How to Find Your Plugins in Ableton Live

Last updated on: 2/10/2016 4:47:15 AM

If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in Ableton Live but you cannot find them, follow these instructions in order to make the plugins available.

  1. First, check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer. Go to:

    Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V9
    Mac: System HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V9

    The relevant plugin file will be named after the plugin, in this format: [PluginName].bundle. For example, the plugin file for Reel ADT will be named Reel ADT.bundle.

    If the plugins you are looking for are not there, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.
  2. If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform a rescan:

    (a) Launch Ableton Live and go to:

    Windows: Options > Preferences
    Mac: Live > Preferences

    (b) Select the File/Folder tab, and under Plug In sources, toggle Use VST Plug-In Custom (Win)/System Folders (Mac) off and on again.

    (c) Hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click Rescan.
  3. Create a fresh session with a supported sample rate, and load your Waves plugins from the Waveshell VST menu.

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