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Step 4: Scanning your VST plug-ins inside Lié Standalone

To give Lié access to all your VST instruments, you will have to scan your plug-ins first. This is necessary since Lié itself has no sound engine on its own. It will always work as a shell for VST instruments. 

Please note that Lié does not check for new VSTs on every startup. if you install VST instruments in the future, you will need to manually trigger a plug-in scan to make a newly installed instrument appear inside Lié.

In order to prevent that a DAW running in the background blocks Lié's scanning routine from accessing some VSTs, we recommend to perform the plug-in scan from Lié's standalone application.

  1. After completion of the firmware update, Lié will tell you that your plug-in folder is still empty and suggests performing a first plug-in scan. Confirm this suggestion. You can always trigger the plug-in scan at a later point by navigating to Menu -> Plugin Manager, then clicking on Options at the bottom and selecting "Scan for new or updated VST plugins".
     
  2. A window will pop up, asking you for the VST plug-in directories on your computer.
    • On a Windows computer, there is no standard folder for VST plug-ins. By default, the list will only contain the standard directory that UVI Workstation's VST plug-in is installed in (C:\Program Files\Vstplugins). This is a popular folder used for VST plugins on Windows. Please add all folders containing the VST 64bit instrument plug-ins that you want to use inside Lié. Click on the '+' symbol to add folders.
    • On a Mac, the directory for VST plug-ins is standardized. Normally, you don't need to change anything.
       
  3. Click on 'Scan' to perform the plug-in scan within the folders. Depending on the amount of plug-ins you have installed, this might take a while. After completion, it is likely that you will get a notification about certain VST plug-ins not being recognized. Don't worry: Most of the times, the plug-ins that cause problems are VST effect plug-ins, not VST instruments. Lié can host VST instruments exclusively, so this is not a bug.
    The “Plug-in Manager” window will now display the list of all VST plug-ins that were recognized:


    Note: If some of your plug-ins are listed in red, they may have a compatibility issue with Lié or their license is not activated properly: You can try to use “Force-scan” in “Options” to get them to work inside Lié anyway. However, this procedure may cause instabilities with your DAW.
     
  4. You can now start playing the factory sounds in Lié Standalone. To load a factory preset, just double-click on it or step through the preset list by pushing the left or right Button on Touché (SE).
    You can also create your own mappings for all your VST instruments that were recognized by Lié. To create your own plug-in preset with 3rd party VST instruments, please refer to this article: Creating a new Plug-in Preset

You can now proceed with...

Downloading and installing optional plug-in presets for 3rd party VST instruments

If you own one or several 3rd party plug-in instruments that we offer free presets for, please feel free to add these soundpacks to Lié. An overview and sound examples of all available packs are listed here: Software Presets on expressivee.com. The installation procedure is explained in this article: How to install optional software preset packs for third party VST instruments

Setting up Touché/Lié inside your favourite DAW

We have prepared several articles explaining in detail how to set up Touché in most popular DAWs (that can host VST or AU plug-ins). Click on the link above to find our DAW Tutorials section.

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