Ableton Live Insider Tips – Options.txt Part 3 (Video Tutorial) – Secret Features

Part 3 of the series "Ableton Live insider tips" deals with two other commands that you can add to the Options.txt file that will make working with VST plugins much easier. Particularly the automation of their parameters.

Download the Options.txt file with the commands from all the video tutorials (Right-click and choose Save Link as) Don't forget to only keep either -NoAutoArming or -EnableArmOnSelection as they conflict with each other.

Questions or suggestions for this tutorial? Then write me a comment.

Check out the tutorial Options.txt Part 1 for all the basics. Go on to Ableton Live Insider Tips - Options.txt Part 4.

By |2017-12-15T19:38:21+00:00February 18th, 2013|Ableton Live Tutorials|8 Comments

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Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Tonwelle February 18, 2013 at 19:08 - Reply

    Hi! That’s very helpful. But what about the second one “-NoVstStartupScan”? What does it do? And: is there a way to keep a line in options.txt but disable it, commenting it out? Cheers!

  2. Madeleine February 19, 2013 at 10:07 - Reply

    It doesn’t scan the default and/or custom VST folders when Live starts. Can be helpful if you have a lot of them installed or you encounter crashes because of plug-ins.

    I’ve never heard of the possibility to comment lines out.

  3. Rupert March 14, 2013 at 11:02 - Reply

    hi madeleine, gibts ne möglichkeit das scannen der au’s ebenfalls zu deaktivieren?
    hab so manches probiert aber nichts gefunden.

    • Madeleine March 14, 2013 at 11:06 - Reply

      Hi Rupert, da konnte ich leider auch nichts dazu finden. War wohl bei der Entwicklung nicht so von Belang. Die Options.txt wurde ursprünglich nur zum einfacheren Testen beim Programmieren eingeführt.

  4. Todd Keebs December 18, 2013 at 17:35 - Reply

    Hi, thanks very much for this! This will be very helpful in automation of VSTs.

    One issue though is VST’s which have more than 128 parameters. I would assume this enables only the first 128? Is there any way to select which are enabled?

    Thanks again,


    • Madeleine December 18, 2013 at 22:01 - Reply

      Yes, you’re right. Not that I know of, unless you want to configure everything yourself.

  5. steve December 28, 2014 at 18:04 - Reply

    hia madeleine. it does not seem to auto populate my vst. is this information still valid for live 9.1.3?

    • Madeleine December 29, 2014 at 15:31 - Reply

      I think, it may no longer work. Haven’t tried in a while though.

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