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Overview : Plugins

Serato Studio supports the use of third party plugins. 

Compatible Formats

You can use the following plugin formats with Serato Studio:

  • VST (VST2) - 64-bit only
  • Audio Unit (AU) - 64-bit only

NOTE: VST3 and 32-bit plugins are not supported by Serato Studio.

Installation

NOTE: Installation steps may vary for individual plugins. Please refer to the plugin manufacturer's installation guide for full steps. If you run into any trouble or need assistance installing a third-party party plugin, please consult the plugin manufacturer.

Installing VST or AU plugins on Mac

1. Download the plugin installer file from manufacturer's website and run the installer. 

2. The majority of plugins will install themselves to the default system folders unless specified otherwise in the setup process. If you find that this is not the case, they simply need to be moved to the correct folder. The macOS default plugin locations are listed below:

  • Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components - for AU plugins (.component file extension)
  • Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST - for VST 2 plugins (.vst file extension)

NOTE: If preferred, you can install your VST 2 plug-ins into a custom folder of your choice. See 'Setup' below for further information on using a custom VST folder

3. Once the installer process has completed, launch Serato Studio - Serato Studio will scan for new plug-ins upon opening the application.

Installing VST plugins on Windows

1. Download the plugin installer file from manufacturer's website and run the installer.

2. The majority of plugins will install themselves to the default system folder unless specified otherwise in the setup process. If this is not the case, simply move the .dll file to the default plugin location. The Windows default plugin location is listed below:

  • C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

3. Once the installer process has completed, launch Serato Studio - Serato Studio will scan for new plug-ins upon opening the application.

NOTE: If preferred, you can install your VST 2 plug-ins into a custom folder of your choice. See 'Setup' below for further information on using a custom VST folder. This can be done in the plug-in setup process or by placing the .dll file into the folder of your choice.

Serato Studio Plugins preferences 

Serato Studio's Plugins preferences can be found in the Serato Studio Setup window - click the cog icon to open this:

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Navigate to the 'Plugins' tab to change your Plugins preferences:

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Re-scan Plugins: Clicking 'Scan' will force Studio to re-scan your hard drive to find supported plugins in the enabled locations.

NOTE: VST3 and 32-bit plugins are not supported by Serato Studio. Unsupported plugin types will not be added to the Studio Library.

Default VST Folder: Enabling the 'Default VST Folder' allows Studio to scan the default location for VST 2 Plugins. The default locations can be found below:

  • Macintosh HD:/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST - for VST 2 plugins (.vst file extension)
  • C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

Custom VST Folder: Enabling this option allows you to select and load VST 2 plugins from a custom location on your computers hard drive. Click on 'Browse' to point Serato Studio to the custom VST folder you wish to use.

Audio Units (Mac Only): Enabling Audio Units allows Studio to scan the default macOS location for AU (.component file extension) plugins.

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