Existing customers automatically receive an update notification by mail with a download link to the latest installer.

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To install PlugSearch:

  • Open the .pkg file
  • If you get a warning, open System Preferences -> Security and allow the installer to open
  • After installation, open PlugSearch from the Applications folder

    On opening for the first time, PlugSearch will ask for Accessibility privileges

    • Go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy
    • Click on Accessibility in the left column
    • Unlock
    • Find PlugSearch in the right column and enable access


    Follow these steps:

    • In Logic Pro X, open Preferences -> Plug-in Manager
    • Create a new category by clicking the plus sign to the right of the label Category
    • Name the new category “PlugSearch”
    • Click "Logic" in the bottom left panel
    • Select all Logic Plug-ins and drag them to the category PlugSearch

    PlugSearch is installed in your applications folder as a standalone application. When you open it, it will run as a background process in the Finder's task bar. You can see its icon (a magnifying glass) there.

    The Plug-in library is stored at ~/Application Support/PlugSearch

    A preference file is also created at ~/Library/Preferences/com.speakerfood.PlugSearch

    Yes it is, but you need to follow these additional steps after installation.

    • Download the BTT preset for PlugSearch
    • Unzip the file
    • Double click the BTT preset file. This wil import the preset in BTT.
    • In the preferences of PlugSearch, enable 'Automatically Enable/Disable BetterTouchTool

    Each time PlugSearch triggers event to the system, BTT is temporarily disabled with the key command 'command-ctrl-shift-P'. Don't use this key command for other actions.

    To uninstall PlugSearch, remove the following files and folders:

    • /Applications/PlugSearch
    • ~/Library/Application Support/PlugSearch

    And, if present:

    • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.speakerfood.plugsearch.user.agent.plist
    • ~/Preferences/com.speakerfood.PlugSearch.plist

    In Logic Pro, you can safely remove the custom category 'PlugSearch'. It won't affect the installation of your Plug-ins, or other categories you may have defined.

    Yes you can, you can install PlugSearch on any system you personally own. There's no online hardware ID check, just me trusting you to handle this license with care.

    PlugSearch runs as a background application in the Finder's task bar. You can find it's icon in the top right (a magnifying glass). Click the icon and select 'quit' from the dropdown menu.

    Yes.By default PlugSearch starts when you login. You can change this in the PlugSearch Preferences, which you can open from the top menu bar icon.

    PlugSearch is compatible with: 

    • macOS High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur
    • Logic Pro X 10.4.5 and up 
    • Chinese and Japanese languages are not supported

    If you lost the order confirmation with your license key, mail to with your name and we will send you the order confirmation again.
    Yes, you can. The PlugSearch category is only needed for stock Logic Pro Plug-ins, but you can use as many custom categories as you want.

    Follow these steps if you are running BetterTouchTool:

    • Download the BTT preset for PlugSearch
    • Unzip the file
    • Double click the BTT preset file. This wil import the preset in BTT.
    • In the preferences of PlugSearch, enable 'Automatically Enable/Disable BetterTouchTool

    Each time PlugSearch triggers event to the system, BTT is temporarily disabled with the key command 'command-ctrl-shift-P'. Don't use this key command for other actions.

    The latest version of PlugSearch is 2.12. If you own PlugSearch, you will receive automatic update notifications by mail. If you think you missed an update notification, please let us know by sending a mail to

    Using PlugSearch is very simple.

    To insert a Plug-in:

    • Open Logic Pro
    • Hoover above an empty Audio FX, Instrument or MIDI FX insert slot
    • Hit Control (Ctrl)
    • Type to start searching
    • Select a Plug-in with the mouse or arrow keys
    • Double-click or hit return

    To remove a Plug-in:

    • Hoover above an occupied Audio FX, Instrument or MIDI FX insert slot
    • Hit Control (Ctrl)

    Hit Command or the alternative key command to insert: 

    • a mono to stereo Audio FX on a mono insert slot 
    • a double-mono Audio FX on a stereo insert slot 
    • a mono or multi-output Instrument (depending on availability) 
    Note: mono to stereo versions are only available for some Plug-ins, for instance "stereo delay"

    Simply start the first search word with a capital. For instance: "Wa" will list all Plug-ins made by Waves and other manufacturers who's name contains "Wa". 

    You can refine your search by adding words without capitals, to search for Plug-ins by name. For instance, use "Wav lim" to quickly list Plug-ins by Waves that contain the string "lim" in their name.

    Yes. Type "?" and hit enter. PlugSearch will enter a random Plug-in. Great way to create randomness in your production.


    Open the preferences to set custom key commands for PlugSearch. A custom key command has to be a combination of modifier key and alphanumeric key, for instance command-P. Single characters are not allowed as they interfere when typing regular text in Logic Pro.

    Open the PlugSearch Plug-in Database to see all detected Plug-ins on your system. It also shows information on how many times a Plug-in was inserted by PlugSearch, how many Plug-ins were scanned, and which custom name a Plug-in has in Logic Pro.

    The following actions are available:

    • Visibility: option to show/hide Plug-ins in the search results
    • Import or export these settings

    Open the PlugSearch Plug-in Database. Here you can select which Plug-ins you want to hide in the search results.

    For instance, the Universal Audio update installer always installs all Plug-ins on your system, even the ones you don't own. In PlugSearch, the visibility of these Plug-ins is permanent, so you can hide the ones you don't own, and this setting will remain even after the update.

    By default, the search results are ordered by 'last time used'. You can reset this order in the Plug-in Database action menu.

    If PlugSearch does not insert the correct Plug-in, please check the following:

      If you are using Waves Plug-ins, you'll find a mono (m) and stereo (s) version for every Plug-in. Make sure to select a (m) Plug-in for mono insert slots and a (s) Plug-in for stereo insert slots, otherwise PlugSearch won't find the correct Plug-in.
      If other macro applications are running that respond to 'single key' key commands, for instance GainControl, Keyboard Maestro, BetterTouchTool, replace these with key commands that contain key modifiers. So don't use single keys like 'a', 'p', etc. anywhere.
      Only use key combinations as custom key command, not single keys.
      Make sure you set up the PlugSearch category as described below in Logic's Plug-in Manager. It must be named "PlugSearch" (no spaces). Put all Logic's native Plug-ins in this category, not 3rd-party ones.
      BetterTouchTool is a macro application that can interfere with PlugSearch. If you are running BetterTouchTool, follow the instructions below. If you are not running BetterTouchTool, make sure you uncheck the option 'Automatically Disable/Enable BetterTouchTool' in PlugSearch's Preferences window.

      Make sure Logic's language is detected correctly, by setting English, German, Spanish or French as your first system language, or otherwise English as the second system language. Quit and restart PlugSearch to detect the system language.

      If you try to insert a Plug-in that you have disabled in Logic's Plug-in Manager or which couldn't be validated by Logic, PlugSearch will not find the Plug-in and inserts the closest match.

      If Logic Pro was modified to have custom colours and images for the user interface, PlugSearch might not work properly.
    Use Control to insert a stereo version of the Plug-in, and Command to insert a dual mono or mono -> stereo version.

    If PlugSearch does not appear when you press control or option on an empty insert slot, please follow these steps:

    • Make sure your are running Logic Pro X 10.4.5 or up
    • Make sure PlugSearch is running. It's icon should be visible in the top right of the system menu-bar. PlugSearch is a standalone application, not a Plug-in.
    • If you run Logic in German, Spanish or French, make sure that in the System Preferences this language is the first language. Quit and restart PlugSearch and Logic Pro X.
    • If your system language is not English, German, Spanish or French, make sure the second language is set to English so Logic runs in English. Quit and restart PlugSearch and Logic Pro to detect the correct language.
    • Remove PlugSearch from the Accessibility list in the System Preferences, restart your computer, and open PlugSearch again.

    Please note: Chinese and Japanese is not yet supported.

    Make sure you only press control or command, and don't control-click or command-click. The mouse click was needed in earlier versions of PlugSearch, and you will see it in YouTube tutorials. Since version 2, you only have to press control or command.

    When you have different versions of PlugSearch on your system, check if only one instance of PlugSearch is running in the Finder's task bar. If two instances are running, check if PlugSearch was added to the start-up items in the System Preferences and remove it.

    MIDI Controlled Effects are different from other effects, as they are not flagged as such in their basic component description. The current version of PlugSearch doesn't support this category of Plug-ins yet.
    PlugSearch does not list ARA Plug-ins yet, but I'm working hard to have these included in the next update.
    PlugSearch scans available Plug-ins on your system when it opens. If you installed or removed Plug-ins, quit and restart PlugSearch again. Note: if you moved or renamed the following folder: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components Your system will not have a correct registry of your installed components. A restart will fix this.
    If you can't add PlugSearch to the Accessibility list, try to add another application, for instance Mail. If that doesn't work either, your Accessibility list system might be corrupted. Unfortunately, solving this goes beyond the scope of our support, and it's best to contact Apple support.
    This can be fixed by removing PlugSearch from the list of startup items in the System Preferences.
    Unfortunately, PlugSearch can not move the mouse to the correct position when Accessibility zoom is enabled. Just before you select a Plug-in by double-clicking it, or pressing return, exit zoom mode. PlugSearch will now work as normal.

    If PlugSearch triggers random actions instead of inserting a Plug-in, you probably have the option 'Automatically Disable/Enable BetterTouchTool' enabled in the PlugSearch preferences. If you are not using BetterTouchTool, uncheck this option.

    If the problem persists, reset the PlugSearch preferences:

    • Quit PlugSearch
    • Open a terminal and execute: defaults delete com.speakerfood.PlugSearch
    • Start PlugSearch
    • Enter your license key to activate PlugSearch

    Just press control or command, don't control-click or command-click. This was a feature in an earlier version of PlugSearch.
    • Quit PlugSearch
    • Remove the folder ~/Library/Application Support/PlugSearch
    • Open a terminal and type: defaults delete com.speakerfood.PlugSearch
    • Open PlugSearch
    • Enter your license key

    If you have trouble activating PlugSearch, you can reset the preferences:

    • Quit PlugSearch

    • Open a terminal and type: defaults delete com.speakerfood.PlugSearch

    • Delete the directory ~/Library/Application Support/PlugSearch

    • Open PlugSearch

    • Double click the .pkg file
    • Go to the Applications folder and open GainControl

    The first time you use GainControl, it will ask permission to control System Events.

    • Click 'OK'
    • Click 'Open System Preferences'
    • Unlock to make changes
    • Enable the checkbox next to GainControl

    If for some reason GainControl does not ask for Accessibility permissions, you can add it manually:

    • Open System Preferences -> Security & Privacy
    • Go to the tab 'Privacy'
    • Select 'Accessibility' from the list
    • Unlock to make changes
    • Click the plus sign and add GainControl from the Applications folder

    When you use GainControl for the first time in Logic Pro, it will ask permission to operate on Logic. 

    • From the Finder task bar GainControl icon, open the GainControl Preferences
    • Enter the license you received and click Activate

    Yes you can, you can install GainControl on any system you personally own. There's no online hardware ID check, just me trusting you to handle this license with care.

    By default, GainControl starts when you login. You can change this in the GainControl Preferences, which you can open from the Finder task bar icon.

    GainControl runs as a background Finder task bar application. You can find it's icon in the top right Finder task bar. From there, you can quit GainControl.

    To uninstall GainControl:

    • remove GainControl from the Applications folder
    • open a terminal and type: defaults delete com.speakerfood.GainControl

    GainControl allows you to change the gain and fades of audio regions in Logic Pro. You can set the key commands in the GainControl Preferences window.

    Here is how you use GainControl:

    • In Logic Pro, make sure that the Inspector is open (in the sidebar or floating)
    • Select an audio region
    • Use the GainControl key commands to change the gain or apply/remove fades

    The gain can be changed by 'small' or 'normal' amounts. The fade length can be increased or decreased by a fixed amount, that can be set to a custom value.

    Yes. Select a key command in the preferences window, and hit 'backspace'. The key command is now deleted.
    You can use a MIDI controller to change the gain of audio regions. In the GainControl preferences window, select the input port of your MIDI controller, and the MIDI CC number that you would like to use.

    If GainControl does not change the region gain or fades, check that:

    • It's actually running, it's icon should be visible in the Finder task bar
    • The Inspector is open in Logic Pro. For fades, the bottom panel of the Inspector needs to be open.
    • If you changed your System language settings, quit and restart GainControl
    Just double click the installer and all the presets are installed.

    The presets are all installed in the folder /Library/Audio/Presets, in the following folders:

    • FabFilter
    • UAD
    • Waves
    • SoundToys

    • To use these presets you need to have Logic Pro X or 9 installed, as well as the corresponding plugin(s).
    • OSX version 10.6 - 11.2
    • 692 MB of free space

    Yes. Custom presets are saved at user level, at:


    The Logic Pro Presets are installed at system level, at:


    You can create and delete your own custom presets without affecting the installed presets, and Logic's Library window will show all the presets it finds at system and user level.

    Yes, you can. The installer allows you to install only the bundles you use. And if you want to clean up some more disk space you can delete the preset folders of the plugins you don't own. 

    You get all the factory presets in native Logic Pro format from:

    • Waves Mercury
    • UAD Powered Plugins
    • SoundToys
    • FabFilter Total Bundle

    Important: You don't buy the plugins themselves, you have to own these to use the plugin presets.

    If you can't see the presets in Logic's Library window, make sure the blue triangle is pointing at the right Plug-in slot in the inspector or Mixer window. See screenshot below:


    Otherwise, you can check if they are installed correctly from the top drop down menu in the Plug-in window. See screenshot below.