I need to cleanup my DLL plugin folders.
I have more than one DAW (Cubase) installed on my machine.
My first rule, from now on, when adding a new plugin on my machine is as follows:
- Install the DAWs own plugins in their default folders.
For 3rd party plugins I have seen two different stragegies:
Assumption: The DAW mfg. will handle putting VST3 plugins in a unique VST3 folder.
(If this is not true please advise).
Install all 3rd party plugins in:
- C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins, or
C:\Program Files\Common Files
Such is my problem right now in that i have plugins installed in both Common Files and VSTPlugins.
For rule two, is there an advantage or disadvantage to choosing either of these folder paths?
Now I have to clean up 3rd party plugins already installed.
For instance, back in 2009 when I only had Cubase installed, I was putting 3rd party plugins into
my Cubase 6 (at the time) VSTPlugins folder.
This is an important cleanup point:
Depending on which plugin path I choose, Common Files or VSTPlugins, can I simply cut and paste these
DLLs that are currently in my Cubase 6 path into either of the Common Files or VSTPlugins path?
As well, after choosing a Common Files or VSTPlugins path, can I cut and paste plugins from one and put them into the other folder?
Any advise would be appreciated.