Where are the VST 2 Plug-in Paths stored?

mike841
mike841 Member Posts: 5 Member

Anybody know where the VST 2 Plug-in Paths are stored?

Not the VST Plug-in Manager of course, but which Windows folder or Registry location.


Thanks,

Mike

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  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert
    Answer ✓

    On my pc here: C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\VSTPlugins 32 bit

    and 64- bit here: C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\VSTPlugins 64 bit

  • Sunborn
    Sunborn Member Posts: 2,172 Expert
    edited June 2023 Answer ✓

    You can have a lot of different paths.

    C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase 11 (or 12)\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2

    ...or you do not even need to use the word "VST". For example:

    C:\Program Files\Magix\Sound Forge Pro\Plugins

    You can install them anywhere you like, even in your Documents!

    However, you have to add all those paths in Cubase. Otherwise Cubase can not find them.

    You can also define a default through Registry, so when you install plugins you don't need to change the path every time they ask you, while installation. Here are the paths:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VST

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\VST

    If they are empty, just create a new String Value, name it as "VSTPluginsPath", then double-click on it and add the path to your disc. ;-)

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  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert
    Answer ✓

    On my pc here: C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\VSTPlugins 32 bit

    and 64- bit here: C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\VSTPlugins 64 bit

  • mike841
    mike841 Member Posts: 5 Member

    Lol!

    Thanks Paule, but I meant this for Cubase.

    I Know, I Know!

    (Pssst,, Please don't tell anyone.)

  • EvilDragon
    EvilDragon Moderator Posts: 1,021 mod

    Default VST2 path is C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VstPlugins\

    But this is a horrible default and should be changed to some place outside of Program Files. :)

  • Sunborn
    Sunborn Member Posts: 2,172 Expert
    edited June 2023 Answer ✓

    You can have a lot of different paths.

    C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase 11 (or 12)\VSTPlugins

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2

    ...or you do not even need to use the word "VST". For example:

    C:\Program Files\Magix\Sound Forge Pro\Plugins

    You can install them anywhere you like, even in your Documents!

    However, you have to add all those paths in Cubase. Otherwise Cubase can not find them.

    You can also define a default through Registry, so when you install plugins you don't need to change the path every time they ask you, while installation. Here are the paths:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VST

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\VST

    If they are empty, just create a new String Value, name it as "VSTPluginsPath", then double-click on it and add the path to your disc. ;-)

  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert

    If you set my path in Cubase for NI instruments only and there is an update you don't have to copy the new version in Steinberg/vst folder.

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