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Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by bardkestrel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:58 am

I was using Audacity 2.1.3, I think, and went to use the Limiter effect. It didn't show up in the effects list at all. I checked the Add/Remove Plugin function, and it said Limiter was enabled. I went through a few rounds of rebooting Audacity, turning Limiter off and on manually, and nothing seemed to work. I tried updating the program to see if that helped, but it still has the same problem--it says Limiter is enabled, but it doesn't show up in the list at all. It's very frustrating, naturally. If anyone can help, that would be wonderful. I took some screenshots just to show that everything should be working properly.
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:17 am

By default, Audacity's Effect menu lists built-in effects first, then plug-in effects. The Limiter is a plug-in effect. Scroll down the list below "Wah Wah".
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by bardkestrel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:04 pm

Thanks, but I did consider that. I can only show so much on the screen at a time--Limiter is not present in that area, either. (And on previous uses, I would swear it was always in the main list, but memories fail.) No, I did scroll to the bottom, but all it says below Wahwah is: Adjustable Fade, Clip Fix, Crossfade Clips, and Crossfade Tracks.
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:07 pm

What is drive "D:"?
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by bardkestrel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:12 pm

I have an Asus. They want you to save everything in the Cloud, so the C drive is extremely small. Fortunately on the desktop, unlike my laptop (that's a much longer story) they give you a much larger D drive called "Data" and that's where I typically save programs that don't automatically install themselves on the C drive.
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:45 pm

bardkestrel wrote:they give you a much larger D drive called "Data" and that's where I typically save programs that don't automatically install themselves on the C drive.

I think that's the problem. Audacity should be installed on a local drive.
I'm actually surprised that it works at all from cloud storage.

It is possible to run Audacity from a USB memory stick ("thumb drive"). To do that, you just need to:
  1. Get the ZIP version of Audacity from: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
  2. Extract the contents of the ZIP package onto the USB drive
  3. Open the folder (on the USB drive) that contains the file "audacity.exe" and create a new empty folder called "Portable Settings".
To run this "portable" installation, double click on the "audacity.exe" file.
Tip: if you use this method regularly, you could create a Desktop shortcut to the audacity.exe file).

Some information about Portable Settings here: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/pre ... l#portable
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by bardkestrel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:52 pm

No, the D: drive is a local drive, it's a secondary hard drive built into the system. I was lamenting that the laptop lacks this feature, and as such doesn't have enough space for the necessary Windows 10 security update. Asus just also offers a limited amount of OneDrive complimentary (I don't know if OneDrive has this on its own), as well as 25gb with Dropbox. Both C: and D: are local hard drives on the computer.
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:25 pm

OK, but the location of the plug-in is not one of the normal locations for plug-ins.
How did you install Audacity?
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by bardkestrel » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:43 pm

Well, I clicked the link, installed it, and told it to install to D: instead of its default. I didn't change anything else. I'm not sure what else you mean by the question. (This would be so much faster and less frustrating with a dedicated help chat line =() Look, I've used Limiter before without a problem. It's always been there before. I made absolutely no changes to the system, did nothing to the program, but last night, Limiter wasn't there.
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Re: Missing plugin, even though it says Enabled

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:40 pm

bardkestrel wrote:Well, I clicked the link,

Which link?
If it was on this page: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/ there are two versions listed - the ZIP package and the EXE.
If you got it from somewhere else, please say where.

bardkestrel wrote:This would be so much faster and less frustrating with a dedicated help chat line =()

Audacity is free software, developed and supported by enthusiasts in their spare time. I certainly don't want hundreds of people phoning me up night and day.

bardkestrel wrote:I've used Limiter before without a problem. It's always been there before. I made absolutely no changes to the system, did nothing to the program, but last night, Limiter wasn't there

and we're trying to work out why that happened. Plug-ins do not usually disappear for no reason, so we need to find out what's peculiar about your set-up that allowed / caused that to happen - what the precise chain of events was.

So far I can see that Audacity is not installed in the normal installation directory, and no obvious reason why. We need to start somewhere, and a good place to start is with exactly which version of Audacity you have, and how it was installed.

You wrote in your first post: "I was using Audacity 2.1.3"
What happened next? Which version do you now have?
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