What to do in case a VST/ AU plug-in won't appear in Live
- Live Versions: All
- Operating System: All
In case a plug-in is not showing up in Live's plug-in folder, please take the following steps:
Ensure you have the correct versions of the plug-ins installed
- 32-bit plug-ins will not show up in the 64-bit version of Live, and vice versa. Ensure that you install the correct version of the plug-in depending on which version of Live you are using.
- Some modern plug-ins are only available in 64-bit (such as Kontakt as of version 5.1). If you are using the 32-bit version of Live, these will not show up.
- Some older plug-ins are only available in 32-bit and will not show up in the 64-bit version of Live.
- It's not recommended to store the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of plug-ins in the same folder.
Update the plug-in
Check the manufacturer's website and make sure you have installed the latest version of the plug-in.
Ensure you have installed the plug-in in the correct location
Check the default installation locations here:
- Recommendations for using VST plug-ins on Windows
- Recommendations for using AU and VST plug-ins on Mac
Perform a deep rescan of the plug-ins folder
Hold ALT/Option and press "Rescan plug-ins" in Live's preferences in the File/Folder section. This will perform a deep rescan of all installed plug-ins.
Make sure you are installing a VST 2 plug-in - VST 3 is not supported
VST 3 is not supported on Live. If you are trying to install a VST3 plug-in, check to see if there is a VST 2 version instead. If on Mac, there may be an AU version available.
Don't move the standalone or VST versions after installing (Win only)
- VST plug-ins might stop working when the stand-alone application of the plug-in gets moved, renamed or uninstalled.
- It's recommended to always install VSTs directly to the correct destination folder, rather than manually moving the DLL file afterwards.
Use Admin rights (Win only)
Certain plug-ins require Live to run with admin rights. For example plug-ins which offer the possibility to drag MIDI clips from the plug-in into Live, like Toontrack's EZDrummer.