Steinberg Cubase 5: Retain Plug-In Compatibility
Retain compatibility with older Cubase plug-ins
OBJECTIVE: Use discontinued Cubase SX plug-ins in newer Windows versions, like Cubase 4 and 5. This is
also essential when opening older projects that use these plug-ins.
BACKGROUND: Several legacy plug-ins that were in Cubase SX are not installed with Cubase 4 and 5. They
generally work well with Windows, which this article covers. (The Mac versions were designed for PPC processors.
This requires running Cubase 4.1 or later under Mac OS X’s “Rosetta” PowerPC emulation, which is not recommended
for music software.)
1 Surf to ftp://ftp.steinberg.net/Download/Legacy_Additional_Content/.
Open the “Additional Cubase SX Plugins” folder, then open
the appropriate folder (Mac or PC).
2 In Windows Explorer, go Page >
Open FTP Site in Windows
3 On your C: drive, go Program Files >
Steinberg > Cubase 5 > VSTplugins
and open this folder. You’ll see plug-ins
organized in sub-folders (Distortion,
4 Drag over plug-ins from the Steinberg
FTP site to the appropriate
folder in the VSTplugins folder. In
the screen shot, the Cubase 5 Distortion
VSTplugins folder and the
FTP site Distortion folder have been
opened, and the Distortion plug-ins
are being dragged from the FTP site
5 Go Devices > Plug-in Information
> VST PlugIns tab >
VST 2.x Plug-in Paths and
verify that the folder containing
the legacy plug-ins
6 The legacy plug-ins can now be selected just
like any other plug-ins.
• Step 2: This folder is also available on the Cubase 4 distribution disc; the Cubase SX3 distribution disc
also includes some legacy plug-ins.