Downloading to external hard drive
I'm new to VSTs and trying to learn how to manage the files effectively. I'm hoping someone more knowledgeable can help me get my bearings.
I just bought a couple libraries from Spitfire and am excited to download them. I bought an external hard drive to store them. I also got a recommendation to get a second external hard drive just to backup all the files, so I'll plan on doing that in the next couple months...
But for now, I'm wanting to install these libraries and start using them! But I've run into a snag. I went to designate my external hard drive as the place where my libraries should be downloaded. I've discovered that there's not one place but five places I can designate as locations for downloads.
I do not want stuff to be strewn all over the place--but I'm also not sure if these should all be on the external hard drive. And on top of that, I'm not even sure if I'm going to be downloading all 5 of these types.
I did some research online but I'm not sure I understood it. So, VSTs are the actual sound files. VST2 and VST3 are parameter settings for plugins (or the plugins themselves?). AAX are VSTs but only for use in ProTools. And AU is same as VST but only for Mac (though I have a Mac and I'm pretty sure I'm using VSTs).
Can anyone briefly explain what VST2, VST3, AU, AAX are and how they are different from VSTs? Is there an advantage to using one over another?
Another question: Can you throttle download speeds in the Spitfire Audio downloader?
I currently use GarageBand for all my composing and bouncing. I just use ProTools for mixing and mastering. Like I said I'm pretty new to all this and do not have a computer engineering background or anything like that, so any feedback or links to helpful resources is certainly appreciated.
Thanks for reading my post!
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