If you are using multiple machines or if you want to transfer your plug-ins quickly to a new PC without having to register your all your Blue Cat Audio plug-ins again and setup your preferences, here is the solution.
Note: this transfer step should be done BEFORE installing the plug-ins using the installers downloaded from your private download page.
On Windows, Blue Cat Audio plug-ins preferences and license files are stored in the Application Data roaming folder located in the user directory. This folder a hidden and usually cannot be opened from the Explorer directly. You can however access it by typing its path in the Explorer:
type your actual user name instead of [YOUR USERNAME]
You will find a Blue Cat Audio folder in this directory. It contains all preferences and license files for all Blue Cat Audio plug-ins:
To transfer all licenses and preferences to your new machine, simply copy and paste the Blue Cat Audio folder from the source machine to the destination one (in the user AppData/Roaming directory).
“Voilà”! Just install the plug-ins on the new machine and use them without having to register them individually!
Note: If you want to select just a few plug-ins, you can copy and paste each plug-in directory, one by one. In this case, you will notice that preferences are stored separately for each plug-in format (VST, AAX, RTAS or AU) in a directory named “BC [PLUGIN NAME] [PLUGIN FORMAT]”, while (for most plug-ins) a single license file (.lic) is shared by all formats in a directory named Blue Cat’s [PLUGIN NAME].
This tutorial also applies to multiple users on a single machine: you can transfer preferences and licenses to a different username on the same machine by moving the same files.
Did you know that there are two versions of Blue Cat’s PatchWork?
In case you have not noticed, the PatchWork plug-in comes in two flavors: effect (“PatchWork”) or virtual instrument (“PatchWork Synth”). That’s two different plug-ins that you may want to use differently. Continue reading →
As you can see on the screenshot above, it has been tested and validated on Windows 10 machines, so it’s not a problem to upgrade!
Of course, before making the switch you should check that your audio interface and other software is compatible with the latest version of Windows, but you should at least be safe on the Blue Cat Audio side :-).