How to Install Plug-ins in Audacity?

Audacity is a free audio editing software that supports many different plug-ins and allows you to set it up the way you like.

In this article, I will show you how you can download and install different types of plug-ins in Audacity.

These are the plugins that Audacity supports:

  • Nyquist Plug-ins
  • Module Plug-ins
  • VST Plug-ins
  • LADSPA Plug-ins
  • LV2 Plug-ins

LV2 Plug-ins require compiling the source code to install them into Audacity.

How to install Nyquist plug-ins in Audacity?

  1. Download Nyquist plug-in from here
  2. Copy-paste plug-in to Audacity\Plug-Ins folder
  3. In Audacity go to Tools->Add/Remove Plug-ins
  4. Find the plug-in you downloaded and click enable

How to install VST plug-ins in Audacity?

  1. Download VST plug-ins from here
  2. Copy-paste plug-in to Audacity\Plug-Ins folder
  3. In Audacity go to Tools->Add/Remove Plug-ins
  4. Find the plug-in you downloaded and click enable

How to install Nyquist, VST plug-ins in Audacity? (with images)

Find the plug-in you like and download it to the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins” folder. Some plug-ins might be no longer available and download links may not work and some links will take you to other websites from which you can download the plug-in.

If you aren’t allowed to download to the Audacity folder due to an administrative issue, then download it anywhere onto your computer and copy-paste the plug-in file into the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins” folder or a respective folder in your computer.

Once you have it in the correct folder, open Audacity and go to Tools menu. Press “Add/ Remove Plug-ins“. Find the plug-in you downloaded and click enable.

Now you will find the plug-ins on Effect menu.

How to install LADSPA plugins in Audacity?

  • Donwload LADSPA plug-ins here.
  • Install LADSPA in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins” folder
  • In Audacity go to Tools->Add/Remove Plug-ins
  • Enable LADSPA plug-ins that you wanted

In download page you have an option to either download windows or mac version. The files will be named:

“[v2.3.0] Audacity¬†LADSPA plugins for Windows – Installer” – for Windows

or

“[v2.3.0] Audacity¬†LADSPA plugins for Mac – ZIP” for Mac

90 LADSPA plug-ins will be installed simultaneously using LADSPA plug-in installer but you can choose which plug-ins you want to enable in Audacity.

How to install modules in Audacity?

  • Add a module file to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\modules” folder
  • In Audacity go to Edit->Preferences->Modules
  • Select your module and choose enabled
  • Restart Audacity

You can read more about Audacity modules here

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