UMMMmm This one is for a Sherlock? 🕵️♂️
I copied the VST3 file to the common files but the VST effect is missing?? The DAW doesn’t see the VST. I even converted the file to VST2. Both of them seem to be invisible to the DAW.
First, there is some errant text in the VST docs that I just noticed about changing the suffix from .vst3 to .dll which is a hold-over from RackAFX6. ASPiK creates VST3 plugins.
VST3 plugins are now packaged in a bundle, which is actually a folder. The folder has an icon associated with it. This is identical to AU and AAX and it looks like Steinberg was the last to implement the plugin this way. The actual plugin is inside of that folder, in the /Contents/x86_64/ subfolder.
The entire bundle is placed in your VST3 folder. This is still not consistent among DAW manufacturers. The currently accepted location is:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
However, many DAWs still do not default to include this folder and you may need to add the path manually.
After that, the DAW will be able to find the VST3 plugin nestled in its /Contents/x86_64/ subfolder by descending the folder hierarchy.
This is documented on the VST3 Dev Forum here:
Like Arne, I have not found a single host that could not locate the VST3.
I will remove the incorrect text regarding the vst3/dll thing, but all else is correct in the Docs.
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