Problem with reading VST Plug-ins and .dll files.

Ableton can't seem to detect any of the VST plug-ins I am trying to run.  I compiled them all into a folder and set it as the custom source folder for detecting VST plug-ins, but they still don't seem to show up, even after rescanning several times.  Most people have said that this is really all you need to do to get them to work, but if that is the case, then I seem to be missing some crucial step.

Is there a difference between a .dll file and the actual VST, and should I be placing them in a different location?  Another possible cause is that I am using a 64 bit version of Ableton that they aren't compatible with, but the plug-in's don't seem to have a 32/64 bit specification (at least they didn't appear to have any, when I examined the file properties), so I am not confident that this is the problem.


Zeke Cottrell 3 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Basically, most (older) vst's won't work in a 64 bit environment, unless you use something like Jbridge to make them compatible.

    Some vst's consist only of a .dll file that has to be placed in the custom folder, others have to be installed first by using an installer.

    If you've correctly installed all your vst's, it probably has to do with that 64 bit issue. Try using jbridge.

    Hope this helps!

    3 years ago | 0 comments

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