How to Install VST Plugins

This emindsca teaches you how to install VST plug-ins (virtual studio technology). Fortunately, adding VST plug-ins to your favourite audio software is simple. You simply need to use your audio software to locate the VST plug-in directory you want to use and then download the file. The instructions below will walk you through everything you need to know.


1. Download and install your preferred audio software on your computer. Anything from a full suite like Ableton Live to freeware like Audacity or VST Host can be used. Ableton Live will be used in this demonstration.

2. Locate the directory containing your VST plug-ins. Some software includes this in the programme file, in which case you can skip this step and move on to the next. Ableton Live requires you to do this manually, as shown below.

Go to the “Options” menu and select “Preferences”.

Under “Preferences”, select the “File Folder” menu.

Click the “Browse” button next to “VST Plug-In Custom Folder”.

Select the folder you would like Ableton to use for VST Plug-Ins.

Confirm that the “Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder” option is turned on, and the file path listed under “VST Plug-In Custom Folder” leads to the folder you just selected.

3. Select your VST plug-in and download it. Most VST plug-ins come in the form of a Zip file.

4. Move the Zip file from your download folder into your plug-in. Directory

5. Extract the plug-in to its own folder in your plug-in directory. Do this by right-clicking on the file.

6. Delete the Zip file, or keep a backup in a different folder if you like.

7. Open your audio software and check to see if the plug-in is active. You may need to restart the software if you installed the plug-in while it was open.

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