Open Audacity Go on the effect menu and click on “Add/Remove Plug-Ins.” like shown in the image below. Enable the Plugin Find in the list the plugin that you want to enable, click on enable and than ok. Open the plugin Now you can see the plugin listed in the effect menu and to open it you can just select the effect in that menu.
|It is strongly recommended, when installing third-party plug-ins, that you thoroughly test the plug-in on non-critical project data before using it in production use on a live project. |
Many such plug-ins are known to fail or crash Audacity, see this Wiki page.
|The folders that you need may be 'hidden'. To access them in Finder use Go > Go To Folder > ~/Library ... or Go > Go To Folder > /Library ... |
The Go is in the menu bar at the top of the desktop when Finder is active.
Installing Audio Unit plug-insAudio Unit (AU) is a system-level plug-in architecture provided on Mac OS X and macOS computers.
- Audio Unit effects support real-time preview.
To add a new Audio Unit effect, place it in either of the following system plug-in directories:
- ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components (user plug-ins)
- /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components (system-wide plug-ins)
Then use Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... to enable the Audio Unit effects and load them into Audacity, For details see Manage Effects.
|Please note that not all of the Audio Unit effects that Apple supplies can be enabled in Audacity.|
They will show listed as available in the New section of the Plug-in Manager but if you try to enable them you will get an error message telling you that they failed to register. This is an Apple issue and not an Audacity bug.
This only affects a few of the Audio Unit plug-ins: AUScheduledSoundPlayer, AUMultiSplitter, AUMultiChannelMixer, AUMixer3D, AUMIxer, AUMatrixMixer, AUAudioFilePlayer and AUSpeechSynthesis.
Installing Nyquist plug-ins
Nyquist plug-ins provide most of the optional effects underneath the divider in the Effect menu. They are also used to provide some of Audacity's built-in audio generators and analysis tools. A wide range of additional Nyquist effect, generation and analysis plug-ins can be obtained from Download Nyquist Plug-ins on our Wiki.
The easiest way to install a new Nyquist plug-in is to use the Tool Nyquist Plug-in Installer which is itself a Nyquist plug-in that simplifies the installation of other Nyquist plug-ins.
All Nyquist plug-ins are plain text files that have the filename extension '.NY'. This plug-in installer provides a file browser for selecting the plug-in '.NY' file, and then copies the file to the correct location. Once the plug-in has been installed, it may be enabled in the Plug-in Manager.
- Accessed by:Tools > Nyquist Plug-in Installer...
Installing a Nyquist plug-in manually
It is also possible to add a new Nyquist plug-in manually by adding it to the correct location that Audacity expects.
Place them in Audacity's 'Plug-Ins' folder at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins.
To load the new effects into Audacity so they are available in the menu, use the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog.
|Some Nyquist plug-ins could crash while processing very long audio selections (typically an hour or more). This is due to the plug-in using a large amount of memory and is a known issue in Audacity's current Nyquist implementation. Try using the plug-in on shorter selections instead.|
Installing VST plug-ins
Audacity supports almost all VST effect plug-ins on Mac including 'shell' VST's that host multiple VST effects.
To install new VST plug-ins, place them in Audacity's 'Plug-Ins' folder at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins.Other possible locations on Mac are:
- All paths specified by the 'VST_PATH' environment variable.
You can install new VST effects into Audacity by using the Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... menu item. This opens the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog where you can select and enable the new effects then click to load them. Next time you launch Audacity the enabled effect(s) will be cached and you will not need to re-enable them.
|The list of effects in the dialog will include any detected VST instrument (VSTi) plug-ins (such as synths) and any real-time VST effects that are capable of changing audio data while it's being written to disk. Neither of these are yet supported and they will not load even if you enable or re-enable them in the dialog.|
Why do some VST plug-ins not work or display incorrectly?
Audacity will by default display VST effect plug-ins with a full graphical interface where the plug-in supplies this.
VST instruments (VSTi) (such as synths) and real-time VST effects (that change the audio data while it's being written) are not yet supported. These will not load even if you enable or re-enable them in the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog. VST 3 plug-ins are not supported.
If any plug-in displays incorrectly, you can use the Manage button in the effect's dialog then choose Options... to open the VST Effect Options for that effect. Then remove the checkmark from the 'Enable graphical interface' checkbox and click . When you reopen the effect it will display a simpler tabular interface.
|On Mac, Audacity is a 64-bit application so will not see 32-bit versions of VST plug-ins.|
If you experience a problem with a specific VST effect plug-in in Audacity, please contact us.
Installing LADSPA plug-ins
The LADSPA plug-in architecture was originally developed on Linux. Audacity supports LADSPA effects on Mac as well as GNU/Linux. You can download and install a set of over 90 LADSPA plug-ins. You can then choose which LADSPA plug-ins to enable in the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog.
To install new LADSPA plug-ins, place them in Audacity's 'Plug-Ins' folder at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins.
Then use Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... to enable the LADSPA effects and load them into Audacity, For details see Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers.Audacity will also load LADSPA plug-ins from the following system locations:
- The path specified by the LADSPA_PATH environment variable
Installing LV2 plug-ins
How To Put Vst Plugins In Audacity Download
LV2 is a more advanced evolution of the LADSPA plug-in architecture which was originally developed on Linux. Audacity supports both LV2 effects on Mac as well as GNU/Linux. There are not yet many pre-compiled LV2 plug-ins for Mac, though it may be possible to compile some Linux LV2 plug-ins for other operating systems.
To add a new LV2 effect, place its complete '.lv2' folder (not the files alone) at the top level of any of the following searched for locations:
Then use Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... to enable the LV2 effects and load them into Audacity, For details see Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers.
Installing Vamp plug-ins
Vamp plug-ins are usually for analyzing audio so will appear under Audacity's Analyze Menu. You can do interesting things like attempt to track beats, note pitches, chords or frequencies. Any Vamp plug-ins whose output is suitable for a label track should work in Audacity on Mac. To add a new Vamp analysis tool, add the plug-in's DLL, DYLIB or SO file and any supplied category or RDF files to any of the Vamp search locations then enable the tool in the Plug-in Manager: Effects, Generators and Analyzers dialog.
Plug-ins can be removed using Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... and then removing the file from the relevant file location, so that they do not appear again in Plug-in Manager.
Plug-ins shipped with Audacity can be found inside Audacity.app (in the Applications folder, or wherever you have installed Audacity). The path to the plug-ins is for example /Applications/Audacity.app/Contents/plug-ins. You can reach the Contents directory by right-clicking or Ctrl-clicking over Audacity.app and selecting Show Package Contents.
How can I solve Audacity crashing after I add a plug-in?
Please see this FAQ
Please see this Wiki page for Plug-ins that crash Audacity or fail to work properly in Audacity
> Installing and updating Audacity on Mac
They support import/export of presets (where the particular effect supports this) and support saving presets for use in Audacity only.
Installing VST effects
For detailed instructions on installing VST plug-ins for Audacity see: Windows, Mac or Linux
Adding a new VST effect in Audacity
A wide range of VST effects can be obtained online. VST instruments are not supported. 64-bit VST effects are not supported on Windows or Mac even on 64-bit systems. Conversely on Linux 64-bit systems, only 64-bit VST's are supported.
To add a new VST effect most easily on Windows, put its DLL file into the 'Plug-Ins' folder where you have Audacity installed. On Mac, the easiest folder to put the plug-in's VST file in is ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins. Then use Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... to enable the VST effects and load them into Audacity, For details see Manage Effects.
For detailed instructions on installing VST plug-ins for Audacity see: Windows, Mac or Linux.
Vst Plug-ins Demos
Saving, Exporting and Importing VST Effect Presets
To save the current effect settings as a User Preset, select Save Preset... from the Manage menu in the effect dialog, which brings up the following dialog:
Type a name for the preset then click after which the saved preset will appear in the 'User Presets' list in the Manage menu.
Presets for VST effects are exported to a file. A presets file lets you move settings for a particular effect between computers on any operating platform that supports that effect.
Select Export... from the Manage menu in the effect dialog to bring up the 'Save VST Preset As:' dialog
Be sure to choose a file type in the xe2x80x9cSave as type:xe2x80x9d dropdown menu (xe2x80x9cFormatxe2x80x9d dropdown menu on Mac)
Type a name for the file in the 'File Name' box ('Save As:' box on Mac) then click to export the current effect settings to a separate file.
The following file formats are supported:
- XML format: The default choice, which saves an Audacity VST preset file. This is the least flexible choice, mainly useful for the small number of effects that do not support FXP presets. Most other VST host applications do not support XML, so you may only be able to share XML presets between other computers running Audacity.
- FXP format: Saves a standard VST application file, which is the most portable choice. It allows you to save the currently visible settings. The saved preset can then be loaded by the same effect running in Audacity or most other VST host applications, on any computer or operating platform it supports. Similarly FXP presets saved by a given effect in any VST host on any computer can be loaded into that effect in Audacity.
- FXB format: Saves a standard VST bank file, containing the current settings of all the factory presets for the effect. The saved 'bank' of factory presets at your favorite settings can then be loaded by the same effect running in Audacity or any other VST host application supporting FXB presets, on any computer or operating platform it supports. Similarly an FXB bank saved by a given effect in any VST host on any computer can be loaded into that effect in Audacity.
By default presets are saved to the same location as the audacity.cfg file, but you can choose to save them anywhere. Since there is no distinction between preset files saved by different effects you may want to create a folder for each effect you save presets for, or include the effect name in the file name.
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Select Import... from the Manage menu in the effect dialog to bring up the 'Load VST Preset:' dialog
Navigate to the place where you exported a VST preset file.
Click the open button to load the settings.
Depending on how the particular VST effect handles importing presets, the imported preset may show up in the User Presets submenu, the Factory Presets submenu or may not show up at all.
VST Effect Options
In the effect's dialog, click the Manage button then choose to bring up the dialog illustrated below. When you change the options in this dialog, the changes apply only to the current effect that's open. All other VST effects will remain at the default options shown below until you change their options.
- Buffer Size: Controls the number of samples sent to the effect in each round of processing. The default buffer size of 8192 should be safe for all VST effects. You can set a higher value which will allow faster processing but some effects may not work at higher values. Changing the buffer size is effective immediately.
- Latency Compensation: This setting (enabled by default) compensates for waveform delay caused by VST effects which preload audio data to a buffer. Compensation may not work in all cases, and for it to work, any compensation or latency reporting settings in the effect itself must be enabled. If compensation fails or if this Audacity setting is unchecked, effects that buffer audio will insert silence at the start of the processed selection and remove a corresponding amount of audio from the end of the selection. Therefore leave this option checked unless a particular VST does not work even after reducing the buffer size, in which case you can experiment by unchecking this option. Enabling or disabling compensation is effective immediately.
- Graphical Mode: This setting (enabled by default) allows most VST effects to display a graphical (instead of a plain text) interface. If you change this setting you must close the settings dialog, then close and reopen the effect to see the change.