How to install Sylenth1 VST Plugin in FL Studio 20

How to install Sylenth1 VST Plugin in FL Studio 20

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.

Step 1

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.

Screenshot of the official website

Clicking on both Downloads links will direct you to the same page.

Step 2

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.

Screenshot of the Downloads page on the LennarDigital website

Make sure you download the right setup file for your operating system.

Step 3

Extract the setup file in the location of your choice.

Extracting the Sylenth1 setup file.

As an advice, pick an extract location that you can easily access.

Step 4

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.

Installing Sylenth1 on a Windows computer.

The Sylenth1 installation process is fast and very straightforward.

Step 5

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.

The Steinberg folder will show up in your Program Files folder after you go through the installation process.

Step 6

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.

DLL file

The DLL file is the only file under the main Steinberg folder.

Step 7

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.

FL Studio plugin picker

This section of the FL Studio 20 browser will also display any other VST plugin that you previously installed manually.

Step 8

In your FL Studio 20’s main menu, go to Add > Manage Plugins.

Accessing the Plugin Manager via the menu

The Plugin Manager can easily be accessed via the software’s menu.

Step 9

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.

Adding a search path in the Plugin Manager.

The search paths listed are the ones that FL Studio will look into when scanning for plugins.

Step 10

Pick the path that has your Sylenth1.dll file. It should normally be Program Files > Steinberg > VSTPlugins. When you are done, click on OK.

Selecting the VSTPlugins folder from the folder browser.

Note that the folder browser pop-up window does not display any files.

Step 11

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.

Enabling the search path

Ensure that the search path you just added is not faded.

Step 12

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.

Scanning for new VST plugins.

Using this method will only add new VST plugins from the path list.

Step 13

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.

Viewing Sylenth1's details.

The Plugin Manager can show you details about installed plugins.

Step 14

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.

The 64-bit version of Sylenth1 installed in FL Studio 20.

Newly-added VST plugins usually appear in yellow in the plugin picker.

Step 15

Open the Channel rack, then drag the free Sylenth1 VST plugin onto it.

Using Sylenth1 from the Channel rack.

Due to its size, the Sylenth1 plugin may take a short while to load after being dragged onto the Channel rack.

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!