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VST path - where to put the plugins

When applications look for the VST folder, they probably follow the steps below, but sadly the approaches differ because there isn't a proper defined standard on how to establish the correct paths. For example, Windows developers (who often don't know enough about non-Windows systems) tend to forget the importance of using the environment variables. According to the Audacity team the search order is supposed to be:
  1. The current directory of the currently running program (but don't put your VSTs there)
  2. The path specified by the VST_PATH environment variable
    (this is for 32 bit, what is the corresponding variable for 64 bit?)
And on Windows, additionally the first of the following to be found:
  1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath   (for 32 bit)
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath   (for 32 bit)
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WOW6432Node\VST\VSTPluginsPath   (for 64 bit)
  4. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VSTPlugins   (for 32 bit)
  5. C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins   (for 64 bit)
To set both 32 and 64 bit VST paths like the above, you may use this .reg file or even this new tool which is still considered a beta because it has not been tested that much yet.

Or, on OS X, additionally:
  1. The users ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory
  2. The system /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory

Screenshot of Windows fix tool


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