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{{intro|This page is an overview of the audio plug-in formats supported by Audacity.|Audacity has cross-platform support for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LADSPA LADSPA], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LV2 LV2], [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/nyquist Nyquist] and [http://www.vamp-plugins.org/index.html VAMP] 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. }}  
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{{intro|This page is an overview of the audio plugin formats supported by Audacity.|Audacity has cross-platform support for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LADSPA LADSPA], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LV2 LV2], [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/nyquist Nyquist] and [http://www.vamp-plugins.org/index.html VAMP] plugins, and platform-specific support for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology VST] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Units Audio Unit] plugins. }}  
 
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==Types of plug-in==
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==Types of plugin==
Audacity can use the following types of plug-in effects:
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Audacity can use the following types of plugin effects:
  
* [[Ladspa Plug-ins|LADSPA Plug-ins]]  
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* [[Ladspa Plugins|LADSPA Plugins]]  
* [[LV2 Support|LV2 Plug-ins]]
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* [[LV2 Support|LV2 Plugins]]
* [[Nyquist Plug-ins]]  
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* [[Nyquist Plugins]]  
* [[Vamp Plug-ins|VAMP Analysis Plug-ins]]
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* [[Vamp Plugins|VAMP Analysis Plu-ins]]
* [[VST Plug-ins|VST effect plug-ins]] ''(only on Windows and Mac)''.
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* [[VST Plugins|VST effect plugins]] ''(only on Windows and Mac)''.
* [[Audio Units|Audio Unit Plug-ins]] ''(only on Mac)''
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* [[Audio Units|Audio Unit Plugins]] ''(only on Mac)''
  
== How do you add plug-ins to Audacity? ==
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== How do you add plugins to Audacity? ==
  
On Windows and Mac, you can put LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plug-ins in the Audacity Plug-ins folder.
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On Windows and Mac, you can put LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plugins in the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder.
* On '''Windows''', the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at {{path|C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-ins}} (or {{path|C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-ins}} on 64-bit computers)
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* On '''Windows''', the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder is usually at {{path|C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-Ins}} (or {{path|C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins}} on 64-bit computers)
* On '''Mac''', the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at {{path|Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > plug-ins}}
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* On '''Mac''', the Audacity plugins folder is usually at {{path|Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > plug-ins}}
{{Hint|For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plug-ins, and paths for LV2, VAMP and Audio Unit plug-ins, see the respective links in "Types of plug-in" [[#types|above]].}}
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{{Hint|For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plugins, and paths for LV2, VAMP and Audio Unit plugins, see the respective links in "Types of plugin" [[#types|above]].}}
* '''On Linux''', plug-ins can be added to:
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* '''On Linux''', plugins 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}}

Revision as of 17:56, 29 October 2014

This page is an overview of the audio plugin formats supported by Audacity.
Audacity has cross-platform support for LADSPA, LV2, Nyquist and VAMP plugins, and platform-specific support for VST and Audio Unit plugins.

Types of plugin

Audacity can use the following types of plugin effects:

How do you add plugins to Audacity?

On Windows and Mac, you can put LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plugins in the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder.

  • On Windows, the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder is usually at C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-Ins (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins on 64-bit computers)
  • On Mac, the Audacity plugins folder is usually at Mac Hard Disk > Applications > Audacity > plug-ins
For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plugins, and paths for LV2, VAMP and Audio Unit plugins, see the respective links in "Types of plugin" above.
  • On Linux, plugins 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

Gale 12Aug14: Add links for LV2 (none working?) and VAMP 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. 64-bit VST plug-ins are not supported, nor are VST 3 plug-ins.

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