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How To Load Arcade in Common DAWs

Below we’ll explain how to load Arcade in common DAWs. Before doing this, please make sure you’ve downloaded and installed Arcade as described here. 

Many DAWs allow you to load a plugin like Arcade in several different ways. Below we demonstrate a single method per DAW to keep it simple.

Note: You must have a DAW that supports third-party plugins. Some DAWs have different versions available, which may not include support for third-party plugins, such as Studio One Prime. Your DAW must be able to use 64-bit AAX, AU or VST2/VST3 plugin-types on a Mac or PC.

If you need help with using your DAW, be sure to visit each manufacturers support site for detailed manuals and user guides, which can also be found here: Learning Resources For Common DAWs

Choose your DAW below

Ableton Live



FL Studio


Logic Pro


Pro Tools


Studio One


Ableton Live

1. Open up your Ableton Live project

2. Go to Categories > Plug-ins

3. Click on VST or Audio Unit then locate Arcade either near the top of the list or under the Output drop-down.

4. Load the Arcade plug-in by double-clicking it or by dragging it onto a new MIDI track in your Live session.


Imageline FL Studio

1. Open up your FL Studio project

2. Go to Plugin database on the left-hand sidebar

3. Go to ‘Installed’

4. Go to ‘Generators’

5. Go to VST3 or AudioUnit (Mac only)

6. Drag Arcade onto an empty channel



Bitwig Studio

1. Open up your Bitwig project

2. In the browser on the right-hand side, locate “ARCADE” in your Devices list.

3. Double-click ARCADE to open it.

4. Double-clicking ARCADE will automatically create a track for the device if not currently selected.


Presonus Studio One

1. Open up your new Studio One project

2. In the browser on the right-hand side, locate “ARCADE” under Output in your Instruments list

3. Double-click ARCADE and drag the plugin to the left corner



Logic Pro

1. Open up your Logic project

2. Create a new Software Instrument track (Opt+CMD+S) in an existing project

3. Locate the instrument slot on the new channel strip

4. Click the instrument slot then navigate down to AU Instruments > Output > Arcade

5. Click on Arcade to open the instrument



Steinberg Cubase

1. Open up your Cubase project

2. Go to Project > Add Track > Instrument (Right-Hand Click)

3. In the Instruments list, navigate down to ‘Synth’, locate ‘Arcade’ and click ‘Add Track’




1. Open up your GarageBand project

2. Go to ‘Track’ from the GarageBand menu and select ‘New Track’ or click (+) on the left-hand side.

3. Pick the ‘Software Instrument’ option on the left-hand side and click ‘Create’

4. Turn on the Smart Controls button to open the Smart Controls window at the bottom of GarageBand if it is not already open

5. In the ‘Plug-ins’ section of the Smart Controls window click on the right portion (smaller portion) of the blue Instrument button. GarageBand automatically has the * Classic Electric Piano selected by default

6. Navigate to AU Instruments > Output > Arcade and click on ‘Stereo’ to load ARCADE

7. To open the Arcade window, click on the larger portion (left portion) of the blue Instrument drop-down to launch the plugin window



AVID Pro Tools

1. Open up your Pro Tools project

2. Go to Track, press ‘New…’ and create a new Stereo Instrument Track (Shift+CMD+N)

3. Insert a Multichannel Plug-In and navigate down to Output > Arcade

4. Click on Arcade to open the instrument



Native Instruments Maschine

1. Open up your Maschine project.

2. In the left-hand side Sound section, click (+) under 'Sound'. 

3. Scroll down past the factory Instruments to the ‘Output’ section and select Arcade (AU or VST). 

4. Double-click on the icon labeled ‘Arcade’ or click the arrow right next to 'Sound'.




1. Open up your Reason project

2. In the left-hand side Browser section, select Instruments

3. Scroll down past the factory Instruments to the ‘Output’ section. Note: You can also type ‘arcade’ in the search bar to be directed to the Arcade VST

4. Double-click on the ‘VST Plugin’ icon labeled with ‘Arcade’ or drag it into an available rack space to the right-hand side of the Browser




Akai Pro MPC2

1. Open up your MPC2 project

2. In the left-hand side Track section, select the Plugin button Screen_Shot_2023-02-22_at_20.25.48.png

3. Under the Track section, your will see the PROGRAM section with a Plugin drop-down. Select the appropriate plugin-type path of your choice (VST, Audio Unit) and either double-click the Arcade plugin, or highlight the Arcade plugin and press "Select." 

4. To view Arcade, select the Screen_Shot_2023-02-22_at_20.24.53.png button next to the Plugin drop-down menu.



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