The NI VST Tool allows you to consolidate all Native Instruments VST plug-ins installed on your computer into a common VST folder. This solves issues which arise when you installed your plug-ins to different VST directories and / or moved the plug-in files to other locations on your hard drive manually. The possible issues include plug-ins not showing up in your sequencer or plug-in updates not being installed properly.
Downloading and Launching the VST Tool
- Download the current version of the NI VST Tool ("NI_VSTtool.zip") from the Attachments section at the bottom of this page.
- Unzip the downloaded file to a location of your choice.
- Launch the VST Tool by right-clicking the unzipped file and selecting Run as Administrator from the drop-down menu.
The VST Tool in Use
After launching the VST Tool, it detects the directories where Native Instruments VST plug-ins are installed on your computer. The installed plug-ins show up in the lists on the left side of the program window. 32-bit NI plug-ins will appear in the upper list and 64-bit NI plug-ins in the lower list. If you are using both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of your NI plug-ins, complete the instructions below for each of them seperately.
Note: The list of 64-bit NI plug-ins is only visible on 64-bit Windows systems.
In the following screenshot, you can see that the 32-bit NI plug-ins have not been installed correctly, as they are detected in various different directories. The 64-bit NI plug-ins on the other hand have been correctly installed and share the same folder:
Adding Missing Plug-ins Manually
If any of your installed NI plug-ins are missing and have not been detected automatically, the VST Tool allows you to add them manually. In the example from the screenshot above, the MASCHINE 32-bit plug-ins are not detected in any of the VST installation directories. This happens when the plug-in files have been moved to a different folder after the initial installation. Carry out the below steps to manually add the missing plug-ins to the list:
- Click the Add 32-bit or Add 64-bit button next to the list you want to add missing plug-ins to.
- Navigate to the folder where the missing plug-ins have been moved to. In this example, the MASCHINE 32-bit plug-ins are located in the Steinberg VST Plugins folder.
- By clicking OK, the NI plug-ins found in the selected folder will be added to the list in the VST Tool.
- The missing Maschine FX.dll and Maschine.dll files from this example are now contained in the list of 32-bit NI plug-ins as shown in the screenshot below.
Note: Proceed with the instructions under SELECTING THE COMMON VST FOLDER below before adding any missing plug-ins to the other list. If there are also plug-ins missing in the other plug-in list, you can apply the above steps to them afterwards.
Selecting the Common VST Folder
At this point, we recommend to double-check the currently edited list of plug-ins in the VST Tool and make sure that all your installed Native Instruments plug-ins are showing up. By carrying out the below steps you can then define a common VST folder for your 32-bit or 64-bit NI plug-ins respectively:
- Open the VST folder selection for either the 32-bit or 64-bit NI plug-ins from the VST Tool:
- If you want to consolidate your 32-bit NI plug-ins, click the button Select 32-bit VST plug-ins folder…
- If you want to consolidate your 64 bit NI plug-ins, click the button Select 64-bit VST plug-ins folder…
- Browse to the folder which is defined as VST folder in your sequencer and select it. This folder may already contain some of your NI plug-ins. If you have not defined a VST folder in your sequencer yet, click the button Create new folder instead and give the folder a name, for example VST plug-ins 32-bit or VST plug-ins 64-bit depending on which type of plug-ins you are consolidating.
Note: Make sure to select this new folder as the VST folder in your sequencer in order to get the plug-ins loaded correctly.
- Confirm your folder selection by clicking OK.
- A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm the process. All VST plug-ins in the respective list will be moved to the VST folder you just selected and the installation paths in the Windows Registry will be adjusted accordingly. Click OK to proceed.
- The below confirmation will appear after the VST Tool has successfully moved your plug-ins to the new folder. Click OK to finish the process.
In the below screenshot you can see that all NI 32-bit plug-ins from our example are now contained in the same folder on the hard drive. If you assigned this folder as a VST folder in your sequencer software, they will now all show up correctly. Additionally, our update installers will be able to successfully update your plug-ins to the latest version.