Nexus by reFX is one of thebest and most widely used software synths in the market. This product has stood the test of time, and is still getting used in music projects as the years go by. It should be noted that Nexus is not really a synth per se, but a sort of “rompler”. Meaning, it is like a synths sampler engine for manipulating pre-made synth patches,hence it can’t really generate a sound of it’s own, but thrives on imported WAV sample presets and patches. Hence, it is imperative that one installs lots of third party presets and patches to get a good use out of it. Which brings us to the topic of discussion.
Sample patches and presets specifically made for Nexus are bundled in the nxp and fxp file extension formats. So these are the file types you will be integrating into Nexus to get more sounds to work with. Now I am going to show you how to import reFX Nexus presets expansion pack using nxp fxp files. For proper check before further troubleshooting, make sure you already really know how to install third party plugins before proceeding.
Importing presets into Nexus
When you run the software installer, Nexus automatically installs a folder named “Nexus Content” on your computer. By default, you should find the folder in either of the following directories:
Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\Nexus Content
Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\Image Line\FL Studio\Plugins\Nexus Content
If not, search the custom location you must have chosen during installation. An easier way to find this is to simply type – Nexus Content in the windows search bar, then right click on the result and select open file location. After finding the folder, navigate to the presets folder, and this is where you will extract and place the folder containing your new presets. Along with the default folders. Hence, if for example your new folder is “pad presets”, then the directory will be like this:
…..Nexus Content\Presets\pad presets
Importing expansion packs into Nexus
Nexus expansion packs often come bundled in the .nxp file format. Simply extract and place folders containing these nxp files in the “Nexus Content” folder.
If your new expansion pack is still not showing up inside Nexus, simply click the ‘sys’ button on the UI as seen in the image below.
Then click ‘import data’ on the next screen, and navigate to any location where your nxp file is.
Now your expansion should show up on the list.
Troubleshooting further Nexus content loading error
If after following the above steps Nexus still won’t find the contents, it must have something to do with previous installation of Nexus of an earlier version on your computer. You have to make sure you get rid of all remnant files from previous installation to make it work. Follow these simple steps.
Uninstall Nexus and any previous versions
After Uninstalling, search and get rid of any remnant files related to Nexus and reFX. You can leave out .nxp expansion files or temporarily move them to secondary system storage partition.
Also delete all default .nxs preset files, new ones will be installed by new installation.
Search your registry for any Nexus related residue(search nexus & refx), look out for a strings that have paths to directories and delete them.
Restart your computer and freshly re-Install Nexus 2
Put your Nexus Content folder in the same directory Nexus 2 is installed to, usually your main VST Plugin folder.
Start Nexus 2, and your problem should be solved. Viola!