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Freebie Friday: Audio Extravaganza, Part 4: VST and AU Plug-ins

Freebie Friday: Audio Extravaganza, Part 4: VST and AU Plug-ins

Those audio folks have a lot of freebies! Check out these cool tools that won’t hurt your pocketbook (does anyone have a pocketbook anymore?!) One is for creating music while the other two are more for sound design for film and video.

What are VST Plug-ins?

VST (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.  The majority of plug-ins are Windows only due to competing Audio Unit, which is built into the Mac OS.

VST compatible hosts/DAWs are:

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple Logic
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audacity
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Digital Performer v8 and higher
  • Magix ACID Pro
  • Magix Vegas
  • PreSonus Studio One
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Steinberg Wavelab
  • and more

AU – Apple’s Audio Units

Audio 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.

  • Ableton Live
  • Antares
  • IK Multimedia
  • Sound Radix

Audacity, a Free Host

Chances are that you have DaVinci Resolve, Premiere, Audition, or Vegas if you’re a Windows using video pro. If not, Audacity is also a free digital audio workstation that can be downloaded at Source Forge. “Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.”

Sanford Sound Design Cobalt

Cobalt is a VST plug-in for Windows and is inspired by 1980’s hybrid-style synthesizers.

Learn more about Cobalt

Download Cobalt

Looking for something bigger synth sound? Try Waves Wavetable Synth Plugin – Codex

Waves Codex is a cutting-edge polyphonic synthesizer based on an advanced granular wavetable engine and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology. It’s both Mac and Windows

Learn more | Buy Waves Wavetable Synth Plug-in Codex

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki