Loading Arcade in Ableton Live

This article demonstrates how to load Arcade inside Ableton Live:

  1. Open Ableton Live.
  2. Live will automatically run a scan for new plugins on startup. If it doesn’t, see below on how to manually rescan for plugins.
  3. On the left-hand side, navigate to Categories > Plug-Ins.
  4. Click on your preferred plug-in format, we recommend either VST3 or AU (Mac only), navigate to Output, and then locate Arcade
    • If this is your first time opening Ableton, you may need to enable these folders.  To do so, check out the troubleshooting section below.
  5. Load the Arcade plugin by double-clicking it, or by dragging it onto a new MIDI track in your Live session.



If you are unable to find Arcade in Live after following the steps above, you may need to change some settings. Here's what we recommend:

  1. Open Preferences 
    • macOS: Click Live > Preferences or Live > Settings in the Ableton top menu bar
    • Click Options > Preferences in the Ableton top menu bar
  2. Select the Plug-Ins tab
  3. Toggle Use VST2 Plug-In System Folders and Use VST3 Plug-In System Folders to On.
    • Mac only: Toggle Use Audio Units to On
  4. Click Rescan at the top of this window. 
    • If Arcade still doesn't appear after a rescan, please go back to the plug-in preferences menu and hold Alt (Windows)/Option (Mac) and click Rescan again while holding the key down.  This will do a more comprehensive rescan.

To learn more about troubleshooting Ableton Live, visit Ableton’s support base.


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