I've updated Aalto to 1.7.0 (it says 1.4b6 at the top though) and the presets are not being shown in Aalto's menu. I've checked and they're at AppData\Roaming\Madrona Labs\Aalto\ (Windows 10) and they have a .mlpreset extension. But I can't seem to find a way to load them into Aalto. The menu only has Save, Save as... , Save as version, Revert and Copy/Paste from clipboard.
Regarless of them not showing up on the menu, how can I load a preset - for example, if a friend sends me a .mlpreset file?
When I open the .mlpreset file I see something like a JSON but if I copy it and paste it into Aalto it will "freeze" for a few seconds and then nothign happens, the patching doesn't change.
Are you sure you are running the Aalto 1.7.0? You can check in the registration area in the plugin. An older version will not load newer patches. A newer version should load older patches just fine.
/AppData/Roaming ... is the right place. It will use the current user's files, so you could have problems if for some reason it was installed as Administrator and now you are running as a different user, or vice versa.
I uninstalled Aalto and went back to 1.6 (I keep a copy of all updates just in case) and the same thing happens. I'll check that thing about the administrator permission.
But in any case both versions showed up as 1.4b6 at the top - is that right? Is Windows keeping some weird cache of the plug-in executable? I use Studio One 3 Professional.
Yes, the version is your problem. You are running 1.4.6. You have to find that old plugin and remove it.
I don't know anything about Studio One, but some DAWs can have an optional VST Plugins folder of their own.
The issue is that the other version was installed in C:\Program Files\Vstplugins and 1.7 installs to C:\Vstplugins. I didn't have the latter configured to be scanned by Studio One, so the new version was never loaded. I uninstalled 1.6, installed 1.7, added the new path to Studio One and everything works fine now :)
Thanks for getting back with the solution. I'm glad it's sorted.