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How to Use Waves Plugins when Using a Custom VST Folder

Last updated on: 6/14/2022 7:44:36 AM

All Waves plugins are installed to a folder named "Plug-Ins V14" (or whichever version is installed on your device), which is inside the Waves folder, located on your system hard drive. These files should not be moved.

Instead, a WaveShell is placed in your host application's plugins folder. The WaveShell connects your host application to the plugins as a software gateway.

Default locations

During installation, the WaveShell-VST is placed in these default locations:

  • Windows:
    64-bit — C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
    32-bit — C:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins
  • Mac: Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST


When using a custom VST folder

If you prefer using a custom VST folder, copy the appropriate WaveShell-VST file into your preferred folder:

  • Windows:
    32-bit — WaveShell-VST [version number].dll
    64-bit — WaveShell-VST [version number]_x64.dll
  • Mac: WaveShell-VST [version number].vst

These files can also be found in the WaveShell backup folder:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\WaveShells V14 (or whichever version is installed on your device)
  • Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > WaveShells V14 (or whichever version is installed on your device)

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