I installed version 2.8.14 and read some documentation on the plugin handling. As far as I understood adding plugins to Ardour is as simple as putting the plugin file to the appropriate plugin folder. This is what I did:
- Downloaded a plugin (.component file)
- Put the file to /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
- Restarted Ardour
- Tried to add the plugin via the Ardour Plugin Manager
I expected to find the newly added plugin in the Plugin Manager but unfortunately it is not there. I tried the same with a VST plugin but this also won’t show up. Putting the plugin file into the user Library folder also did not do the trick. After that I dug a little bit deeper and found out that the built-in plugins are in the app bundle (ctrl-click the app and select Show Contents). Nevertheless, it did not help to put any downloaded plugins into the app bundle.
I would be glad if someone pointed me into the right direction how to add plugins to Ardour. Any help is really appreciated.