Burning Question: What Audio Plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve?

Burning Question: What Audio Plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve?
Tutorial, Burning Questions Mar 14, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Someone contacted us last week to ask about which VST plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve. There are actually quite a few VST plug-ins that will work in Resolve. And did you know that AU plug-ins can also be used? Here’s more on what, why, and how.

Why use Audio Plug-ins in DaVinci Resolve?

As in any NLE, why jump out of the program like to a DAW for simple sound design and if you can easily do your audio edits, noise reduction, and other fixes and effects right in Resolve? While the audio editing tools in Resolve may be a basic, you don't have the cost of the audio software or the learning curve. Save time and money by making simpler audio fixes in Resolve. 

Tips For Sound Design in Resolve - DaVinci Resolve Tutorial

What audio plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve v12 and higher?

As of DaVinci Resolve v12, AudioUnit (AU) and VST audio plug-ins are supported.

AU Plug-ins

AU Audio UnitsAudio Units is a proprietary audio format that is part of the Core Audio architecture of the Mac OS. AU is used by Apple software such as Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro and others. Antares, IK Multimedia, and Sound Radix are AU Plug-ins

 

VST Plug-ins

VSTVST (Virtual Studio Technology) is a native framework that was developed by Steinberg. The plug-ins come in three types: VST Instruments, VST effects, and VST MIDI effects.  VST 3.4, which came out in 2011, is the current version. The majority of plug-ins are Windows only due to competing Audio Unit, which is built into the Mac OS.

Most VST plug-ins will work in DaVinci Resolve, however, I've read that some of the free plugins out there may have issues and crash Resolve. The VST format only requires that the audio plug-ins are useable in Cubase VST. Because of this, when you're using VST plug-ins in programs in programs other than Cubase, they may be a bit buggy. Learn more.

For more on Audio plug-in formats, check out my article In Depth: Audio Plug-ins and Formats for Video Professionals, which I've just updated.

How to install VST Plug-ins in DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Recommended Plug-ins

The list below contains plug-ins I would recommend for use in Resolve because they're so useful.

izotopeiZotope RX Plug-in Pack

Four essential tools for audio repair

A starter kit of four essential audio repair plug-ins—De-click, Dialogue De-noise, De-hum, and De-clip—curated directly from RX. Use the same industry-leading technology to rescue your audio and transform flawed recordings into usable tracks.

  • Clean up audio from less-than-ideal recording scenarios: reduce background noise and hum, clicks, and other sudden unwanted sounds captured when recording voice or instruments with a microphone.
  • Don’t lose the flow of an inspired performance: remove clipping from a vocal or dialogue recording that got hotter than expected, and hang onto the passionate and well-delivered takes.
  • Salvage noisy tracks that were headed for the trash: filter out line hum, buzzes, ground loops, or other sounds that made their way onto the recording, even after it’s too late to re-track.

Plug-in formats: Native AAX 64 bit, RTAS 32 bit, Audiosuite DPM 32 bit, AAX 64 bit, AU 32 and 64 bit, VST 2 32 and 64 bit, VST 3

Learn more about iZotope RX Plug-in Pack    

iZotope RX Plug-in Pack | Using Dialogue De-noise to Clean Up a Dialogue Track

 

SoundtoysSoundtoys

If you're interested in effects like pitch shifting, echo effects, and useful EQ tools, check out Soundtoys. Soundtoys 5 brings together the entire range of audio effects into one powerful collection. Includes all 20 Soundtoys plug-ins. 

Saturate, compress and distort with Decapitator, Radiator, and Devil-Loc. Get a virtual history of echo and delay hardware with EchoBoy and PrimalTap. Transform your vocals with Little AlterBoy. Recreate classic studio pitch, chorus and widening effects with Crystallizer and MicroShift. Take modulation to new levels with the beat-synced rhythmic effects of PanMan, Tremolator, FilterFreak, and PhaseMistress.

All of these individual elements are proven, powerful tools, trusted by professional mix engineers, musicians and sound designers everywhere. But combined in the new Soundtoys Effect Rack, they are indeed the ultimate effects collection.

Plug-in Formats: AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, Audio Units (AU)

Learn more about Soundtoys

 

Waves Plug-ins

Waves have a ton of plug-ins but here are a few that I can recommend for video editors.

Waves PlatinumWaves Platinum

Waves describe it as "Platinum is an extraordinary collection of 50 audio plugins. From dynamics, equalization and reverb to pitch correction, spatial imaging, harmonic enhancement and beyond, Platinum is ideal for sound design, mixing, mastering and more. Featuring all the plugins found in our Gold, Masters, and Renaissance Maxx bundles, plus L3 Ultramaximizer, the PuigTec EQs and more, Platinum is a powerful production arsenal for any studio."

Plug-in Formats: AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, VST3, Audio Units (AU), RTAS

More about Waves Platinum

 

Waves UltramaximizerWaves L1 Ultramaximizer

The plugin that started it all: Look-ahead peak limiting, level maximization, and high-resolution re-quantization in one powerful plugin.
Ideal for any audio application from multimedia to mastering, the L1 is world-renowned for its transparency and punch.

More on L1 Ultramaximizer

 

How to Use the Waves L1 and L2 Ultramaximizer Plugins

UnveilZynaptiq Unveil

UNVEIL: De-Reverberation and Signal Focusing

UNVEIL is a real-time, de-mixing based plug-in that allows attenuating or boosting reverb components within a mixed signal of any channel count, including mono sources, as well as modifying reverb characteristics.

Learn more about Zynaptiq Unveil

 

Zynaptiq UNVEIL De-Reverberation and Signal Focusing: Applications For Post-Production

"Video showing some of what UNVEIL can do for you in a Post-Production for film, broadcast, games and sound design situation. Examples include de-reverberation, up-mixing, ambiance attenuation, hiss reduction, on-screen/off-screen placement and more."

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