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[[ToDo]] Tell people where they can get free plug ins from.
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{{intro|This page is an overview of the four audio plug-in formats supported by Audacity.|Audacity has built-in support for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LADSPA LADSPA] and [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/nyquist Nyquist] plug-ins, and platform-specific support for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology VST] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Units Audio Unit] plug-ins.}}
  
Audacity can use three types of plug-in effects:
 
  
* [[Ladspa Plug-ins]]  
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<div id="types"></div>
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==Types of plug-in==
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Audacity can use four types of plug-in effects:
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* [[Ladspa Plug-ins|LADSPA Plug-ins]]  
 
* [[Nyquist Plug-ins]]  
 
* [[Nyquist Plug-ins]]  
* [[VST Plug-ins]]  
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* [[VST Plug-ins|VST effect plug-ins]] ''(only on Windows and Mac)''
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{{Hint|In Audacity 1.2, you must add the [http://www.audacityteam.org/vst/ VST Enabler] to your computer to use VST plug-ins (the Enabler is essentially a LADSPA interface for VST plug-ins). [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ Audacity Beta] has built-in support for VST effects.}}
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* [[Audio Units|Audio Unit Plug-ins]] ''(only on Mac with [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_mac Audacity Beta])''.
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How do you use plug-ins with Audacity? Put plug-ins in the Audacity Plug-ins folder.
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== How do you add plug-ins to Audacity? ==
* For Windows plug-ins are usually in {{path|C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-ins}}
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* For Mac OS X plug-ins can be found in {{path|Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > Plug-ins}}
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On Windows and Mac, put them in the Audacity Plug-ins folder.
* For Linux plug-ins can be in
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* On '''Windows''', the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at {{path|C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-ins}}
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* On '''Mac''', the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at {{path|Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > Plug-ins}}
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{{Hint|For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, VST or Audio Unit plug-ins, see the respective links in "Types of plug-in" [[#types|above]].}}
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* '''On Linux''', plug-ins can be added to:
 
:{{path|~/.audacity-files/plug-ins}}
 
:{{path|~/.audacity-files/plug-ins}}
 
:{{path|/usr/share/audacity/plug-ins}}
 
:{{path|/usr/share/audacity/plug-ins}}
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:{{path|/usr/local/share/audacity/plug-ins}} or
 
:{{path|/usr/local/share/audacity/plug-ins}} or
 
:{{path|/usr/local/lib/ladspa/plug-ins}}
 
:{{path|/usr/local/lib/ladspa/plug-ins}}
* To use VST plugins, you need the [http://www.audacityteam.org/vst/ VST Enabler].
 
  
On all platforms Audacity has built-in support for [http://www.ladspa.org/ LADSPA plug-ins] and [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/nyquist Nyquist plug-ins].
 
  
Under Windows and Mac OS, The VST Enabler provides a LADSPA interface for VST plug-ins, so that Audacity can use them. Note that Windows VST plug-ins will only work under Windows; Classic Mac OS plug-ins will only under OS 9 and previous; and Mac OS Carbon plug-ins will only work under OS X.
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== Free plug-in downloads ==
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* '''LADSPA'''
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** [http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/LADSPA_plugins-win-0.4.15.exe Set of over 90 plug-ins for Windows]
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** [http://ardour.org/files/releases/swh-plugins-0.4.15.dmg Set of over 90 plug-ins for Mac]
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** [http://www.ladspa.org Linux information]
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* '''Nyquist'''
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** [[Download Nyquist Plug-ins|Recommended Plug-ins]] 
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** [http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewforum.php?f=42 Experimental Plug-ins]
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* '''VST'''
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** [http://free-loops.com/free-vst-plugins.php Free-Loops] (Windows)
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** [http://www.hitsquad.com Hitsquad] for [http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/win95/PLUGINS_VST/freeware/ Windows] and [http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/mac/PLUGINS_VST/freeware/ Mac]
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** [http://www.kvraudio.com/ KVR Audio] for [http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=q&s=6 Windows] and [http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=q&s=8 Mac]
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** [http://dmoz.org/Computers/Multimedia/Music_and_Audio/Software/Plug-ins Open Directory] (Windows, Mac)
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* '''Audio Units''' (only on Mac with [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_mac Audacity Beta])''
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** [http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/mac/PLUGINS_AU/freeware/ Hitsquad]
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== Limitations ==
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* '''No real-time effects:''' Audacity cannot yet preview an effect while changing the parameters of the effect. Audacity cannot yet apply effects to audio while it is playing or recording.
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* VST instrument (VSTi) plug-ins that generate sound are not supported
  
  
 
==For Developers==
 
==For Developers==
  
If you're interested in writing your own plug-ins, see "[[Creating your own Plug-in]]".
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* If you're interested in writing your own plug-ins, see "[[Creating your own Plug-in]]".
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* To help us improve support for audio plug-ins, subscribe to [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-devel audacity-devel] and introduce yourself.  
  
 
[[Category:Plug-ins]]
 
[[Category:Plug-ins]]

Revision as of 00:12, 12 May 2011

This page is an overview of the four audio plug-in formats supported by Audacity.
Audacity has built-in support for LADSPA and Nyquist plug-ins, and platform-specific support for VST and Audio Unit plug-ins.



Types of plug-in

Audacity can use four types of plug-in effects:

In Audacity 1.2, you must add the VST Enabler to your computer to use VST plug-ins (the Enabler is essentially a LADSPA interface for VST plug-ins). Audacity Beta has built-in support for VST effects.


How do you add plug-ins to Audacity?

On Windows and Mac, put them in the Audacity Plug-ins folder.

  • On Windows, the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-ins
  • On Mac, the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > Plug-ins
For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, VST or Audio Unit plug-ins, see the respective links in "Types of plug-in" above.
  • On Linux, plug-ins can be added to:
~/.audacity-files/plug-ins
/usr/share/audacity/plug-ins
/usr/lib/ladspa/plug-ins
/usr/local/share/audacity/plug-ins or
/usr/local/lib/ladspa/plug-ins


Free plug-in downloads


Limitations

  • No real-time effects: Audacity cannot yet preview an effect while changing the parameters of the effect. Audacity cannot yet apply effects to audio while it is playing or recording.
  • VST instrument (VSTi) plug-ins that generate sound are not supported


For Developers