mixyguy2 wrote:Why not just rename the DLL file itself? I've done this numerous times as I also often can't stand the "ugly" names.
This is far from ideal for me. While it's OK for VSTs which are standalone DLLs, I think it's asking for trouble with more complex ones where the DLL comes as part of a larger package, as the supporting files will expect the DLL to have the name it was given by the developer. For starters, it will break any kind of auto-update system, as well as the uninstaller. Also, it would just be a huge pain to laboriously trawl through my hard drive to find all these files and rename them.
Acoustica Greg wrote:Maybe so, but the VSTi names are also visible on the tracks, and it's easy to change that.
Yes, I am talking about the list of plugins rather than renaming them on the track. To me it makes more sense to rename them "at source", so to speak. It is a cosmetic thing for sure—all the underscores and version numbers aren't nice to look at—but for me it also helps usability.
I'm sure I'm not alone in having more plugins than I strictly need, and I often find it useful to change the names to more descriptive ones than just the DLL filename to make it easier to find exactly what I'm looking for, especially if it's something I haven't used for a while. Looking at what I've done in other DAWs, for example:Marvel_GEQ.dll
is aliased to Marvel GEQ 16 band EQ SGA1566_x64.dll
is aliased to SGA1566 tube preamp
And so on. It's a small thing, but for me it's a big tick in the "ease of use" column. Even if you just stick to the plugins that come with Mixcraft, there are a lot
of them, and I certainly can't remember what they all do just by looking at a list of filenames (yes I know about creating categories and I do that too).
What I do find myself thinking fairly regularly though is something like, "oh yeah, I want that EQ where you drag a dot between dark and tinny, what's that one called again?"
If I could rename the plugin as it appears in Mixcraft, I could see "EZQ XY pad EQ", or whatever I'd decided to name it, right away.