How to change environment variables to set up VST plugin path


  1. cem
    Posts : 16
    Win 10 LTSB 2016
       #1

    How to change environment variables to set up VST plugin path


    Hello,

    Bu default Windows sets the destination folder as 'Steinberg'... I need to change that to 'VST Folder'...

    My previous Windows 10 (pre 2016) had a registry tweak for it. But my new Windows 1809 system didn't have any Hkey for VST, so I made one from previous experience in here:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VST

    But it didn't do the trick. I can't seem to find any string that contains 'Steinberg'. So I have no idea how the Steinberg path is keep being the designated path for VST installs...

    Any help would be appreciated...

    cheers
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  2. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #2

    You do not need to hack the registry to change the VST directory.
    By Default, the Steinberg path is C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTplugins. That is where the DAW looks for the plugin. You can copy the plugins from the VSTplugins folder and Paste them into C:\Program Files\VST or VSTplugins where all your other plugins are saved.
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  3. cem
    Posts : 16
    Win 10 LTSB 2016
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Okay but you miss my point. I want to change that default! I don't use Cubase and I want to change \Steinberg\ with \VSTFolder\
    in the registry string. So I do need that hack...
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  4. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #4

    I don't use Cubase either, I use Ableton Live, and I have all of my VST's in C:\Program Files\VST. In Ableton/Preferences, I change the Plugin database folder to that and it loads every time. If you installed Steinberg after you installed your DAW, it automatically loads the VST's from the Steinberg studio to the VST folder. You do not need to edit the Registry.
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  5. cem
    Posts : 16
    Win 10 LTSB 2016
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I know all that... But that's was not my goal...

    Here is the answer I received elsewhere and it worked...

    1. Create a new key named "VST" in the folder "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE" MainMenu > "Edit" > "New" > "Key"
    2. In the new key "VST", create a new String Value named "VSTPluginsPath" MainMenu > "Edit" > "New" > "String Value"
    3. Enter your VST path ... press ENTER on "VSTPluginsPath"


    Thank you all
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