How can I use and maintain my 32-bit VST plug-ins with the 64-bit version of Live using jBridgeM on a Mac?

  • Live Versions: 8.4 - 9
  • Operating System: OSX

In the 64-bit version of Live, you can use 64-bit plug-ins natively. 32-bit plug-ins cannot be used directly in the 64-bit version, but third-party tools such as jBridgeM allow them to be used within the 64-bit version.

An overview of using Live with plug-ins

Most likely, you'll have VST plug-ins installed that either support 32-bit only, 64-bit only or both. These plug-ins are usually installed into one of the following folders:

  • /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/
  • /Users/[your_user_name]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/

If you have "Use VST Plug-In System Folders" enabled in your 64-bit version of Live (Preferences > File/Folder tab), Live will keep track of any VST plug-ins that have been installed into the two folders listed above, and will already show all 64-bit VST plug-ins in the Plug-Ins Category in the Browser (Live 9) or in the Plug-In Device Browser (Live 8.4).

Installing jBridgeM

Download and install jBridgeM.

Please note that jBridgeM is not freeware. You will have to pay a small fee once the demo has expired.

Performing plug-in bridging

Bridging needs to be done as a specific task before the plug-ins can be used. The process is also walked through in the detailed jBridgeM setup description.

  1. Run the jBridgerM tool.
  2. In the window that is shown, the default setting "Bridge 32bit plugins" works well in most situations. If you only have a few VSTs and already know which of them are 32-bit and need to be bridged, you can select the option to choose some plug-ins only manually.
  3. In the same window, now choose that you'll be using a 64-bit VST host.
  4. After you've done this, the jBridgerM will start analyzing all VST plug-ins in your two system folders.
  5. When this is finished, the jBridgerM tool will create a folder that contains all bridged plug-ins, as shown at the bottom of the window: /Users/[your_user_name]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/PluginsBridgedFor64BitVSTHosts
  6. Remember this path and quit jBridgerM.

Cleaning up

If you have manually chosen specific plug-ins only to be bridged, as mentioned above, you can skip this and proceed with making Live aware of the bridged plug-ins.

Otherwise, as the bridging process has scanned all available 32-bit plug-ins, you'll most likely see bridged versions of VST plug-ins that are also available as native 64-bit plug-ins. Since the bridged versions are unnecessary here, follow these steps to remove them:

  • Navigate to the folder /Users/[your_user_name]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/PluginsBridgedFor64BitVSTHosts
  • Manually delete all .vst files from this folder that you know are installed as native 64-bit plug-ins.

Making Live aware of the bridged plug-ins

Finally, to make the bridged plug-ins appear in Live's Plug-In-Device browser:

  • Start Live, open the Preferences and show the File/Folder tab.
  • Enable "Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder" and select /Users/[your_user_name]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/PluginsBridgedFor64BitVSTHosts as the Custom Folder.
  • Live will now scan this folder and show all bridged VST plug-ins in a dedicated subfolder in the Plug-Ins Category in the Browser (Live 9) or in the Plug-In Device Browser (Live 8.4).


Updates to Live will not affect this functionality, so your jBridgeM settings and bridged plug-ins will still work after updating.

Updates to jBridgeM should be installed over the older version. Nothing else needs to be done.

Learn more about the 64-bit version of Live

Troubleshooting jBridgeM issues

General questions on jBridgeM usage

Specific information for running jBridgeM on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and above