This tutorial shows you how to download for free and install the popular EDM VST plugin Sylenth1 in FL Studio 20.
Possibly every upcoming music producer looking to step up their game in the Electro or EDM genre has heard of Sylenth1. The popular synthesizer comes equipped with four alias-free unison oscillators, each with the ability to produce eight unison voices in full stereo. It also boasts two analog sounding filter sections, as well as multiple modulation options.
As if these weren’t enough, the developers at Lennar Digital thought of adding seven top quality sound effects and an arpeggiator, as part of Sylenth1’s master effects section. The beauty, however, is that there isn’t much of a price to pay for all that goodness—and I am not referring to monetary costs here—as the synth was designed with performance in mind for minimal pressure on the CPU. What this means is that you can use multiple instances of the synth without sacrificing your DAW’s smooth operation.
This sounds good, but the question roaming in your head right now is likely the following: How can I download and install Sylenth1 in FL Studio?
Well, we are about to jump into the written steps. Before we do, I just want to share the following video tutorial which shows how to install Sylenth1 in FL Studio 12, for those in a hurry.
While the video above covers the Sylenth1 installation process in its entirety, I am aware that some of you want to see me demonstrate the steps once again with the current version of the software—that is, FL Studio 20. Simply read on and make sure to use my screenshots as guides whilst you follow my steps.
Let’s take a moment to note some key things. Firstly, you must verify that the PC you intend to use has specifications that meet or exceed what I am listing below.
Sylenth1 system requirements:
- Intel Pentium III and above / AMD XP and above / all Intel Macs (no PPC)
- 128MB RAM
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 (both 32- and 64-bit versions)
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (as an alternative to Windows)
- VSTi, AU or AAX compatible host software
Secondly, the full version of Sylenth1 costs €139 excluding VAT. There is also an option to obtain a license for €9.95 Euro per month including VAT, until the plugin’s full fee has been reached. Nonetheless, we will not be going through the purchase process in this tutorial. Instead, we will be working with the synthesizer’s demo version.
The free Sylenth1 demo contains a reminder sample that plays every 60 seconds, and it has some of its modulation options, presets and exporting features disabled. Nevertheless, it remains a great start for music producers wanting to try out EDM with a tool that has already left its mark in the music industry.
All the important notes you needed to take down are now out of the way. We can therefore jump right into the steps on how to install Sylenth1 on FL Studio 20.
Go to the official Lennar Digital website, then click on Downloads in the navigation bar or the sidebar. Both links direct users to the same downloads page.
Under Sylenth1 Demo, click on the Download button that sits near the name of the operating system your computer is running. Remember, 32- and 64-bit users download the same setup file for their OS.
Extract the setup file in the location of your choice.
Double-click on the setup file and follow all the installation steps presented. Try and maintain the default options during the process. Once the installation is done, click the Finish button.
If you did not alter the default installation location during the previous step, then Sylenth1 should be installed in your Program Files folder. To verify that this is the case, go to your PC’s Program Files folder, and locate the folder called Steinberg.
Double-click on that folder and go to Steinberg > VSTPlugins. You should see a DLL file with the name Sylenth1.dll. This is the file that FL Studio will need to point to so that you can make use of the synthesizer within your software.
Open your FL Studio 20 application and in your browser, go to the Plugin database tab, then drop down its sections so that you land on Plugin database > Installed > Generators > VST. This is the section where you will see the Sylenth1 VST plugin after you install it, so it is important to know where to find it.
In your FL Studio 20’s main menu, go to Add > Manage Plugins.
In the Plugin search paths section, click on the folder icon with the ‘plus’ sign. This will open a window where you can pick the path that you want the software to scan for plugins.
Pick the path that has your Sylenth1.dll file. It should normally be Program Files > Steinberg > VSTPlugins. When you are done, click on OK.
Now that you have added the folder, the path should be visible under the Plugin search paths section. If it is grayed out, click on the path’s checkmark icon to enable it.
Perform a plugin scan. For this, just check the Verify plugins option at the top of your Plugin Manager window and click on the Start scan button.
This step is purely optional and does not change the way you will use the VST plugin, but it is still good to follow through. So, once the scan is complete, you should see Sylenth1 highlighted in yellow at the bottom of your plugin list. You may click on it, then go to the Plugin tab in your left pan. This will display the plugin’s details, including its status, type, vendor and preset filename.
Close the Plugin Manager and go back to FL Studio 20’s browser / plugin database. You should now see Sylenth1 listed under Plugin database > Installed > Generators > VST.
Open the Channel rack, then drag the free Sylenth1 VST plugin onto it.
That’s it, you now have Sylenth1 installed and running on FL Studio 20. It is now time for you to try out the 128 presets available and make awesome beats!