In this guide, we will describe what VST plug-ins are, where VST plug-ins are installed, and also how to add them in your DAW. Follow the sections below to get started.
VST, which stands for Virtual Studio Technology, is a plug-in format that was created in 1996 with the release of Cubase 3. Since then, VST plug-ins have become an industry standard and are compatible with most DAW’s. VST’s were initially only compatible with the Windows OS, but they are now compatible with Mac as well. The latest version is VST 3.0.However, some VST 2.0 and VST 2.4 are still compatible with most DAW’s.
Unless you have installed your VST plug-ins to a custom folder, the standard installation path for plug-ins can be in one of many locations on Windows. If you can’t seem to find a plug-in or virtual instrument VST within your DAW, the first thing to do is check the folder locations below and see if the .dll or .vst3 file is there. If the VST plug-in is there, but still isn’t loading in your DAW, it may not be compatible, and you will need to re-install the correct version of the plug-in.