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PLUGSEARCH V2 : IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PlugSearch V2 can operate in two modes:

    1. CUSTOM PLUGSEARCH CATEGORY

    This is the preferred way of using PlugSearch, as it leads to always selecting the correct Plug-in. Follow these steps:

    • Disable “Default Logic Plug-in Manager folders” in the PlugSearch preferences
    • In Logic Pro X, open Preferences -> Plug-in Manager
    • Click on “Show All” in the top left corner
    • Create a new category by clicking the plus sign to the right of the label Category
    • Name the new category “PlugSearch”
    • Select all Plug-ins and drag them to the category PlugSearch

    Note: When you install new Plug-ins, you can drag them individually to the PlugSearch category, or repeat the steps above.

    2. DEFAULT PLUG-IN MANAGER SETTINGS

    This is available to provide backwards compatability with V1, and is not recommended as it can sometimes lead to the wrong Plug-in being selected.

    • Enable “Default Logic Plug-in Manager folders” in the PlugSearch preferences
    • Go to the Plug-in Manager in Logic and click “Restore Default Settings”

     

    UPDATING FROM V1 TO V2

    Please follow these steps if you update from V1 to V2:

    To uninstall V1, 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

    Remove V1 from the Accessibility list and restart your computer. Install V2 as described below.

    INSTALLATION

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    PlugSearch works on:

    • macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina
    • from Logic Pro X 10.2.4 to the latest version

    Note: PlugSearch does currently not support the use of custom names in Logic Pro's Plug-in Manager.

    INSTALLATION

    To install PlugSearch:

    • Unpack the .zip file
    • Move PlugSearch to the Applications folder
    • Open PlugSearch

      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

        UNINSTALL

        To uninstall, 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

        REGISTRATION

        In order to activate PlugSearch, you need an internet connection.

        • From the menu bar icon, open Preferences
        • Click on License
        • Enter the License you received and click Activate
        • PlugSearch is now activated

        If you need assistance, please contact us.

        OPEN AT LOGIN

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

        QUIT PLUGSEARCH

        PlugSearch runs as a background menu-bar application. You can find it's icon in the top right menu-bar. From here, you can access Preferences and quit PlugSearch if you need to. 

        HOW TO USE

        SEARCH AND INSERT A PLUG-IN

        1. Open PlugSearch
        2. Control-click an empty Audio FX, Instrument or MIDI FX slot in Logic Pro X
        3. Type to search
        4. Hit enter, or double click the Plug-in you want to insert

        Instead of Control-click, you use option-click to insert:

        • a mono-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->stereo versions are only available for some Plug-ins, for instance "stereo delay"

        SEARCH BY MANUFACTURER NAME

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

        RANDOM PLUGIN SELECTION

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

         

        TROUBLESHOOTING

        PLUGSEARCH DOES NOT APPEAR

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

        • 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 to detect the correct language
        • 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 to detect the correct language
        • Remove PlugSearch from the Accessibility list in the System Preferences, restart your computer, and open PlugSearch again.

        In general, first move the cursor to an insert slot before you control- or option-click

         

        WAVES PLUG-INS

        If you are using Waves Plug-ins, you'll find a mono (m) and stereo (s) version for every Plug-in. Make sure you select a (m) for mono channels and a (s) for stereo channels, otherwise PlugSearch won't find the correct Plug-in.

        MIDI CONTROLLED EFFECTS

        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. Our goal is to provide a way to incorporate them in a future update.

        INSTALLING OR REMOVING PLUG-INS

        PlugSearch scans available Plug-ins on your system when it opens. If you installed or removed Plug-ins, you can manually rescan your Plug-ins in the Preferences window.

        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.

        THE WRONG PLUGIN IS SELECTED

        Make sure that you set up PlugSearch correctly for either default or custom Plug-in Manager settings, see the top of this support page.

        Also, 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.