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Run VST-compatible plugins to test audio samples before integrating them into projects, using this user-friendly softawre program

editor's review






Music enthusiasts often stumble upon audio plugins and most of them would like to take them for a spin before installing in their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) of choice and editing their sounds. For this purpose, one could rely on VST Host, a handy utility that runs VST plugins and enables users to experiment with their functions.

Test various audio plugins easily

The main purpose of the application is to send audio data signal to a chosen plugin in a specialized format, then to add the output stream to its own audio processing.

The interface of the software solution might seem somewhat overwhelming at first, mostly to novices who are not accustomed to VST (Virtual Studio Technology) effects. However, the menus are intuitive and can guide users toward successfully evaluating plugins.

Change settings to audio plugins

In addition to loading VST data, VST Host can also be used for adjusting their parameters and editing their configuration, such as the process thread priority or the value of BPM (beats per minute). Users can save the current effect settings to a separate file that can be loaded when they want to resume their work.

VST Host supports several types of source devices, including MIDI, Wave and Joystick, and the settings for each of them can be modified until the loaded plugin performs at its best. The virtual keyboard can also help musicians make the most of their tested plugins, especially it is correctly configured. On the other hand, one can also enjoy the Wave playing and recording options of the application, along with the MIDI playback function.


All in all, VST Host is a feature-rich application that can be of great use to those who would like to test their plugins before releasing them to the public, but also to casual users who want to play around with a VST effect before integrating it within a production environment.

VSTHost was reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire
Last updated on July 23rd, 2014

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