How to Install Mirage

There are three types of components that make up Mirage’s system. The installer will handle installing all of these.

  1. The plugin: There is a single file for each plugin format, such as VST or AU. These are installed to your audio plugins folder – a common location where DAWs scan to find plugins. These files are small – a few MB each.
  2. Library files: Each library has a single file in the MDATA format. These contain all of the audio data of the sample-library. Library files can be large – over 1 GB in some cases.
  3. Preset files: Each library normally comes with a pack of presets. These are separate .mirage-something files. They are installed to your Presets Folder. These files are very small; in total, they will only make up a few MB.

Windows

Mirage is available as a plugin for any Windows DAW (digital audio workstation) that can host either a 32-bit VST2 or a 64-bit VST2.

If you select ‘easy install’ mode when using the installer, the installer will try to find the most appropriate locations for installing each of the components. For VSTs, it scans all VST folders that are commonly used DAW manufacturers and finds the most appropriate one.

0) Preliminary requirements

  • Windows 7 or greater (64-bit only).
  • A host/DAW that can run a VST2 plugin. For example Ableton, FL Studio, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Reason, or many more.

1) Run the installer

  • Double click on the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • There is no product activation or licence codes; just install and use.

2) Close and reopen your DAW

  • This is only necessary if it was open while you were running the installer.

3) Done! Find the Mirage VST in your DAW

  • Mirage is FrozenPlain’s sampler engine. You will find your sample library on Mirage’s UI.

Mirage isn’t showing up in my DAW

If your DAW cannot find the Mirage plugin you can try one of these options:

  • Run the installer again and choose one of these alternate plugin folders: C:/Program Files/Steinberg/VSTPlugins or C:/Program Files/Common Files/VST2.
  • In your DAW’s settings, there is often a way to add extra folders VST searching. Add to that list the folder that you installed Mirage to.

File Details

  • The plugin: The installer will recommend to a reasonable location from one of the following options:
    • 64-bit: C:/Program Files/VSTPlugins
    • 64-bit: C:/Program Files/Steinberg/VSTPlugins
    • 64-bit: C:/Program Files/Common Files/VST2
    • 64-bit: C:/Program Files/Common Files/Steinberg/VST2
    • 32-bit: C:/Program Files (x86)/VSTPlugins
    • 32-bit: C:/Program Files (x86)/Steinberg/VstPlugins
  • Library files: C:/Users/name/Documents/FrozenPlain/Mirage/Libraries
  • Preset files: C:/Users/name/Documents/FrozenPlain/Mirage/Presets

Mirage also saves a settings file on your computer that contains information about its GUI and which libraries are installed. This file is called mirage.json and is likely to be stored in C:/Users/your-name/AppData/Local/FrozenPlain/Mirage.


Mac

Mirage is available both as a 64-bit VST plugin and a 64-bit Audio Unit plugin; there are no versions for 32-bit.

Libraries can be large files, and so you might not want them on your default hard drive. Once installed, you can move the MDATA file using Finder to any location that you want. If you do this, you will be prompted by Mirage to set the new location for the library file when you next open up Mirage. Be careful doing this though – some DAWs like Logic Pro X can block Mirage’s access to folders.

0) Preliminary requirements

  • Mac 10.12 or higher – both Intel and M1 chips are supported.
  • A host/DAW that can run an AudioUnit V2 or VST2 plugin. For example Ableton, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Reason, Logic Pro X, Garage Band or many more.

1) Run the installer

  • Double click on the DMG installer and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • There is no product activation or licence codes; just install and use.

2) Close and reopen your DAW

  • This is only necessary if it was open while you were running the installer.

3) Done! Find the Mirage plugin in your DAW

  • Mirage is FrozenPlain’s sampler engine. You will find your sample library on Mirage’s UI.

File Details

  • VST: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
  • AudioUnit v2: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
  • Library files: /Library/Application Support/FrozenPlain/Mirage Libraries
  • Preset files: /Library/Application Support/FrozenPlain/Mirage Presets

Mirage also saves a settings file on your computer that contains information about its GUI and which libraries are installed. This file is called mirage.json and is stored in /Users/your-name/Music/Audio Music Apps/Plug-In Settings/FrozenPlain.