Can't install new plugins

I’ve been trying for the past couple of months to install new .so plugins in Audacity for Ubuntu. However, even though they show up in the “new plugins” section, every time I enable them, they don’t show up. I’ve also noticed that all of the other plugins (not including the ones I want to install) have the extention .so followed by a semicolon and a number, so instead of “”, it would be “;0” or something like that. I can’t figure out how to do this for the plugins I want to install. They don’t show up this way in the folder I keep my plugins in, which is /usr/lib/ladspa/. How can I fix this?

Please, see the pink panel at the top of the page and tell us what version of Audacity you are using (all three numbers). Tell us exactly what version of Ubuntu you have.

What is the exact name of these plugins? If they are common plugins you can install them using Synaptic or “Ubuntu Software Centre” then Audacity will register and enable them correctly.


I am currently using Audacity 2.1.2.

This is 2.1.2 from

And the version of Ubuntu?

And the plugins you want are…? I have the TAP LADSPA plugins enabled in Audacity on Ubuntu 14.04, installed using Synaptic. The so;0 entries in Audacity’s Plug-in Manager are not an issue - the number after the semi-colon is (I think) the version number of the file.

If it helps you can open Edit > Preferences…, Effects section and group the effects by Type. In the same section, if you set “Maximum effects to group” to 0, you can see the effect names without going into a cascading menu.


I am currently using Ubuntu 14.04. The plugins I want to use are all .so files and they are all of the GVST plugins and the MDA plugins. I guess they would be considered LADSPA plugins, but I’m not sure. I just consider them VST.

GVST are VST’s but you mentioned TAP plugins in your first post which are LADSPA plugins.

MDA could be LV2 or they could be Keller’s port to VST for Linux. Where did you obtain those MDA plugins?

Is this 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 or 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04?

Audacity will be a 32-bit application on 32-bit Ubuntu, so on such a system you will need the 32-bit version of any third-party VST, LADSPA or LV2 plugins you install.

Audacity will be a 64-bit application on 64-bit Ubuntu, so on such a system you will need the 64-bit version of any third-party VST, LADSPA or LV2 plugins you install.

You can select 32- or 64-bit GVST here:

If you obtain the MDA LV2 set from Synaptic or “Ubuntu Software Centre” you should automatically obtain the correct 32-bit or 64-bit plugins.


I’m using a 32-bit system. i found the MDA plugins in Synaptic, but I still can’t use GVST. They ARE the proper file extensions, which is suposed to be .so, but GVST won’t install. I got the plugins from here:

How do I know where tho location of the files are so I can put them into Audacity? Only a select few of the effects I want are in there, and not the most useful ones. It’s really just the Delay.

I really want to use GVST GSnap to AutoTune a recording I made, but since it’s GVST, I can’t use it. That’s the main reason I want to know how to get it to work.

I have the GVST 32-bit plugins (obtained a while ago) enabled successfully in 2.1.3-alpha on Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit. Please try this link which is the latest 32-bit GVST pluguins:

Wherever the VST plugins are, you have to enable them in Plug-ins Manager. The plugins are in the correct place if Audacity sees them. Here is the complete list of locations where Audacity looks for VST effects:

I suggest also you look in Audacity’s Effects Preferences and make sure the “VST” box is ticked (checked).

GSnap’s MIDI support does not work in Audacity. You can use autotalent instead - that is available in Synaptic too.


That’s what I used to get my plugins. It still won’t show up.

On Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit I have successfully installed into Audacity the 32-bit GVST for Linux plugins (14May 2015) from

Please have another look at my earlier posts in this topic in case you missed something.

Also you could start over by quitting Audacity and deleting the file /.audacity-data/pluginregistry.cfg in your home folder. This should remove any conflicts that may be occurring. You may have to show hidden files in your file manager to see that file. If you are using Nautilus, use the gear icon top right of the Nautilus window then look in Preferences.


That didn’t do anything. The effects I want are still disabled and I can’t enable them. They show up in the list, but they won’t activate no matter what I do.

I’ve got the MDA plugins working, but the GVST plugins are nowhere to be found. Can I correct this? My plugins are kept in the directory /usr/lib/ladspa/.

Please see my previous replies. I have already verified that Audacity sees those 32-bit plugins on Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit.

Perhaps you need to download the GVST plugins again in case you obtained the 64-bit plugins in error.

Or perhaps you could try deleting pluginregistry.cfg then only enabling GSnap and no other plugins.

As I also said, GSnap does not fully work in Audacity due to lack of MIDI support. You can use Autotalent instead.


I can’t even use Autotalent in Audacity! I even downloaded it from the Software Center, but nothing is getting into Audacity, even supported plugins.

Please look carefully at my other posts in this topic. If the shipped effects are not visible in Audacity, you should exit Audacity and delete the file ~/.audacity-data/pluginregistry.cfg.

You can install WINE and try the Windows version of Audacity.


Do any effects show up in the “plug-in manager”?

I tried installing it on Windows 10, and it STILL won’t work! What should I do now?

What won’t work, exactly? Are you using Audacity 2.1.2 from

Once again, you need the 32-bit version of GSnap.

Once again, GSnap does not fully work in Audacity because Audacity does not support MIDI. Use Autotalent instead. Here is the link for Autotalent on Windows:

What is it exactly you want to do? Do you want to make a “T-Pain” effect on a song?