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 a custom VST folder you need to locate the WaveShell file and move it to your custom VST folder. Then re-launch Live if it's already running. This will scan the Waveshell and activate all available Waves plug-ins in the browser.

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