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SWAM plugins not recognized in Reason and Ableton Live (macOS)
Last Updated 2 years ago

SWAM plugins are not recognized in Reason and Ableton Live.

The reason is that Reason and Live are ignoring symlinks (e.g. aliases).

Our SWAM components have been made with a technique called “polymorphism”, i.e. a single component is Audio Unit, VST and AAX at the same time. The SWAM installer installs a single component in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and use a symbolic link (i.e. alias) to it for the VST plugin in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST. The VST plugin file is not a real VST component, but it refers to the component in the folder /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components .
This technique is used by other plugin developers and vendors. Symlinks are currently supported by many popular DAWs.

To solve the issue a manual procedure is needed. Please proceed this way:

  1. Go to [HD]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST and delete all "SWAM * 64bit.vst" files: even they seem regular files, they are indeed Aliases (i.e. pointer to other files). They should have a little arrow on the icon.
  2. Go to [HD]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and copy all "SWAM * 64bit.component" files (just copy, not paste).
  3. Go to [HD]/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST again and paste the copied components there.
  4. Rename all the "SWAM * 64bit.component" (the ones you have just pasted) to "SWAM * 64bit.vst", for example: "SWAM Tenor Sax 64bit.component" -> "SWAM Tenor Sax 64bit.vst" (i.e. change the extension from .component to .vst). Be sure that the system does not automatically append the extension ".component" at the end (e.g. SWAM Tenor Sax 64bit.vst.component).
  5. Launch Reason / Live.

We are in touch with both Propellerhead and Ableton support, we hope in a quick fix.

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