One tabbed interface to manage all your (windows pc) DAW plugins

Reduce Your Windows PC System overhead!

Accelerate Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) start up by reducing the number of plugins that are loaded by your DAW.

Create preset and plugin notes, assign manufacturers, specifications, and images.

Stop worrying about how many plugins are installed and how your installed plugins are affecting your systems performance!

Supports: AAX, MAS, RTAS, VST, VST3, and Waves Plugins

Using a Tabbed Interface

The UDPM works by allowing its user (you) to create, save, and recall presets that contain listings of your installed plugins. Once a preset is created, you can then designate plugins as enabled or disabled for that preset. You may also create and edit notes about each preset, and also drag and drop an image if desired. The UDPM can filter, locate, or search Plugin listings by name, user specification, and manufacturer. This filtering speeds selection when trying to assign new specifications, setting manufacturer, and enableing or disabling plugin(s).

The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager works like a plugin switcher. UDPM switches plugin(s) "On" or "Off" before you launch your DAW, or NLE software.

The UDPM Windows PC Main panel

    The UDPM Main panel is the heart of UDPM. The tabbed interface houses up to 9 independent plugin managers. The UDPM main panel uses smart buttons, controls, image and note boxes, preset and plugin display panels, and a search / status bar that becomes active based on what plugin manager is also active.


    The UDPM Main panel smart toolbar provides quick access to selected plugin panel commands and tasks also made active based on what plugin manager is also active.


    The UDPM Main panel contains a Preset panel where you can search for, create / define, delete, rename, update, reload, and activate presets. Your configured presets determine what plugin(s) to make available to your DAW software. Example: you can create a preset and name it "Offline" and for that preset disable all plugins and then "Activate" the preset. Useful for the Adobe After Effects or Sony Vegas user who does not need audio plugins. You can create and use Presets for Mastering, Tracking, to disable problem plugins, or just to reduce your overall DAW system overhead. In this way your DAW software will only load and list the plugins enabled from the UDPM main panel.

When the UDPM main panel starts there is one defined preset called DEFAULT which lists the found and cataloged Plugins for the user selected Plugin Manager tab (AAX, RTAS, etc.pc_main_tabs). The available UDPM Plugin Manager tabs are defined in the UDPM preferences panel and are selected from the UDPM 6 Workstation Launcher panel to reflect your defined Workstation. You can also assign an image and session note to each preset.


    The UDPM Main panel contains a Plugin panel where you enable or disable the plugin(s) you want or dont want for the selected Preset. Some 3rd party plugin manufacturers group their plugins in folders. UDPM can detect that and make the folder(s) available so you can enable or disable whole folders of plugins, or enable / disable plugin(s) seperately, or toggle folders which set the previous enabled to disabled and vice versa. Ctrl and Shift keys work as expected as well, and there are 7 toolbar buttons to speed the process. You can also assign an image and session note to each plugin.


    The UDPM Main panel contains a Search and Status bar. The search bar allows you to search for plugin(s) by name, manufacturer, and specification. The status bar provides useful information by preset(s), plugin(s). and buttons.

The UDPM Windows PC Main panel Toolbar

There are 8 toolbar buttons which are made active by clicking on a preset. The first 7 toolbar buttons provide quick access to commands and tasks. The 8th toolbar button shows "Registered" or "Demo" and when clicked opens the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager about / credit screen. 

pc toolbarThe "Disable all Plugins" button does just what the command suggests, it disables all plugins for the selected preset. The "Enable all Plugins" button enables all plugins for the selected preset. The "Delete selected" button deletes the selected plugin. The "Open in Explorer" button displays the selected plugin in windows explorer. The "Rename selected" button, renames the selected plugin. The "Toggle all Plugins" button toggles all plugins for the selected preset (disabled plugin(s) become enabled, enabled plugin(s) become disabled). The "Toggle selected" button toggles the selected plugin(s).

These commands are also available from the file menu, and from the context menu available by right-clicking on selected plugin(s).pc menu plugins

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By holding down the "ctrl" or "shift" key you can select more than one plugin and then use the "Toggle Selected Plugin" command or button. 
The Plugin context menu, the File menu, and Toolbar buttons all have the same functionality.

The UDPM Windows PC Main panel Preset controls

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 The UDPM Preset panel allows you to create sets of Enabled and or Disabled Plugins. The DEFAULT Preset is automatically created when the UDPM Main panel initially loads. This "DEFAULT" preset is also the active preset initially. As other presets are created and "Activated" this will change but, the active preset will always be highlighted in green unless it's selected. Selected presets are highlighted in blue (hover your mouse / pointer over the Preset listbox screen shot to see the example, which shows the "Offline" preset being selected and highlighted in blue). Like Plugins, Presets are stored in a relational database so there are no limits on the number of presets you can create.

 

The Preset panel has a text box with an arrow button and 6 command buttons. The text box shows the selected preset and acts as a search box that also quickly locates your typed preset in a long list by hiting the return key or clicking the  pc search arrow"arrow" button.

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The text box is also an input box: the "Create Set" button allows you to create unique preset names;  rename non-active presets via the "Rename Set" button; delete non-active presets via the "Delete Set" button; update and or search for newly added or removed plugin(s) for the selected preset, and assign the selected preset to the work station for auto activation (preset assignment checkbox must be checked) via the "Update Set" button; revert active preset changes via the  "Reload Set" button; check for newly added plugin(s), confirm plugin(s) are still available and have not been removed via the "Activate" button.

Note: the preset commands screen shot shows non active commands for the active preset "DEFAULT", hover your mouse /pointer over the preset command screen shot and notice the active commands for the non active preset "Offline".

These commands are also available from the file menu.pc presetmenu1

and by the preset context menu available by right-clicking on the selected preset. Available commands differ for active and non-active presets. The preset context menu, preset file menu, and the preset buttons all have the same functionality. pc presetcontext1

You can hover your mouse / pointer over the provided screen shots and see what commands are disabled  for the non active preset.

 

 

 

 

Each time you create a preset, UDPM automatically assigns and places 1 of 4 sequenced images in the "Preset Image" box, and text describing the Active green highlighted preset in the "Session Notes" box for you. pc presetimage1You can also drag drop, and save your image for each UDPM preset if you desire. You can also delete your drag & dropped images as well.

What's a session without session notes?

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You can add, save and or delete "Session Notes" for each preset. UDPM appends your added notes to the active preset directives. Example; The added session notes for the Default preset is "DEFAULT is the ACTIVE preset. Press the ReLoad Set button to Revert Changes. Press the ACTIVATE button, or enter a new Preset Name to cement Changes." your added notes are appended below "- DEFAULT Notes -" and stored in the database. The "Session Notes" box also serves as a status and confirmation window.

 

The UDPM Windows PC Main panel Plugin controls

The UDPM plugin panel is where your installed plugins are listed. There are independent color coded plugin panels assigned to each tab selected UDPM Plugin Manager. When UDPM starts, it searches for, catalogs, sorts, and stores the name, manufacturer, and specification of installed plugins for each plugin manager assigned to the user defined workstation. This data is assigned to the "DEFAULT" preset, and is stored in a relational database. UDPM was developed with speed in mind so we decided to build an index of manufacturers, and specifications. As of this writing, only a limited amount of plugins are currently defined. Future updates will contain more. Non-indexed plugins are assigned a "General" specification and manufacturer name based on a key word which you are free to change. Example; if the plugin is not indexed but contains EQ in its name then EQ will be its specification. 

    Each time UDPM starts after the initial indexing and cataloging, UDPM searches for newly installed or removed plugins for the last tabbed plugin manager you selected or the 1st listed plugin manager for your Workstation. pc main addedThe UDPM Plugin panel listing will change if plugins are removed or new plugins are found. If the plugin panel headers are "Status", "Type", "Name", and "Path" then only added, duplicated, re-ordered, or removed plugin(s) and or folders are listed. Only the "Update Set" button, menu item, and right-click context menu commands are active and no other actions are possible for the selected Plugin manager tab. The Image box (Image color is Red), and the "Session Notes" message box heading is also changed to "ATTENTION! Required!". pc main attnIf new plugins or folders have been added, then the Windows Explorer file paths are available and the "Open in Explorer" button, menu item, right-click context menu commands are also active. If no changes are found, the plugin panel headers are  "Manufacturer", "Specification", and "Name".

You must select a preset to enable the main screen controls. Once a Preset is selected the Plugin panel headers change to "Folder", "On/Off", and "Name"

pc main plugin panelThe "On/Off" header is a check box which is how you indicate Enabled or Disabled for the plugin on that row. Hover your mouse /pointer over the screen shot to see the check box. Also the dot to the right of plugin name shows the actual state on the plugin. In this example pc main plugin chkthe dot indicates the plugin in currently enabled. The "Plugin Notes" message box background is green. pc plugin enabledThe unchecked box indicates you want this plugin disabled for the currently selected preset. In this example pc main plugin unchkthe open circle indicates the plugin is currently disabled. The "Plugin Notes" message box background color is yellow. pc plugin disabled

Assigning, or Updating "Plugin Specification", and "Plugin Manufacturer" is a snap. You simply select the Plugin(s) [hold down the "Ctrl" or "Shift" keys to select more one plugin] then either enter or select the Specification pc plugin specsor Manufacturer pc plugin manufacfrom respective combo pull down boxes and then click the "u" button. UDPM ships with a short list of Manufacturers and Specifications, unique names are sorted and added to the list. You can also Search for and display plugins by selecting the highlighting the Specification or Manufacturer and clicking the "s" button. UDPM plugin panel headers change when search results are displayed; search result headers are "Manufacturer", "On/Off", "Specification", and "Name" sorted by Manufacturer or Specification based on search criterion.pc plugin search

The UDPM Windows PC Main panel Search & Status bar

The UDPM Main Search & Status bar is located below the UDPM main plugin panel. The UDPM Search box allows you to filter the plugin(s) list(s) based on your selected and entered criterion. You can filter by "Manufacturer", "Plug-In name", or "Specification" with the following entered text options "Begins With", "Contains", "Is Exactly", and "Ends With". pc main statusboxThe UDPM Search box also has 4 task buttons; "r" button to Reload the active preset; "e" button to enable all listed plugin(s); "d" button to disabled all listed plugin(s); and "x" button to clear the Search box. The UDPM Status bar is located below the Search bar and displays various kinds of status information. Hovering your mouse / pointer over buttons and panels describes command and task functions. The UDPM Status also displays the number Plugins found as "Count:", selected preset as unique "ID:"; selected plugin as unique "ID:", and the total number of enabled plugins for the selected preset as "Plugin(s) Enabled: ##", and the number of disabled plugins for the selected preset as "Plugin(s) Disabled: ##". When tasks and commands are executed the results are also displayed in the Status box.
   

UDPM for Windows includes a 8 Workstation Launcher

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The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager's (UDPM) 8 Workstation Launcher is central to UDPM operation. The 8 Workstation Launcher has 8 user assignable sets of Plugin Managers. The 8 Workstation Launcher determines what Plugin manager tabs are shown in the UDPM main panel. The UDPM preferences panel allows you to determine what Plugin Managers are listed in the 8 Workstation Launcher, undefined Plugin Managers are listed but are grayed out. You can then assign the Plugin Managers that relate to 8 different Digital Audio Workstation software applications.

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The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager's (UDPM) 8 Workstation Launcher panel was developed for artists, and producers who work with multiple Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software applications on the same platform, in this case the Windows platform. UDPM OSX Launcher can be found here. If you work with only one DAW, but you need to manage Plugins for the 32 & 64bit versions, or for example, you only want to select the "VST3" Plugin Manager, the UDPM 8 Workstation Launcher can also be configured to automatically start your DAW application after UDPM closes.

 

pc lch selectUndefined Plugin Managers are listed but grayed out. click the Open "UDPM Preferences Window" check box and the "Start" button to define directory paths for grayed out Plugin Managers.

Example: If you're a Pro Tools 9 user who also has waves plugins, after defining and enabling aax, rtas, and waves file directory paths from the UDPM preferences panel, you can then in no particular order:

a. select and name your workstation "Pro Tools" by first clicking on the "advanced" button then type Pro tools 9 for Workstation 1, then click the "update" button to save change. 

pc launch app selectorb. click the aax, rtas, and waves check boxes

c. use the "Browse" button to locate the Pro Tools .exe file. Clicking and checking the "64bit" check box before the "Browse" button, opens the application dialog box to the 64bit Program Files directory.

d. click the "Use DAW application launcher" check box to start Pro Tools after UDPM closes

 

The UDPM Launch panel always opens on your main screen(screen 1), but if you have multiple monitors in your setup, UDPM will remember the screen positions for the Main, and Preferences panels. If this becomes a problem, for what ever reason, PC Launcher Mov & Splash boxesyou use the "Move Main, and Preferences panels to screen1" check box to Reset the Main and Preferences panels to screen1.

UDPM has two Splash Screen modes; the "Use Animated Splash Screen (faster unchecked)" check box determines which mode is used; checked and UDPM shows its processes. Unchecked which is faster only shows a small splash screen for each plugin manager selected to by the UDPM workstation launcher.

The UDPM Windows PC Preferences panel

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The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager works like a plugin switcher, UDPM switches plugin(s) "On" or "Off" before you launch your DAW, or NLE software.
The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager - developed to speed the process of getting to the Music

 

Setting up the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager

The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager (UDPM) Preferences panel is where you configure the settings that determines how UDPM works and what Plugin Manager is available to the UDPM 6 Workstation Launcher. This UDPM Preferences window opens when the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager is started for the first time, and is accessed from the UDPM DAW Launch window check box, and the Main UDPM windows file menu. The UDPM preferences dialog has 9 predefined tabbed pages in which you can define the Plugin file directory paths that you want the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager to manage.We have labeled and defined 2 tabbed pages (AAX, AAX64) for the Avid Audio extensions developed by Avid Technology and used in Pro Tools 10 and later, 1 tabbed page (MAS64) for the Mark Of The Unicorn (MOTU) Audio System developed by MOTU and used in Digital Performer, 1 tabbed page (RTAS) for the Real-Time Audio Suite developed by Digidesign currently AVID and used in Pro Tools 32bit, 4 tabbed pages (VST, VST64, VST3, VST3x64) for Virtual Studio Technology developed by Steinberg and used in various Digital Audio WorkStation software like Cubase, Reaper,and Studio One to name a few, and finally 1 tabbed page (WAVES) for Waves Audio used in every DAW software mentioned.

You must define and enable at least one plugin file directory path for the Ultimate Plugin Manager to work.

Getting Started

The UDPM Preferences panel is where you select, define, enable, and disable directory paths for the UDPM 6 Workstation Launcher panel. UDPM for the Windows PC includes 9 pre-defined and labeled tabs that can be disabled, modified, changed, or re-labeled. Windows installs some plugins as files, and others as folders. We suggest you don't try to modify plugin extensions unless you understand this distinction.


UDPM - Preferences panel controls

The UDPM AAX tab is 1 of 2 pre-defined Tabs for the 32bit Avid Audio eXtension.
AAX 32bit Plugins are used in the Pro Tools digital audio workstation for Microsoft Windows and OS X developed and manufactured by Avid Technology.

AXX directory extention Windows installs AAX 32bit Plugins as folders or directory extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs AAX Plugins as Directory extentions(.aaxplugin). You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed directory extension name as a folder!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.


The AAX Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins\ folder on the main hard drive of the Windows 64bit system.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "AAX" Plugin folder. UDPM AAX folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate AAX Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined AAX 32bit Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, may still contain 3rd party plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue on the Windows platform is to run UDPM as an Administrator.

The UDPM AAX64 tab is 2 of 2 pre-defined Tabs for the 64bit Avid Audio eXtension.
AAX 64bit Plugins are used in the Pro Tools digital audio workstation for Microsoft Windows and OS X developed and manufactured by Avid Technology.

AXX directory extention Windows installs AAX 64bit Plugins as folders or directory extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs AAX Plugins as Directory extentions(.aaxplugin). You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed directory extension name as a folder!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.


The AAX 64bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins\ folder on the main hard drive of the Windows 64bit system.
AAX64 pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "AAX64" Plugin folder. UDPM AAX64 folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined AAX 64bit Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, may still contain 3rd party plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM MAS64 tab is pre-difined for the Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) Audio Suite.
The MAS plugin format was created by MOTU for its Digital Performer DAW application suite.

AXX directory extention Windows installs MAS 32 & 64bit Plugins as files or application extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs MAS Plugins as a dynamic link library (.dll).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!
You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.


The MAS 64bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\MOTU\Plug-Ins\MAS\ folder on the main hard drive of the Windows 64bit system.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "MAS64" Plugin folder. UDPM MAS64 folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined MAS Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM RTAS tab is pre-defined for the Real-Time Audio Suite.
The RTAS Plugin was developed by Digidesign now Avid for their 32bit Pro Tools DAW applications.

AXX directory extention Windows installs RTAS Plugins as files or application extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs RTAS Plugins as files (.dpm).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.

The RTAS Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Digidesign\DAE\Plug-Ins\ folder on the main hard drive of the Windows 64bit system. RTAS pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "RTAS" Plugin folder. UDPM RTAS folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined RTAS Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM VST tab is 1 of 2 pre-defined tabs for the Virtual Studio Technology version 2 extension. The VST Plugin was created in 1996 by Steinberg for its Cubase and Nuendo DAW applications. VST was one of the first plugin formats. There is no uniform standard for 3rd party plugin manufacturers or DAW applications on the Windows platform, so folder paths may differ and may also contain both 32bit & 64bit plugins they must be separated put in separate folders UDPM can help identify and allow you to move them to the relevant folder.

AXX directory extention Windows installs VST 32bit Plugins as files or application extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs VST Plugins as dynamic link library files (.dll).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.

The VST 32bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VstPlugins\ folder but there is no established standard. Check the Preferances panel of the DAW software you are using for this location.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "VST" Plugin folder. UDPM VST folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined VST 32bit Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM VST64 tab is 2 of 2 pre-defined tabs for the Virtual Studio Technology version 2 extension. The VST Plugin was created in 1996 by Steinberg for its Cubase and Nuendo DAW applications. VST was one of the first plugin formats. There is no uniform standard for 3rd party plugin manufacturers or DAW applications, so folder paths may differ and may also contain both 64bit & 64bit plugins they must be separated put in separate folders UDPM can help identify and allow you to move them to the relevant folder.

AXX directory extention Windows installs VST 64bit Plugins as files or application extensions. UDPM searches for and catalogs VST Plugins as dynamic link library files (.dll).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.

The VST 64bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2\ folder but there is no established standard. Check the Preferances panel of the DAW software you are using for this location.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "VST64" Plugin folder. UDPM VST64 folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined VST 64bit Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM VST3 tab is 1 of 2 pre-defined tabs for the Virtual Studio Technology version 3 extension. The VST version 3 Plugin was created in 2008 by Steinberg for its Cubase and Nuendo DAW applications. It marks an important milestone in virtual studio technology . There is now a standard for 3rd party plugin manufacturers or DAW applications to follow, folder paths are more consitant and usually don't contain both 32bit & 64bit plugins. UDPM can help identify problem plugin placement and allow you to move them to the relevant folder.

AXX directory extention Windows installs VST3 32bit Plugins as files or VST3 Files. UDPM searches for and catalogs VST3 Plugins as VST3 files (.vst3).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.

The VST3 32bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3\ folder and is the established standard location. Check the Preferances of the DAW software you are using for this location.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "VST3" Plugin folder. UDPM VST3 folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined VST3 32bit Plugin path.
Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM VST3x64 tab is 2 of 2 pre-defined tabs for the Virtual Studio Technology version 3 extension. The VST version 3 Plugin was created in 2008 by Steinberg for its Cubase and Nuendo DAW applications. It marks an important milestone in virtual studio technology . There is now a standard for 3rd party plugin manufacturers or DAW applications to follow, folder paths are more consitant and usually don't contain both 32bit & 64bit plugins. UDPM can help identify problem plugin placement and allow you to move them to the relevant folder.

AXX directory extention Windows installs VST3 64bit Plugins as files or VST3 Files. UDPM searches for and catalogs VST3 Plugins as VST3 files (.vst3).
You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed application extension name as a file!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.

The VST3 64bit Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3\ folder and is the established standard location. Check the Preferances of the DAW software you are using for this location.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "VST3x64" Plugin folder. UDPM VST3x64 folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined VST3 64bit Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, could still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

The UDPM WAVES tab is pre-defined for Waves Plugins.
Waves Audio Ltd.
is a developer and supplier of professional audio signal processing technologies and audio effects.

Waves for Windows PC platform installs its plugin bundles to the programs files folder and then installs a single 32bit / 64bit WaveShell application extention / folder extention to all supported Plugin folders: AAX, MAS, RTAS , VST, and VST3.

AXX directory extention Windows installs Waves Plugins as folders or file extensions depending on version. UDPM searches for and catalogs Waves Plugins as Directory extention (.bundle) for v9 & file extension (.dll) for v7. You can change this from the advanced screen shown here, but keep in mind, UDPM will look to catalog your changed directory extension name as a file or folder!

You can also change the "Developer", "Plugin Type", and "Tab Caption" without affecting the UDPM cataloging process.
You simply make your changes then click the "Update" button (not shown) to commit.


The Waves Plugin Folder is usually located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V9\ folder on the main hard drive of the Windows 64bit system.
AAX pathUse the "Browse" button to locate and define your "Waves" Plugin folder. UDPM waves folder dialog boxOnce defined, the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager determines if the folder path is writable. Click and check the Enable check box to Enable your selected and defined Waves Plugin path.

Note: Folder paths marked as writable, may still contain plugins that installed as Read-Only, the best way to avoid this issue is to run UDPM as Administrator.

Common UDPM Preference controls & messages

The UDPM Preferences panels common controls consists of 6 additional buttons: pc prefs all2"Advanced" click to reveal advanced controls; "Basic" click to hide advanced controls; "Update" shown in advanced mode and used to save changes to "Directory Extension" or "File Extension", "Developer", "Plugin Type" and "Tab Caption" boxes; "Check Permissions" determines if the selected Plugin folder path is writable; pc prefs all"Save" saves changes; and "Cancel" cancel changes. These buttons work the same for all 9 UDPM Plugin Manager tabs. There are also 2 check boxes: "Use Progress Bar" displays progress of the UDPM Main panel processes; and "Use Alternate Row Highlighting" changes UDPM Main panel by shading every other row.

The UDPM Preferences panel also contains a message window which displays how UDPM searches for and catalogs Plugins, and displays the results when the "Check permissions" button is clicked.

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