How to Add Many Folders For VST Plugins in Ableton Which Only Allows One

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Unlike other DAWs (FL Studio at least, which is what I use), Ableton Live allows you to choose only one custom VST plugin folder. This drives a lot of people nuts, especially when moving from another DAW to Ableton.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution- shortcuts! Here’s how to easily point to many VST folders from Live:

  1. Choose a folder or create one that you will to point to from Live later on. This doesn’t need to contain any plugins. Let it be an empty folder if you please. Let’s call it “Ableton VSTs” for this article.
  2. Now here’s the important step- create shortcuts of all your VST folders that you want tracked by Live and drop those shortcuts in “Ableton VSTs”. Rename these shortcuts to meaningful names (you’ll find out why ahead).
  3. Go to Preferences> File Folder and click on the ‘Browse’ button for “VST Plug-in Folder”, and browse and select “Ableton VSTs.

Live will scan all VST folders you have placed shortcuts to in the “Ableton VSTs” folder. Now, when you click on “Plug-ins”, you will notice the shortcut names as folders. Enjoy!

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