I’m running Audacity on Windows 10. Every time i try to load a plugin (YouWaSHOCK, Spitfish De-Esser, TAL Reverb, etc.) It appears in the enable/disable menu, but when i try to enable it, i get an error popup that reads: “failed to register, could not load library.” Here are the steps i take to download a plugin:
-Download Audacity Fresh after a complete uninstall (i’ve done this about 6 times.)
-Install the .dll file for the plugin.
-Place the .dll file into :c/Program Files/Audacity/Plug-Ins.
-Go to “Add/Remove plugins”.
-Click “Enable” on the plugin i want.
I have tried both the 34 bit and 64 bit versions of audacity 3.0.4. It made no difference. I’ve installed Audacity to Program Files (x86). No difference. When a 34 bit version of the plugin is available, i specify to download that one. No difference. It’s driving me mad!
Some plug-ins don’t support in Audacity. It’s up to the plug-in developer (not the host developer).
Audacity doesn’t support VST3 plug-ins (usually with a .vst3 file extension) at all. “Regular” VST plug-ins usually have a .dll extension and these MIGHT work.
I have tried both the 34 bit and 64 bit versions of audacity 3.0.4.
32-bit plug-ins won’t work with 64-bit Audacity, and 64-bit plug-ins don’t work with 32-bit Audacity.
Most commercial plug-in developers have a list of officially supported hosts on their support page. At least one specifically lists Audacity as NOT supported (I think it’s Auto-Tune), Sometimes they’ll work (or partially work) if they are not officially supported.
With free plug-ins it’s usually hit-or-miss because they usually don’t have the staff or budget to test & debug with every audio editor and DAW.
…I don’t think I have any 3rd-pary effects, but I have 3 analyzer effects that do work. (dPMeter, Youlean loudness meter, and Bitter bit-depth analyzer.)