the music business, I play with different audio programs frequently. Recently, I installed the trial of Sony Acid 6.0 and ran into this problem.

The splash screen would tell me that Sony was looking for my VST instruments, and then the splash screen would just disappear without displaying an error message.

This is typically caused by an incompatible VST instrument. You can test this by renaming your VSTPlugin folder to something else and restarting ACID.

Typically, the VSTPlugin folder lives in this folder or something similar:
C:\Program Files\Steinberg

If acid loads with this work-around, just paste your plugins back into the original VSTPlugin folder one at a time until you figure out which plugin or plugins are giving you the problem.

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