I just installed Mixbus32C v7 which was released last week. The preferences page where you specify the location of VST plugins remains the same for VST2 where you specify your own custom folder if desired.
It has a similar set of settings for VST3 but when I set my custom path it ignored it and when I returned to that settings section I noticed this blurb:
Customing VST3 paths is discouraged. Note that default VST3 paths as per https://developer.steinberg.help/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=9798275 are always searched, and need to be explicitly set.
OK, so you can’t get the application to ignore the default paths but you can still add your own custom location.
I still went ahead and added my custom c:\MUSIC_Plugins\VST3 path and it took it and added the plugins.
My question to the VSTerati, are you letting the VST3 installs place the plugins in the default location?
I was against placing user data in folders under the Program Files folder as those folders are “special” and restricted in some ways.
I’m less against an app placing something in the C:\Users%USERNAME%\ folder but prefer my C:\MUSIC\ location.