How to install SSD5.5 Full on Windows (For new users)


In this article, users will learn to install SSD5.5 with the new Slate Audio Center. This is for users who have recently purchased SSD since SSD5.5 was released, and did not purchase/download the previous version of SSD (SSD5).

Note: Previous users (those who purchased SSD5, and used the SSD Install Manager) should refer to this link: (For Previous Users)


           Users can purchase SSD 5.5 at

-Upon purchasing SSD 5.5, users will receive two emails:

  1. Order Confirmation and Receipt 
  2. Slate Audio Registration Info 

Note: If users cannot find emails in inbox, check spam folders. 


Note: If this is the first product you are registering, you will also receive an email with a link to set up your account password.


1. Download the Slate Audio Center from your Slate Audio account:

2. Once downloaded, follow the prompts on the Windows installer                                                                                           

3. Open Slate Audio Center. Then log in using the credentials for your Slate User account.


-With the "SSD 5.5" button selected  click "INSTALL" next to "Steven Slate Drums 5.5 Sampler Beta". This will install the SSD5.5 Plugin file, and the SSD library, which contains files for all of the instrument libraries (including the newly re-released OG One-Shots), kit presets, and grooves. 

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-On the next page there will be three prompts that can be checked, by clicking the circle. Those using Pro Tools need to make sure that the AAX prompt is checked, and users of other DAW's will need to make sure the VST prompt is checked. Otherwise the plugin will not install. Then check the prompt for "Destination for SSD5 Library folder" and  hit the "Select" button, to select the destination for your SSD5 Library folder.   



 -The destination will decide the location where your samples are installed. 
Note: The samples can be installed on your internal hard drive or an external hard drive
Note: Do NOT select system folders such as Program Data or hidden folder.                                                              
Note: Do NOT select a folder that is synced with a cloud backup library, as this will break the libraries consistency. 

-After selecting the destination for Library, hit install to start the installation process. When the process is done, you will get the message "Successfully installed". Then hit "Back to products". 


-Note: If the progress bar stops and freezes before it hits 100%, this could mean the selected destination doesn't have sufficient memory. Please note that the SSD5 Library requires at least 20 GB of memory.

 To register your iLok License, open the email that you received when you purchased SSD5.5

Select the License Code and copy the code
Note: The format of the code will look like this: (XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX)

Open the iLok License Manager
Note: If you have not downloaded the iLok License Manager, you can download it here:!license-manager

Sign into your iLok account,
-If you do not yet have an iLok account, you will need to create a new account

Click on Redeem an Activation Code button in the top left corner 1.png

Paste the code that you copied from your email and click "Next"
-Click "Redeem"

Click your User Name in the top left corner
-Drag SSD5 license from the "Available" tab, to your Machine or your iLok

 Select Base Directory

-The base directory should already be selected when you open SSD5.5 for the first time. If your library is empty, do the following:
- Click the "Settings"  tab, then hit "Select Base Dir" and navigate to your SSD5Library folder.  


IMPORTANT: The path must END in "/SSD5Library" as shown in the image above. Special characters and certain international symbols are not allowed.                                                                                                                                      - Next, go to "Construct Kit" and click the Refresh button to populate the plugin library. 


Select License File                                                                                                                                                                                - In SSD5.5, license files are ONLY used for expansion libraries (Terry Date, CLA, Blackbird, David Bendeth). 
- Log in to the Slate Audio Center, then click "Expansions". Here you will see all of your registered expansions. Click the "install" button next to each expansion pack, to install. 


-This step should also automatically Install and link the license in the settings page. If it doesn't, in SSD 5.5, go to "Settings" and click "Select License File". Navigate to the license file and click "open". Then, go to "Construct Kit" and hit the Refresh button. 


SSD5.5 is now ready to use!

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