How to Find Your Plugins in Ableton Live

Last updated on: 11/18/2019 5:22:10 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.

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

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

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you own)
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you own)

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 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform a rescan:
  1. Launch Ableton Live and go to:
    Windows: Options > Preferences
    Mac: Live > Preferences

  2. Select:

    • Plug-ins tab (Ableton Live 10.1 and above)
    • File/Folder tab (Ableton Live 10.0 and below)

  3. Toggle Use VST button off and on again:
    • Ableton Live 10.1 and above:
      • Under Plug In sources, toggle Use VST3 Plug-In Custom (Win)/System Folders (Mac) off and on again.
    • Ableton Live 10.0 and below:
      • Under Plug In sources, toggle Use VST Plug-In Custom (Win)/System Folders (Mac) off and on again.
  4. 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 load your Waves plugins.

None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.

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