How to Find Your Plugins in GarageBand

Last updated on: 4/5/2020 11:21:39 AM

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

Step #1 – Verify Audio Units are enabled

Access GarageBand Preferences > Audio/MIDI Tab > Effects > check "Enable Audio Units".

Step #2 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

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

Go to 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 #3 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform a rescan:
  1. Quit GarageBand.
  2. In Finder, click on the Go menu, hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click on Library.
  3. Go to Caches and drag the following folders to your desktop:
  4. Go to Preferences and drag the following folders/files (if available) to your desktop:
    Waves Preferences
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Caches and drag the following (if available) to your desktop:
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Waveshells V11 (or the version you own) and run the Waves AU Reg Utility
  7. Click on Let’s Go.
  8. If asked to Locate the Waves Plugins Folder, direct to Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V11 (or the version you own).
  9. Restart the computer and launch GarageBand.

Once the rescan is done, create a new project with a supported sample rate, add a track and load your Waves plugins.
If your Waves plugins are now available in GarageBand, you can safely delete the files dragged to your desktop.

None of the above worked? Contact Technical Support.

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