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In some cases, developers want or need to use certain features that aren't available across all formats, or need to be handled differently, and these things all factor into the choices. However, some companies like Steinberg don't want to support formats other than their own VST format, and if those are important to you, then you should largely use VSTs.
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In tech terms, for the end user it doesn't really matter too much what you pick as long as the host software you use supports it. I never install VSTs to save on internal SSD space, and the thoughts if maintaining two sets of plugins, and two separate sets of user presets even for the same plugin is too much to bear. A pity because Nuendo looks good. Most plug-ins without their associated audio content don't take up much space; if they're filling up your SSD, I'd suggest you probably have too many plug-ins and it's time for a severe pruning session!
So any typical musician, with say a hundred plugins, is likely to eat up well over GB. So why not cut it down to 50GB if like me they'll never be used? I operate a very portable set up, trying to optimise absolutely every resource - so assure you there's no wastage on this computer - and the extra space insures space available for updates into the future. For someone like me centred on Logic and Ableton, it makes sense to stick to AU only. But I've got to ask - if you use the same plugin synth or effect in both AU and VST formats in different packages - can each one access user presets from the other?
Kevin Nolan wrote: But I've got to ask - if you use the same plugin synth or effect in both AU and VST formats in different packages - can each one access user presets from the other? BetaBugs - some neat little effects with nice smooth GUIs. Chorus, filters, etc. This guy is awesome! Sonik Synth 2 - Free version of IK Multimedia's new synth-workstation sampler - the electronic sister of sampletank.
Otherwise similar to Sampletank Free 2. Limited to one instance per session in host software. Sampletank 2 Free - A free, limited version of sampletank 2 with a few instruments updated monthly. Sound selection is not very extensive, but includes a piano, B3, bass, drum kit and some others. Audiofield Wavebreaker - Chebyshev polynomial plugin for some good crazy waveshaping distortion. Very very nice compressor! Some great stuff!
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Also available as VST plugins, see below. Some other goodies as well. Definitely check this site out. Green Oak Crystal - Crystal is a monster of a synth - commercial quality for free.
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But it is really CPU intense. Thanks to Logic's freeze feature one can now use it nicely. Expert Sleepers - a good basic sampler, some delays, and more including a latency reporting plug that lets you correct for latent plugins or other routing delays.
Plugsound Free - A 'sample sampler' from the massive plugsound collection. Has about 20 high quality instrument samples loaded in.
FXpansion - VST to AU Adapter v2
Audiounit Manager - Allows you to keep different sets of active audiounits for use in different software. Useful for when Final Cut Pro or other software does not like certain Audiounits. Author claims not to know why he designated these plugs as llamas. That is certainly not a llama in the picture You should have it if you download my Plogue Bidule layouts Time marches on. Also other nice VST effects like chorus etc. See above in Pro Tools Section for more info. Free Plugins [and other stuff] for Pro Tools Digidesign Coreaudio Driver 6.
Still no sleep support or lower latency for the Mbox, but much better than previous pre If you are still using the coreaudio drivers from version 6. Digidesign gives away free Bombfactory plugins - a classic compressor, tuner, de-clipper, bad gear simulator, level meters and stereo correlation meter. The 'Bomb Factory Essentials' aren't actually that essential - but they are free now. The vintage compressor is very nice, but what the hell is the clip remover supposed to do?
Oh well. Sound selection is not yet very extensive however. Can generate some cool wah-wah, EQ, distortion and delay effects. It is simple, but I find it very fun. Useful for Pluggo as a way to group all your pluggo plugs together, separate from other plugs. Create separate categories for true RTAS plugs. Slows down Pro Tools startup a little, but causes no other problems in my experience. Now obsoleted in Pro Tools 6. Downside is you can't customize the decisions Pro Tools makes about where to put stuff You will want to visit this site to get an OS X installer package that does the dirty work for you.
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Can run as a native Jack Client. Unfortunately it has latency and stability issues, probably because it is written in Java.
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Plogue Bidule - Awesome! Have fun just using it as a VST and Audiounit host , or take it into high gear creating your own realtime synths, audio processors or interactive compositions. It has MIDI, audio , sequencers, sync, spectral features, and is infinitely expandable. I use this software very often for studio work and a little for performance.
Bidule can act as a Rewire slave to a sequencer! Works well with Pro Tools. You can download some of the instruments and effects I have created in the form of Bidule Groups here, at my Downloads page. I desire to learn Csound now! SuperCollider - A legend in crazy audio software. A line-by-line audio language for synthesis and DSP.
May take some time to learn. Get the newest versions, including a Universal Binary, from Wesleyan University.
Ok, I give up. Check out the Max Objects Database. Sonasphere - A crazy sampling sequencer built on the concept of sound objects floating in 3D space and being connected with flexible tethers etc. Actually shows a realtime 3D environment where objects are bouncing around. Uses Audiounit effects and plans are in the works to include audiounit synths as well. Come armed with a fast mac. Updated to 1. This is one to read the documentation on I think. Hydrogen - Jack native drum machine software ported from Linux.