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How To Load VST Plugins Into Reaper

Posted by Ms.Tris On January - 12 - 2009

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Mista Cee asked about adding plugins to Reaper. This may seem like a lot of steps at first. After a few times it will seem very easy.

Using vst and vst intruments in software varies. The main thing to remember is the path where you saved your plugins. I suggest saving all your plugins in the same folder, maybe adding sub-folders for different categories. My plugin folder may have a path like this:
H:\Plugins and VsTi\ Brass\ DSK BRASS
or
H:\Plugins and VsTi\ Effects\ Free-verb

Next you will have to tell the software where to look. This is usually done under “Options – Preferences”. In the image below I have selected “options then preferences” in Reaper:


Here is where I can set Reaper to look in my plugin folder for different plug ins. I have the option to set each path under “Plugins” to a specific folder:

Now I am ready to use the vsts in Reaper. I insert a new track, then select “FX” to choose the plug- in of my choice:



Once you click on “FX” a new window will open after Reaper scans your plug in folder. Select “Fx” then “ADD”. Now you can go through your plug in folders and select either Dx Vst Instruments etc.:

For this tutorial I will choose one of Reapers included vst instruments,”ReaSynth”:

To use the Reasynth the final step is to tell Reaper what I want to record. I go back to my ReaSynth track and select “In/ Midi Input/what-ever-your midi input is”. I am using midisport 4×4 as my mid interface. In my setup I select” In/Midi Input/In-A MidiSport4x4 All Channels”.

I can record the midi file from Reasynth and edit within Reaper:

When using effects plugins like compressors or eq, the same concept applies. You won’t have to tell reaper what to record. Just select “Fx” then choose your effect, push play and start making your adjustments.

Here is a video which basically shows you what I explained above. It also explains fx chains and how to save effexts chains within Reaper:
Reaper Tutorial: FX Settings from GriffinAvid Youtube Channel

Now you are ready to roll with some Reaper bangers. If you have any questions just hit me up, and I will get to them as soon as possible.

Happy Beat making To All..
Pz Til Later !~

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11 Responses to “How To Load VST Plugins Into Reaper”

  1. Everestmindz says:

    Thanks for this.

  2. Ms.Tris says:

    Everestmindz You are quite welcome!

  3. Ms.Tris says:

    No problem Everestmindz.. I love doing this blog.. thanks for commenting!

  4. rap beats says:

    Great article, helped me a lot! Regards from Spain!

  5. Whats up Rap Beats.. thanks for your comment..glad the article helped you ..take care

  6. Wesley Capp says:

    Well, that is fine, but how about additional choices we have here? Do you mind crafting one more article regarding all of them too? Thank you!

  7. Hey Hey Wesley thats a great idea for a future post!..maybe later in the year for sure…thanks for reading and taking time to comment..

  8. J. Homes says:

    Thank You Very Helpful!

  9. You’re quite welcome J. ..thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  10. Anonymous says:

    Reaper isn’t loading one of my vsts. I followed everything exactly, but it’s still not working.

  11. Ms.Tris says:

    @Anonymous which vst are you trying to load? I may be able to help you better…

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