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Plugin missing in DAW

Finding plugins is specific to each DAW, so it is worth Googling plugins missing in <DAW> for each DAW's specific methods.

Below are common folders to investigate, remove and replace plugins, reinstall, and rescan in your DAW.

Additionally, consider the information in I can only see VST2 or VST3.


Apple Logic

If you are having trouble finding a plug-in in Apple Logic, please follow Apple's recommendations, repeated below:

  1. Bypass, remove, or rescan third-party plug-ins in Logic
  2. Rescan all plug-ins; this is done by moving all plug-ins out of their folder:
      1. In Finder, press Option and choose Go > Library.
      2. In Finder, go to Library / Caches / AudioUnitCache.
      3. Move the files from AudioUnitCache to the Desktop (for retrieval later).
      4. Restart the computer, then open Logic.
      5. All installed Audio Unit plug-ins will be rescanned.
  3. Where are third-party Audio Units plug-ins installed on Mac?
  4. Reset Logic settings:
    1. Choose Logic > Settings, and note your Logic settings.
    2. Choose Logic > Settings > Reset All Settings Except Key Commands.

Common plugin folders to check

Macintosh HD\Library\Audio\Plug-Ins\VST3
Macintosh HD\Library\Audio\Plug-Ins\VST
Macintosh HD\Library\Application Support\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins
Macintosh HD\Library\Audio\Plug-Ins\Components


C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins  
C:\Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins

VST2 (legacy)

C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VstPlugins


C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Digidesign\DAE\Plug-Ins