S-GEAR v2.9 Upgrade

Existing S-Gear customers are entitled to a free or discounted upgrade to v2.9.
If you have not received an upgrade email please contact us:

S-Gear v2.9 includes:

  • Support for HiDPI Displays
  • Scalable GUI
  • Improved Preset management system
  • Redwirez ‘Remastered’ Cabinet options
  • New license system allowing up to 3 machine activations
  • Added VST3 plug-in format on Windows

Please also note:

  • S-Gear v2.9 is now 64bit only

S-Gear v2.9 is comprehensive update of S-Gear code, built using the latest SDKs (Software Development Kits) for Operating Systems and Plug-in formats.  The update allows us to provide support and compatibility for operating systems going forward. It is an important next step in the on-going development of the S-Gear software.

If you purchased S-Gear v2.7 prior to 1st January 2018 then there will be a USD $29 upgrade fee.

Customers who purchased S-Gear from 1st January 2018 will receive the upgrade free of charge.

If you are an exsting S-Gear v2.7 customer and have not received an update email, please contact us.

S-Gear v2.9 uses a new machine-locked license scheme. On upgrading, you will recieve a new license key.

  • Uninstall S-Gear v2.7 before running the v2.9 installer

  • S-Gear v2.9 will replace S-Gear v2.7 on your machine

S-Gear v2.9 is 64bit only.  If you have 32bit project work in progress, then you should continue to use S-Gear v2.7.


  • DAW sessions will be unaffected since v2.9 is a direct and fully compatible replacement for v2.7.
  • When you upgrade to v2.9, your old v2.7 presets will be migrated into the new version.

S-Gear v2.9 requires Windows 10 or macOS 10.10 or later.

  • S-Gear v2.9 allows 3 machine activations for use of the licensee.
  • The licensing is machine-locked only and does not use the iLOK system.

Yes, S-Gear v2.9 offers a 10 day trial period.

We encourage you to take advantage of the trial period before commiting to purchase a license.

Upgrading to v2.9 will not prevent you from using the older version if you still have work in progress and you do not wish to upgrade a system.  Note that it is not possible to use both versions simultaneously on the same computer.  The S-Gear v2.9 installation will replace v2.7 on your computer.

After upgrading to v2.9, your continued use of v2.7 will be governed by the new v2.9 EULA, that means that the maximum number of machines you can activate at any one time is 3 (three), and only you the license holder can use S-Gear.

If you wish to uninstall S-Gear v2.9 and roll back to v2.7 you can do so.  Your old v2.7 presets will remain.


The S-Gear VST3 plug-in has been tested with the following DAWs:

  • Cubase 10, 10.5
  • Pesonus Studio One 4
  • Bitwig 3
  • Reaper 6
  • Ableton Live 10

We are currently working to extend this list.

Please be aware that the S-Gear VST3 may not work correctly in some DAWs.  S-Gear uses many parts of the VST3 specification and not all DAWs provide a comprehensive implementation of the VST3 hosting spec.

Several DAWs do not respond to parameter configuration change notifications from the plug-in.  This may affect whether on not it is possible to automate parameters in the S-Gear rack.

Please contact us with your experiences.