Using Waves plug-ins with a custom VST folder

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Waves plug-ins are installed to a folder called Plug-ins V13 inside the Waves folder on your hard drive. The files in this folder should not be moved.

Note: As of Waves 12, Waves plugins are only supported in the VST3 format. We therefore recommend to load plugins in the VST3 format only for future session compatibility.

If you'd like to use a custom VST folder, you can locate the default WaveShell-VST from the locations below and copy it to your preferred custom folder:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
  • Mac: Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

Check out this tutorial from Waves for more details: How to use Waves plugins when using a custom VST folder.

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