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How to Find Your Plugins in Ableton Live

Feb 04, 2024

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.

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is installed

Check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer.

Go to:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V14, (or whichever version is installed on your device, V13-V9)
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V14, (or whichever version is installed on your device, V13-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.

  • Step #2 – Verify the license is activated (If you have V13-V9 Licenses)

    For V13-V9 plugins to show up in your DAW, their license must be activated. If you installed V14 plugins or Waves Creative Access, you can skip this step.

    Check whether the relevant plugin or bundle license/s are activated on your computer or USB Flash Drive:

    1. Launch Waves Central via Applications > Waves Central.
    2. Log into Waves Central using your Waves account information.
    3. Select the Licenses page.
    4. Select the Connected Devices tab. Use the arrow on the right to expand the list.
    5. Check if the missing plugin/s license are activated on this connected device.

    If the plugins are not activated, check if they appear in the Not Activated tab. If that’s the case, select the license/s and click ‘Activate’.

    If the plugin licenses are not found in the Not Activated tab, check if they appear in a device in the Disconnected Devices tab. If that's the case, refer to this article.

Step #3 – Rescan for Plugins

For Ableton 10.1 and above:

  1. Launch Ableton Live and go to:
    Windows: Options > Preferences.
    Mac: Live > Settings.
  2. Select Plug-ins tab and Toggle Use VST3 Plug-In System Folders off and on again.
  3. Hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click Rescan.

Once the rescan is done, create a new session with a supported sample rate, add a track and insert your Waves plugins.

If your plugins load in Demo mode (with periodic mutes), refer to this article.

  • For Ableton 10.0 and below:
    1. Toggle Use VST button off and on again.
    2. Under Plug In sources, toggle Use VST Plug-In Custom (Win)/System Folders (Mac)off and on again.
    3. Hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click Rescan.

Once the rescan is done, create a new session with a supported sample rate, add a track and insert your Waves plugins.

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