Quick Start Guide for the Windows platform
The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager for the Windows platform – Quick Start Guide
Thanks for choosing the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager (UDPM). Developed for Creative users, Multimedia Artist, Producers, and Digital Recording Studios looking for a better way to manage 3rd party plugins and improve workflow.
- Control the number of plugins listed by your DAW software
- Manage 3rd party plugins as user assigned presets
- Deploys and runs outside DAW software and includes an 8 DAW user-definable workstation launcher
- Switch Plugins "ON" or "OFF" before running Video Editing, or Digital Audio Workstation software
- Assign, catalogue, index & search 3rd party plugins by Manufacturer and Specification to the UDPM relational database
- Load only the plugins needed for the job at hand switch off (disable) the rest
- Stop your Video NLE software from crashing trying to load un needed 3rd party audio plugins
Works alongside of any Digital Audio, or Digital Video Workstation that supports AAX, MAS, RTAS, VST, VST3, Waves Plugins out of the box! This is possible because UDPM works like a switcher, UDPM switches plugin(s) "On" or "Off" before you launch your DAW, or NLE software.
UDPM - for the Windows platform
Contains the Ultimate AAX, MAS, RTAS, VST, VST3, and Waves Plugin Managers for Windows all in one tabbed interface. Manage one Plugin type, all, or just what is needed for your DAW / project using the 8 workstation Launcher.
Note: The Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager Requires a Unique ID to unlock the registered version. This unique ID can only be obtained by downloading and running the UDPM demo version of the software.
This Quick Start Guide is designed to give you a basic overview of the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager, and aims to get you up and running with the software.
Installing the Ultimate DAW Plugin Manager on the Windows platform
After your purchase of UDPM, you are sent to your accounts “Your Purchased Products” page.
Download the UDPM registered zip file for Windows. You can also download the “License Key” file here as well. You were also sent a confirmation eMail containing the License Key file as a file attachment “UDPMwindows – License Key.txt” this file is very important. Save this attached file to a location that you will remember. We suggest the desktop. This file can be moved to a safer location after UDPM authorizes.
If you did not receive, or download this file, please visit https://UltimatePluginManager.com, click on the Account link, log in and download this key file.
Once you have the “UDPMwindows – License Key.txt” key file saved to your computer. Open the UDPMwin... zip file Read the License terms and conditions if you agree, check the “I agree to the License terms and conditions” check box, and Click or tap the “INSTALL” button.
After the clicking the “INSTALL” button the UDPM installation will begin.
When the UDPM installation is complete.
Click the “Finish” button.
When the paid version of UDPM is launched for the first time. The UDPM authorization panel opens.
The UDPM Authorization Procedure – The Authorization Panel
Click the “Authorize” button, locate and select your “UDPMwindows – License Key.txt file.
then click the “Select” button.
If the UDPM one-time authorization was successful, the following screen will appear.
Click the “Done” button to continue. If there was a problem with the UDPM authorization the "UDPM Registration Failure!" panel will appear.
The "UDPM Registration Failure!" panel
If you encounter this screen, please send your UDPM receipt as a reply Email to [email protected] with authorization failed in the subject line.
Possible causes for UDPM authorization failures
- The wrong unique ID was entered at checkout.
- Your trying to authorize a different system, or windows user account. UDPM licenses a single user
account, on one system drive, and Operating system. Multiple licenses are available on request.
- UDPM detects tampering and scrambled a critical UDPM support file.
After successful Authorization of the registered version of UDPM, or after launching the Demo version of UDPM, The UDPM "Preferences" panel will open.
The UDPM Preferences panel is where you configure the settings that determines how UDPM looks and works. The preferences panel opens when UDPM is started for the first time to allow you to define and enable 9 different plugin manager's file directory locations, and color schemes. This panel also allows you to insure all selected Plug-In folder paths are writable.
Note: The UDPM will continue to start by opening the Preferences panel until at least one Plugin Manager is defined and enabled. There are 9 Plugin Managers available in this tabbed interface.
The UDPM Preferences Panel QUICK START setup controls
UDPM will pre-define all standard Plugin manager folder path locations but you can change these locations using the “Browse” button. This is an example of how to enable the AAX plugin manager.
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path.
When a UDPM Plugin Manager is enabled, UDPM checks to insure the folder path exists and that it is writable.
In this example we see the “AAX” Plugin folder is writable!
The UDPM “AAX” plugin manager is now setup and ready to go. The Path to the AAX Plug-In Folder shows “Path to the AAX Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”. Leave “Directory Extension”, “Developer”, “Plugin Type”, and “Tab Caption” options as is.
Just repeat the same steps for the Plug-In Managers you wish to enable and make available to the UDPM launch panel.
The UDPM “AAX64” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the AAX64 Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the AAX64 Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “MAS64” Plugin Manager select:
In this example we are not using the MAS64 Plugin Manager so we just leave the “Enable MAS64 Plug-In Manager” check box un-checked.
The UDPM “RTAS” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the RTAS Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the RTAS Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “VST” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the VST Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the VST Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “VST64” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the VST64 Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the VST64 Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “VST3” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the VST3 Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the VST3 Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “VST3x64” Plugin Manager select:
Use the “Browse” button to locate and select the correct path. Running UDPM as administrator insures “The Path to the VST3x64 Plug-In Folder” shows “Path to the VST3x64 Plug-In Folder – WRITABLE -”.
The UDPM “Waves” Plugin Manager select:
In this example we are not using the Waves Plugin Manager so we just leave the “Enable Waves Plug-In Manager” check box un-checked.
Finished UDPM Plugin Manager selections
There are also “Light Theme”, and “Dark Theme” check boxes which allow you to quickly change the UDPM main panels screen background (BG) and text colors. You can return to the UDPM preferences panel at any time to further customize UDPM.
For QUICK START leave the “Use Alternate Row Highlighting”, and “Enable Launch Panel” check boxes checked and click the “Done” button. After clicking the “Done” button the UDPM Launch panel will open.
The UDPM 8 Work Station Launch panel
After configuring at least one Plugin Manager the UDPM launch panel will now open. Disabled Plugin Manager(s) will be grayed out. This screen shot shows “Work Station 1” selected with 7 Plugin Managers available and 2 unavailable.
Hovering your mouse pointer over a check box or button will detail its operation in the UDPM launch panel information window.
The UDPM 8 Work Station Launch panel – Plugin Managers selected
Hovering your mouse pointer over “Work Station 1” shows the selected work station name and each selected Plugin Manager(s) currently active preset.
In this example Work Station 1 has the VST & VST3 plugin managers selected. The UDPM launch info window shows the active preset for VST is DEFAULT and the VST3 active preset is blank. The DEFAULT preset for VST indicates the VST Plugin Manager has been ran at least once. The blank VST3 preset indicates that the VST3 plugin manager is being selected for the first time and has never been catalogued or indexed to the UDPM relational database.
The UDPM 8 Work Station Launch panel assigned & named
Hovering your mouse pointer over the “UPDATE” button saves changes to all check boxes, Workstation names, and Plugin Manager selections.
In this example Work Station 1 has been changed to “Ableton Live 9”, the 64bit indicator has been checked, the path to the “Ableton Live 9 Suite.exe” file has been established, and the VST plugin manager is selected. The “Ableton Live 9” work station is now defined.
Click the “Start” button to proceed to the UDPM main panel.
The UDPM Main panel QUICK START “Ableton Live 9” plugin management
This screen shot shows how the UDPM main panel looks when it is opened for the first time. Ableton Live 9 for the windows platform works with 1 type of 3rd party plugin “VST”. As stated in the UDPM main panel you must first select a preset to enable the main controls and to begin deciding what plugin(s) are loaded when the Ableton Live 9 software starts.
Note: If you use other DAW software that also works with “VST” the plugin(s) you disable here will also be disabled in other software. In other words, the plugin(s) you disable or enable will be hidden or seen by all DAW software.
So it’s important to start UDPM first load and activate your configured DAW workstation, then allow UDPM to launch the DAW software.
The UDPM Main panel QUICK START “Ableton Live 9” the DEFAULT preset
When UDPM indexes and catalogues a plugin(s) for the first time a DEFAULT preset is created and given the ACTIVE preset status. The ACTIVE preset displays what plugin(s) are currently “On” (enabled), or “Off” (disabled), and is always highlighted. The “Rename Set”, and “Delete Set” buttons are always disabled for the Active preset. If changes are made to the ACTIVE preset before the “Activate” button is clicked, the ACTIVE preset can be reloaded by clicking the “Reload Set” button.
It is advisable to leave the DEFAULT preset unchanged. The DEFAULT preset and all created presets can be used as a clone to create new presets. Type a preset name in the preset search box (located above the “Create Set” button) and click the “Create Set” button. Presets can also be tasked to search for added or removed plugins by clicking the “Update Set” button.
Note: If the preset assignment check box is ticked, the “Update Set” button will also assign the selected preset to a workstation. Allowing the preset to be activated from the UDPM launch panel without entering the UDPM main panel. This option is useful for those of you who just want to define a Work Station select its Plugin Managers, setup a preset, and have the UDPM auto-activate that preset and launch your DAW host application without entering the UDPM main panel.
The UDPM QUICK START Ableton Live 9 with only 3rd Party Instruments
Ableton Live before UDPM Instrument only preset activation.
In this Example we have 381 “VST” plugins installed, only 1 of the 381 is an instrument so we need to create a VST preset with 380 non-instrument plugins switched off.
1. Create the preset. In this example we name it “Instruments Only” by typing the name into the preset search box and clicking the “Create Set” button which changes to “CREATE” when selected. Once the preset is created the preset is also selected.
2. Disable all plugins by clicking the “Disable all PlugIns” button.
3. Locate the instrument and enable it. In this case “MPowerSynth”.
4. With the “Instruments Only” preset selected, click the “Activate” button.
The “Instruments Only” preset is now active. The “MPowerSynth” is enabled, all other plugins have the On/OFF check box un-checked, there is also a small “o” next to each disabled plugin.
Ableton Live after UDPM Instrument only preset activation.
The UDPM has successfully switched off 380 plugins.
The “Instruments Only” preset can also to assigned to the Ableton Live 9 workstation and made to auto-activate the preset, and launch the Ableton Live 9 DAW without opening the UDPM main panel.
Of course when adding plugins to any DAW you must perform a rescan and or re-indexing of the DAW software’s plugin database.
To force Ableton Live to search for and re-index new or missing plugins:
Open the Ableton Live preferences panel.
Ableton Live preferences panel.
Toggle the “Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder” On/Off switch.
The UDPM QUICK START Ableton Live 9 auto preset-activation and launch
This example demonstrates the UDPM Auto Preset Activation and DAW launch option.
The “Auto Activate managed Preset(s), skip main panel...” check box engages the Auto Preset Activation option. The UDPM launch panel info box details its operation. Leave this box unchecked to enter the Main panel, define your preset, then click the Update Set button or the DEFAULT preset will be used. Check this box to skip the Main panel and Activate a preset for each selected Plugin Manager(s) assigned to the selected Work Station.
This example demonstrates the UDPM Auto Preset Activation and DAW launch option.
To set this up we launch the UDPM main panel.
a. Insure the Auto – Activation check box is checked (highlighted).
b. Select the “Instruments Only” preset.
c. Click the “Update Set” button.
UDPM first confirms no plugins were added or removed since the preset was created, and displays a confirmation message box. Click the “OK” button.
Note: In this example the “Instruments Only” preset is the already the active preset UDPM will determine this and skip re-activating already active presets.
Clicking the “Auto Preset Activation...” check box set the Auto Preset Activation option.
The UDPM launch panel information box displays what Preset will be activated before the “Ableton Live 9” work station starts.