How To Install VST Plugins Into FL Studio

How To Install VST Plugins Into FL StudioI’m seeing lot of people asking how to install VST plugins into FL Studio so here’s a short guide showing you how to do it.

First of all, you need to have a folder for all your VST plugins somewhere in your hard drive (default is under C:\Program Files\). If you dont have one, create it and name it to ‘VSTplugins’ for example.

Create Folder For VST PluginsNow, usually VST plugins (most of the free ones at least) comes either zipped (or rar packed) package of files (.DLL file(s)) which you have to unzip or unrar to your VSTplugins folder. You need a ZIP / RAR extractor such as 7-Zip or  IZArc for this.

Unpack the whole content of that .zip or .rar file straight to your VSTplugins folder (or to your desktop and move/copy it to there).

Unpack The Zip Or Rar File To VST Plugins FolderIf the plugin has its own installer (.exe file), follow the instructions given during the installation. Usually it asks the location of your VSTplugin folder.

Next, open the FL Studio and go to Options -> File Settings (or press F10) and under the ‘VST plugins extra search folder’, define your default VSTplugin folder (if you haven’t done so already). You only need to do this once and not everytime you install a new plugin.

Set The Default Folder For VST PluginsAfter that, go to the Channels -> Add one -> More… and a box with a list of plugins will appear. At the Bottom of the box you’ll see a’Refresh’ button: click on it and choose ‘Fast scan (recommended)’ from the menu:

Refresh Plug In ListAfter scanning you should see your newly installed plugin in the plugin list (in red color):

Open The PluginThat’s it!

Now you can double click it to open it and if you want, tick the little box (Favourite Switch) that is in front of the plugin to make it appear in your favourites list.

NOTE that if you installed an EFFECT plugin (not a synth which is a ‘generator’, but an effect – these are two different types of plugins), you can only open it to a Mixer tracks effect slot.

About Petri Suhonen

Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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  1. Anthony says:

    I know this isn’t much to do with the tutorial, but I’v got a question. I recently reinstalled fl studio 10 onto my computer and a few of my settings have changed. In piano roll, my notes I place would normally snap into a bar or whatever, but then when I reinstalled, it didn’t do that anymore. How do I change this setting?

  2. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the video!
    If you are still able to make a video about the progressions of psy trance and how to do effects

    • Hey Daniel, unfortenately I’m not that good at psy trance so I’m afraid I’m not able to create anything like that in the near future..

  3. Joshua says:

    Plugin in failed to load..(?) That really puts a damper on things.

  4. tanx . I love u & electronic music.

  5. DOm dada says:

    I purchased the maschine mikro and it was also came with great programs like reaktor and guitar rig. but i cant get the vsts that are on there intro fl studios, , maybe its cause of plublishing purposes but im not to sure, any help ?

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