Ableton has 1 VST folder. They did that to maximize memory
and CPU. It's a pain in the ass.
should make shortcuts to other VST folders and put them
in a dedicated Ableton VST folder. It's best to keep your VST
folders on your root C: drive for maximum speed. Mine are on
my desktop, which isn't great.
1. Create a custom VST folder for Ableton
Go to your C: drive. Right click and create a new folder. Name it something relevant, like Ableton-VST.
2. Select the folder
Then click Preferences
Click the File Folder tab.
Make sure Use VST Plug-In
is set to On
Select the VST folder
you want to
3. Create shortcuts for the Ableton folder
To create a shortcut, right click a VST folder and
select "Create shortcut".
those shortcuts in the Ableton-VST folder you made.
Ableton will scan those shortcuts every time it starts. If
you add new VST files (.dll files) to the folders and want to use
them immediately, click Rescan.