My plugins are not loading! Can anyone help?

Hello everyone,

I've been using Spitfire plugins for 2 years now and I absolutely love them. I recently purchased the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pro sample library, and have been using it with no issues for about a month. It has been great, except all of a sudden, the plugins will not load. I can get Logic to load, but the issue is the BBC plugins. When opening Logic, it says, "Loading plugins," endlessly and will not go past this step, meaning that I can't use the sounds in Logic. This is a severe issue, because my composing is at a standstill until I can figure this out, and I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this or could offer any tips on a possible fix.

I am using a Mac Mini M1 chip, with Mac OS Big Sur. Logic and Big Sur are fully updated. I should also mention that I'm storing the plugins on an external 5TB hard drive, which is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Thank you for your time and I would greatly appreciate any tips or help!



  • Hello Sam,

    can you check, if your external drive is recognized in the finder before you start logic? I have read that it can take 5 minutes or more to load external drives with M1 Macs.

    Maybe your cable or your port is faulty. Try another port, another cable to connect the drive.

    Open It´s in Applications/Utilities. It should list all of your mac´s activities. Connect the drive. Start logic. Are there any errors in console window popping up? There is a tab (top left of the window) which shows only errors and problems. Is there anything regarding usb/thunderbolt or i/o connections? Any registries regarding logic or spitfire audio plugins?

    Another thing comes to mind. Check if your default content path for your library is selected correctly in Spitfire Audio app.

    Good luck, Eberhard

  • Hello Eberhard,

    Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, my external drive is recognized in the finder before starting logic. The plugins were working fine for a month before they stopped all of a sudden.

    There were about 7,000 messaged in "errors and faults," but none of them had anything to do with usb/thunderbolt or i/o connections. As I was typing this, Logic opened with the plugins loaded. It took about 5 minutes to fully load and I had thought there was no way it would open. I guess I have to wait this amount of time when I start Logic.

    Anyway, thanks for your comment I really appreciate it.


  • Hello Sam,

    7000 errors and faults in console sound scary but are not always something to worry about.

    When Logic starts it checks every time if there are new plugins installed on your system. If there are no new plugins to check it should start up within seconds. And when a project is opened, Logic checks all tracks und loads all activated plugins. This can take a while depending on the number of your tracks and instruments/plugins. You could deactivate tracks before you close a project in order to fasten the opening process.

    You could also check if you have some wonky plugins installed. (Logic-Preferences-Plugin Manager). Here you find an option to reset Logics Audio Unit.

    Another reason I could think of for long startup times could be related to your Macs Audio-Midi-Setup (Applications-Utilities). Check there, if your audio devices are set up correctly.

    Best, Eberhard