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Posted on July 13, 2012 by Joe Stachowiak There have been 5 comment(s)

Automap LogoAs you're reading this article, I'm assuming that you're also suffering from this time-consuming and annoying problem. Indeed, I suffered it for a few weeks until I eventually discovered how to stop it without taking drastic measures, such as deleting Automap off my system - something that would simply not have been an option for me seeing as it forms an important part of my home studio. Thankfully, the solution is very quick and simple...


When running Logic Pro 9 in 64-bit mode (click here to learn how to do this) and Novation's Automap software, every time Logic boots up, a little Window pops up asking whether you would like to scan all your Automap plug-ins. The scanning of plug-ins is necessary for Logic to validate them so that you can use them effectively with the Automap software, so this is not a process that I assume you would want to skip.

However, when you've got a lot of plug-ins stored on your computer, this process is a complete pain and it drastically increases the time that Logic takes to load up.

If you switch back to using Logic in 32-bit mode, this is no longer a problem and Logic will not rescan your Automap plug-ins every time you boot it... but then you're missing out on the added benefits of working on a 64-bit system! So what can you do?


Luckily there's a quick and easy way to solve this problem! Here is what you do:

1. Make sure that you have the latest version of Automap software installed on your computer - click here to check or to download Automap.

2. Lauch the AutomapServer. As this is a Logic Pro tutorial, I'll assume that you are using a Mac computer.

You can find the AutomapServer application in your Applications folder:

AutomapServer in Applications Folder

AutomapServer in Applications Folder

3. With the AutomapServer launched and selected, either select Automap -> Preferences from the menu bar...

AutomapServer Preferences

AutomapServer Preferences

... or select the Automap icon that appears to the right of your menu bar when the AutomapServer application is running.

Automap Preferences from Icon

Automap Preferences from Icon

4. The Automap Preferences window should then appear on your screen.

5. The bottom-right corner of the Preferences screen holds the key to solving this problem! Locate the text that says 'Use Logic 9 64-bit friendly AudioUnits' and check the box to the left of it (as shown in the diagram below). You check the box by clicking inside it with your mouse.

Use Logic 9 64-bit friendly AudioUnits

Use Logic 9 64-bit friendly AudioUnits

6. Close the Preferences window by hitting the red cross in the top left-hand corner.

7. Start Logic and guess what? It doesn't scan through all your plug-ins anymore!

If you have any problems, try restarting Logic in 32-bit mode so that it scans all your plug-ins again and then restart it in 64-bit mode. Hopefully this should solve any issues.

Please note that checking this box prevents the plug-ins from showing up in older 32-bit Logic sessions. If you want to load up an old 32-bit Logic session, you must go back to Automap Preferences and tick to un-check the box.

Also please note that this tutorial was written using Logic Pro 9 and Automap 4.4. Future versions of the software may require different procedures.

If you have any more questions then please feel free to leave a comment below.

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This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, How To Guides and was tagged with 64 bit, automap, automap 4, automap 4.4, logic, logic 9, logic pro, logic pro 9, Novation


  • Jason says:

    Hey Big thanks. I've been scratching my head about that for weeks. Much appreciated. If you're ever in New Zealand, I'll buy you a beer!

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm

  • Haha, no worries, glad I could help - it was annoying me for ages as well until I figured it out! I'll book my flights now, so pop that beer in the fridge :P

    Posted on August 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

  • This tutorial did not solve the problem for Logic Pro X. Please help.

    Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

  • Hi Adam,

    Is it scanning all of your plug-ins or just your automap plug-ins?

    Posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

  • Adam James says:
    This tutorial did not solve the problem for Logic Pro X. Please help.
    It did for me. I used to press abort all the time (once validated i could just press abort and my plugs where fine)
    Had to scan one more time and boots fine now.

    Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm