New Music Gear Monday: Wide Blue Sound Audio Plugin Uninstaller Utility App

Have you ever run into a problem where your DAW is suddenly crashing when it worked perfectly before? Chances are that the problem has to do with a plugin that you installed that isn’t playing nicely with either your DAW or operating system. While it seems like it should be easy to simply delete the plugin, components of the plug may be distributed to folders all over your operating system that are next to impossible to find. Wide Blue Sound is not only aware of the problem, they’ve done something about it, coming up with an Audio Plugin Uninstaller utility app that makes it easy to find and delete any unwanted plugin.

Audio Plugin Uninstaller

The Audio Plugin Installer searches your system and provides a list of current audio plugins, the date that you installed them, and the version. It also lists all the formats that the plugin is available in, and allows you to search for an individual plug if you know what you’re looking for.

You can then select the plugins that you want to uninstall and hit Delete plugin, and it will indicate what components will be deleted before asking you to confirm if that’s what you really want.

If you want to delete one format that you never use, say AAX, you can just select that format, select the plugins, and then delete.

Cleaning Up

Suppose you’re like many DAW users who have way more plugins that you never use, which makes finding the ones that you do use difficult. No problem – the Audio Plugin Uninstaller to the rescue. It’s easy to go through the list to get rid of all the demos or old plugins that are just clogging up your workflow.

There’s also an Uninstallers mode that works by reading the original installation receipts and reversing the process, while making sure not to uninstall files used by other plugins. If a plugin doesn’t appear, then it doesn’t have a normal receipt, but you can still remove it using All Plugins mode.

The Audio Plugin Uninstaller utility is currently FREE (usually $10), so it’s a no-brainer for almost anyone on a Mac. The problem is that a PC version won’t be available because of the way that Windows treats installment receipts. On a Mac it works with all plugin formats.

You can find out more here.

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