Does anyone know where "User Collection" folders are stored in Plug-in Manager?

My Custom “User Collection” from 9.0.40 Plug-in Manager won’t transfer to 9.5.30

I’ve spent Days!!! creating and updating my custom plug-in “User Collections” for both of the"VST Effects" and “VST Instruments” sections in VST Plug-in Manager. The User Collections I created for VST Effects DID NOT transfer after upgrading v9.0.40 to 9.5.30!!

This has happened to me before! It seems It can happen in either section, “Instruments”, “Effects” or both!

This feature Steinberg added to recent versions of VST Plug-in Manager has increased workflow as I can always place favored VSTs first in each folder and quickly move them around when I obtain new favorites that end up outperforming older plug-ins.

The thought I may need to re-create many fx chain folders I use for specific track/bus applications from scratch is heartbreaking

I just want to know WHERE!!! my “Collections” are stored BEFORE I upgrade Cubase so that I can start making backup files beforehand!

I see ALL! my User Collections" when I launch Cubase 9, but not when I launch the new version of Cubase 9.5, they don’t appear in “Effects” plug-ins.
Can anyone tell me where the User Collection preset folders in 9.0 are located on my mac so I can copy it to Cubase 9.5?
It’s probably a similar location on Windows as well. Any help would be appreciated.

Not exactly sure which one but… maybe this will help you figure it out. :slight_smile:

Regards :sunglasses:

On a PC plugin user collections are in a file named “PluginManager.xml” with all the other preference files, guess it would be the same on a Mac.

The manual says this about the storage location of prefs on a Mac:-

On Mac OS, preference files are stored in the following location: “/Library/Preferences//” under your home directory.

On the Start menu, you will find a shortcut to this folder for easy access.

The full path is: “/Users//Library/Preferences//”.

Exactly!!! the file is called “PluginManager.xml”

I simply copied that .xml file from the Cubase 9.0.40 folder to the Cubase 9.5.30 folder.

It asked me if I wanted to keep both .xml files or replace.

I choose to replace, launched Cubase 9.5 and presto! ALL MY COLLECTIONS ARE BACK!

Prock! Planarchist! You are both scholars and gentlemen. I can’t thank you enough!

I shall send you ice chests filled with the finest brew. CHEERS!

Thank you so much for your help, I am also very glad that I don’t need to redo all the custom Collection folder structure after updating from Cubase 11.5 to 12.

Kind regards and blessings,


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