What’s a VST Plug-in?

by | Jun 17, 2010 | Software


Steinberg developed it.  Steinberg Gmbh is a German musical software and equipment company based in Hamburg (Wikipedia).  BTW, Gmbh is pronounced Guh-Em’-buh-hah…I know…I had to research it once.  It’s an abbreviation like Ltd., or LLC…only for international firms.  Steinberg’s best-known software products in our line of work are probably CuBase, Nuendo, and WaveLab.

But back to VST’s.  If you use a DAW, you probably have VST’s under your “effects” library.  Most modern software DAW’s recognize a plethoria of VST plug-ins, or modules that emulate certain audio effects.

Again, from Wikipedia:  “VST plugins are generally run within a Digital Audio Workstation, providing the host application with additional functionality. Most VST plugins can be classified as either instruments (VSTi) or effects, although other categories exist. VST plugins generally provide a custom GUI, displaying controls similar to the physical switches and knobs on audio hardware. Some (often older) plugins rely on the host application for their UI.

VST instruments include software simulation emulations of well-known hardware synthesizer devices and samplers, emulating the look of the original equipment and its sonic characteristics. This enables VSTi users to use virtual versions of devices that may be otherwise difficult to obtain.”

There.  Clear as mud?

I’m only on to this at 3:05 on a Thursday morning, PST…because I’ve spent the last 2 hours configuring my Adobe Audition 3.0 software to accept Source-Connect as a VST plug-in. I was using Source-Element’s own free ‘desktop’ interface, but when I talked to the Source-Connect people at VOICE2010, they assured me it would work with AA3.0 as well.  They were right.  Pretty slick, actually.  Works great!

I’d been neglecting my Source-Connect account for a while, so this was a welcome re-visit of its functionality. The bulk of those two hours was spent re-configuring the ‘port-forwarding’ for my static IP address, so I would get a more reliable connection for my SC.  It all worked, and these things don’t always happen that way.

Need to know more?  Contact Frank Frederick sometime.  He could be Steinberg’s Chief Engineer for all I know.  The guy has it down.




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