where to install old VST's?

Hi all,
After using Cubase SX3 and Windows XP for 7 years, I just took the plunge into Cubase 7 and Windows 8.1. I have a ton of old VST’s that I don’t want to lose, though. Can anyone tell me where I should install old 32 bit VST plugins and if they will play ok on my 64 bit Cubase 7? Thanks in advance.

c/program files ( x86)/steinberg/vst plugins

The default folders for third-party VST’s are:


C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins


C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

However, you can have your VST’s in any folder (or folders) you wish (and you can name it/them as you please), the only thing is that you have to give Cubase the path to these directories.

In theory, Cubase’s built-in VSTBridge should be able to convert them to 64-bit in real time. In practice, VSTBridge doesn’t have a 100% success rate, especially with older plug-ins. And when an x86 VST fails within a 64-bit DAW, the typical result is an application crash.

If you need to use older VST’s, I STRONGLY recommend you get JBRIDGE, which is a third-party bit converter that works much better than any built-in bridge. Fortunately, it’s very reasonably priced at 15 Euros.

You can find it here: