I was surprised earlier today to discover that Cubase simply refused to utilize a particular VST3 plugin that was installed in a non-standard location.
I do recognize that on Windows, the locations:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3
are the standard default locations for VST3 installation.
I do understand that this is part of the VST3 specification.
However, I would like to be able to utilize a VST3 plugin in Cubase, regardless of its location, by specifying the plugin location in the plugin manager (just like with VST2 plugins). I don’t want Cubase to ignore a VST3 plugin just because it’s not in …/Common Files/VST3.
WaveLab does this. Other VST hosts do this. I’d like Cubase to let me place the VST3 files where I prefer.