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VST path - where to put the plugins


When applications look for the VST folder, they should follow this guide, but sadly the approaches differ. For example, Windows developers who 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
  2. The path specified by the VST_PATH environment variable
And on Windows, additionally:
  1. The first of the following to be found: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath
  3. C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins
Or, on OS X, additionally:
  1. The users ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory
  2. The system /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory

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