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This tutorial is an important one in our FL Studio Beginner’s Series !

We discuss Installing VSTs in FL Studio 12.

Over my years I’ve tried to find a solution to keep my VSTs in sync across multiple computers, as sometimes I work off a laptop in addition to my main computer.

And to do that, we have to use something called Symbolic Links.

I know this series is for beginners, but I feel this is important to share with you so you can see my workflow.

What We Cover:

  • A comparison of VSTs vs. One-Hit with synchronization, also VST3 and the Commons Folder.
  • How to Import VSTs into FL Studio 12’s Plugin Database
  • Preventing FL Studio from Overwriting your Plugin Organization
  • Tricking FL Studio by Using Symbolic Links to use Dropbox for your VSTs
  • Batch Hiding the .PNG and .NFO Files from the FL Studio Browser

P.S. – If you don’t own Serum yet.. I highly recommend this plugin!

How to Add Plugins in FL Studio 12

Here’s a step-by-step guide to adding plugins in FL Studio 12:

1. Hit F10 (Opens Settings) + Manage Plugins

First, hit F10 to open up your settings.

Go to the File tab, then select Manage Plugins:

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Select Folder + Start Scan

If you have a specific folder where you keep your VSTs, then you can select a folder to include by clicking the folder with a +

If you’re someone who just to installs the VST to whatever location (probably in C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins ?), then simply click Start Scan:

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Close Window -> Go to Plugin in Browser

You can now close the FL Studio Plugin Manager and head to the Browser (where you select sounds on the left hand sidebar.)

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You can now access your VSTs through the Installed section in the Browser.

For more info on organizing your VSTs, you can view my article:

Symbolic Links in FL Studio + Dropbox

As mentioned, I’m wanting to have everything in sync.

I don’t want to manage multiple folders on multiple computers.

The way I’ve set this up has minimized the amount of back and forth I have to do. (Now I can focus on writing up these articles or producing beats! 😉 )

Don’t forget, I have written up a step-by-step article on working with Symbolic Links:

For more details on this tutorial, just watch the video above!

For the whole series, you can join:
FL Studio Beginner’s Series.