How to Open a VST plugin in Fruity Loops Studio

If your still wondering how to open a vst plugin in FL Studio then you don’t know what your missing out on! VST’s are one of the most widely used plugins in music production software and are a must have to expand your music creating abilities.

Over time your collection of 3rd party VST plugins will grow large, so its good practice to store them outside of the FL Studio installation directory so that they are independent of the FL Studio installation.

  1. Create your own directory where you will save ALL your 3rd party plugins outside of the FL Studio install folder, e.g. C:\VST
  2. Set C:\VST as the VST search directory. Open up Fruity Loops and select File Settings from the Options Menu. Near the bottom of the window there is a section named VST plugins extra search folder. Set this to C:\VST or whatever the folder you created for your VST plugins was called.
  3. Create sub-directories for FX and Instruments (be organized, as later you will have no idea what is an instrument or FX plugin among your .DLLs).

Install VST Instruments/Synths/Generators (VSTi)

  1. Refresh the plugin list. Click: Channels > Add one > More > Refresh (button at the bottom of the list) > Fast scan. The plugin you have installed should appear in the plugin list in red. If this does not happen, check to make sure you have installed the VST correctly.
  2. Place a checkmark before the plugin name if you want it listed in your favorites and close the window.
    Now the plugin is installed and can be used as a standard FL Studio instrument.To add an instance of the plugin to the current project, open the Channels menu, select Add One and in the submenu that appears select the name of the plugin. An instance of the plugin will appear in the Step Sequencer window.

Install VST effects

  1. Install the Effects plugins (.DLLs etc) into a directory such as C:\VST or whatever you like. (If installation uses an installer, override the default install directory and point it to your VST directory.)
  2. Refresh the FX plugin list – In the Mixer window, click down arrow for any of the plugin slots (external effects banks), click the Select item. In the submenu that appears, select More…. You will see a window listing all effect plugins available in FL Studio. At the bottom of the window, click the Refresh button and select Fast Scan. The plugin you have installed should appear in the plugin list in red color. If this does not happen, please make sure you have followed the previous steps properly.
  3. Place a checkmark before the plugin name if you want it listed in your favorites and close the window.
  4. Now the plugin is installed and can be used as a standard FL Studio effect. To add an instance of the plugin to the current project, open the Mixer FX slot, select Add One and in the submenu that appears select the name of the plugin. An instance of the plugin appears in the Mixer window.

How sweet is that now go dowload all the VST’s you can!

9 thoughts on “How to Open a VST plugin in Fruity Loops Studio”

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  2. thank you for everythings,but my english isnt verry well,and i have many problem with sync my midi controller to pitch and slides of plugin and vsts,how can i sync all part of midi controller to plugins,i know how we can sync plugins in fl,but i ask about outside plugins!!!???for example,legacycell is sync with program,but when i right klick on pitch and slides!!i dont have link to controller,like internal plugins!!! like(toxic biohazard),this site is the best in the world,i learn something special in this site,Thaaanks everybody :)

  3. Im sure you’ve figured it out by now, but check:

    1-That you installed the software,
    2-the vst(name.dll) is in the appropriate directory,
    and fl studio points to that location
    3-that you select it in channel>add one>(click)more
    4-finally check/double-click the plugin of choice(refresh>fastscan if not there)
    *if still not there double check #2
    5-Your plugin should pop up now

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