Hi, I see the mention of Sononym here, and it’s great. But that’s to do with our samples. Now, let’s address smart(ish) organization/simplification of our plugins. I’m a Mac user so I’ll hit it from that angle, but others are welcome to address other OS’s and perhaps have separate threads for that, for the sake of simplicity. I’m looking for tips. It’s a time of year when folks are buying a lot of plugins (Black Friday & Holiday/Easter sales).
Personally when I get a plugin, I install it in both AU and VST3. The VST3 option allows for it to be used in Bitwig, in case I ever want to use that. But apparently even Bitwig doesn’t necessitate non-AU, if one also installs/uses Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer.
Regardless, this is more about how to logically organize the files and folders.
-There are things installed at the root level.
That is, “/” AKA “Macintosh HD”
-Also, there are things installed in two user folder (home & shared).
That is, “/Users/Username”
Is all of this necessary? Jesus. Is it recommended to leave the installations where they were put during the installation process, and only change from the default installation locations (for the sake of organization) in the cases of being given the option in the installation process?
It just seems bizarre. I’m the only one who uses my computer. Why separate between root and user? And why have stuff in the “shared” folder? Sharing with who exactly? It’s my computer and they want their own I’ll give them some old Mac for X-Mas. Granted, “Shared” is created if you create multiple users. And I have, simply to prevent being locked out (both users are me and both have administrative access). For users who don’t have a “Shared” folder to deal with, just ignore that part. You probably still face the other stuff. Though I don’t see why I “shared” folder would even be needed, if plugins were simply installed at the root level. In fact, I saw a years-old page on the official apple website indicating that it’s best to install plugins at the root level, for that very reason.
And furthermore some things are spread out across the hierarchy/subfolders of all three (root, home & shared). Will it go in “Application Support,” “Music,” “Library,” “Audio,” “Plug-ins,” etc. etc.
It’s crazy and is just chaos. Let’s talk about how this stuff can be simplified/streamlined/made more sane. As in, what are the possibilities and limitations. Cheers