How to Find Your Plugins in REAPER

Last updated on: 10/24/2019 7:52:19 AM

If you are trying to load your Waves plugins in REAPER but 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 ReelAdt.bundle.

Step #2 – Rescan for Plugins

If the plugins you are looking for are not in the above folder, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folder, perform a rescan:

  1. In REAPER, press [Ctrl] + P (Windows) / [Cmd] + [,] (Mac) to access Preferences.
  2. Go to Plug-ins > VST.
  3. Under β€œVST Plugin Path,” make sure that the following path is listed (if not, add it):

    • Windows: C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
    • Mac: Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST3
  4. Click on Clear Cache/Re-Scan.

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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