Using Waves plug-ins with a custom VST folder

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: All

All Waves plug-ins are installed to a dedicated folder called "Plug-ins V10" inside the Waves parent folder (Windows: Program Files, Mac: Applications).

These plug-ins should not be moved. Instead a special file called a WaveShell is installed to the default plug-in folder found here:


  • 64-bit plug-ins: C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
  • 32-bit plug-ins: C:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins


  • Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

If you're using the default VST folders above, then the Waves plug-ins should show up in Live's browser. However if you're using a custom VST folder then you need to locate the WaveShell file and move it to your custom VST folder. Then re-scan the plug-ins (or re-launch Live).

See this tutorial on the Wave's site: How to use Waves plugins when using a custom VST folder.

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