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.

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Troubleshooting:

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 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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