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    Default Ableton transition from PC to MAC

    Can any mac user answer this?

    My mom gave me her mac and i want to transfer ableton and most of my shit (VST's,samples all that) from my pc.

    I know ableton's installer on PC is .exe and i know that mac doesn't take that extension, but what about the vst's? can i move all the .dll's to my mac and they will work? or i need to get the installer for mac?

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    Gotta get mac installers. In terms of library though, you can just drag and drop.
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    u should be able to download the mac version from ableton. when i moved to mac i had to click on some page to get a free license for mac as mine was ofc for windows and then could just download the mac dmg.

    samples/etc u can just copy - you'll need mac versions of your vst's - tho i'm sure i have read something about running windows vst's on linux? probably via some cunning vst host tho - doubt ableton would support that.
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    .dll files can't be read on mac. I haven't been able to find any kind of converters or anything like that except mac versions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwasi View Post
    .dll files can't be read on mac. I haven't been able to find any kind of converters or anything like that except mac versions
    sure - as they're a library that has been compiled for windows - same issue as trying to run a .exe from windows on a mac or running a linux binary on windows etc
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    Gotta get mac installers.

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    FML. download like 10 Vst's and install that shit.

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    Also something to bear in mind, mac versions of plugins are primarily Audio Unit (although some have vst versions too) and if you have had a vst version of the plugin opened in your pc project, Ableton under os x will not be able to see the respective AU version of the plugin.

    I have a suspicion that this will also still be the case from pc vst to os x vst as a pc vst is a .dll file, and a mac vst is simply a .vst file.

    Long story short, you will probably have to bounce all your Soft synth parts to audio, and manually copy your insert and bus plugin settings parameter by parameter...

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