Problems with AU/VST not showing up in ableton9?

Hi all,

I've just installed 9, and I only have 2 plugins that are showing up in the new Ableton9. My previous 8 installation was working beautifully. Now, nothing I can do will get these plugins to show up again. 

 

I've tried reinstalling them, rescanning, setting custom folders for VSTs and putting plugins there. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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cities in the night 4 years ago | 1 comment

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  • Ableton_Support Ableton staff
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    Hi there,

    The most common reason for this issue is that a 32-bit plug-in will not show up in the 64-bit version of Live and vice versa.

    Check our article for this, and other solutions to this issue:

    https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000349184-VST-AU-plug-in-doesn-t-appear-in-Live

    Also reference our recommendations for installing plug-ins here:

    https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209071729-Recommendations-for-using-VST-plug-ins-on-Windows

    https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209068929-Recommendations-for-using-AU-and-VST-plug-ins-on-Mac

    20 days ago | 0 comments
  • KoiOfficial
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    One interesting note is that there is a file name dependency in whether or not ableton recognizes a given file. For example: I remade my custom vst folder today after downloading the 64 bit version of ableton, only to find that some of my NI plugins (which I knew for a fact were x64) did not appear in the ableton browser. By renaming them "[originalName](64bit).dll", ableton was able to correctly identify them. Jus sayin

     

    3 years ago | 5 comments
  • pheal
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    In case you have this problem, don't forget to open Preferences, then go to File Folder and at the bottom see if the VST folder option is set to "On" and not "Off". Hope this will help some of you ;-)

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • Chris Matt
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    For me it worked just by simply pressing "off" and "on" again on custom folder, then it REALLY rescanned my custom folder again,took some while. Didnt work by just pressing rescan plugins. Now my massive plugin showed up, *happy*

     

    Hope this helps someone else also.

    1 year ago | 3 comments
  • MrTingleby
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    I had the same thing - turned out it was because I'd installed the 64 bit version of Live, which doesn't appear to support 32 bit VSTs. I reinstalled the 32 bit version and all the plugins are showing up now.

    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • Ripple Point
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    I found that by right clicking on the ableton live 9 application and running as administrator after doing a fresh install of the VST's which weren't showing up, they then showed up. I also got some to show up by renaming them as mentioned above.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Funk N. Furter
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    In a word, no. Not that I know of. You shouldn't need to put them in custom folders. Are you sure you've not entered something in the browser's search bar? Have you selected the actual VST/plugin boxes in Preferences: Plugin Sources?

     

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    4 years ago | 2 comments
  • tom49
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    Guys, it has been clearly answered by Ableton that 32bit VSTs wont run with Live 64bit. Please read this. Search for 'A 64-bit host can only handle 64-bit plug-ins' in this online help forum. It will answer some common questions/confusion about 32bit vs. 64bit. Quote: 'This said however, it's possible to "bridge" a 32-bit plug-in with a third party tool (such as jBridge).'

    64bit is the way forward anyway. It was introduced addessing the 32bit memory limitation of less than 4GB. Surely, it will take time for software to catch up, so, we are now in a transition phase (at least for consumer products; 64bit enterprise applications are in place since a long time).

    3 years ago | 1 comment
  • thecreoles
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    How do you install the Live 9 upgrade ' currently using Live 8...

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • su
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    The trick of renaming the VST dll worked for me too (make sure 64bit is in the file name).  

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • zprescott
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    Hey guys, I had the same problem. I was looking in a custom folder I created named "VSTPlugins" under "PLACES" in the Ableton Browser. I was looking for the SignalAnalyzer plugin, but it wasn't showing up there.

    I did however find it in the "Plug-ins" section under "CATEGORIES" in the Browser. For some reason it was showing up there and not in my custom plug-ins folder.

    Hope that helps!

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Nociceptorvox
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    Had this problem with the Red 2 and Red 3 plugin pack from a Focusrite purchase. As it turns out, the plugin installer directs you to install the 32 bit versions in the 64 bit folder and vice verse. So I switched the files and it works fine. Didn't even need the "64" in the file name, although I did it anyways for clarity.

    10 months ago | 0 comments
  • Cfig8
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    The same thing happen to me, Ableton could not find FG X.What I did, I opened the main VST folder to see if it was there and it was. I just add a space between the X and the .vst ,rescan main vst folder and Ableton was able to see it.

    So I was able to see FG-X on the plug in browser.  BTW Im running 64 bit. Hopefully this helps...

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • skymakai
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    Try downloading the 64bit Application, if you're on the 32bit Application and vice versa.

    Although it's true that some 32bit plugins won't show up in the 64bit Application, the opposite is also true; some 64bit plugins won't show up in the 32bit Application.

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • cleonx
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    After a lot of research: THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO CHANGE FROM 32 BITS TO 64. it seems the new NI vst are only 64 bits

    5 months ago | 1 comment
  • Call me dirty
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    Hello the Ableton Team, the version 9.5 has big problem to recognise VST (the version 8 was perfect). I m using the 32 bits version and some of my plugins are found. But Live doesn t find the Arturia plugins (even the vst 32 bits). Please find the solution cause everybody seems to have this problem!! I want the version 8 back...

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • Jonar
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    In my case for some reason my 64 bit redirects were installed in m normal program files, not my normal (x86) files where my vst folder is. So I had to copy over the redirects to the correct folder.

    27 days ago | 0 comments
  • allzart
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    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • reubsty
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    Honestly Ableton should remove the option for 64 bit download. Made my day the biggest waste of time trying to reinstall all my vsts etc only to find out everything works perfectly on the 32 bit version.

    3 years ago | 1 comment
  • AJNAZ13L
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    Even though most of my vst programs give me the option to download both 32 and 64 bit I place them in separate folders. I had the 64 bit folder set as the custom folder within ableton 8 and 9 trial, (64 bit) It worked for a couple sessions, I shut the pc down and the next day I had the same error. I reinstalled everything, still nothing. Maybe I should reinstall ableton?!

    4 years ago | 1 comment

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