Plug-ins

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

Types of plug-in

Audacity can use the following types of plug-in effects:

How do you add plug-ins to Audacity?

See Installing Plug-ins in the Audacity Manual.

Free plug-in downloads

Limitations

  • Audacity cannot yet apply effects to audio while it is playing or recording.
  • Real-time effects: Not all effects in Audacity can preview an effect while changing the parameters of the effect.
  • 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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