Category: VST Plugins

VST plugins are usually used to add functionality to a digital audio workstation (DAW), but there are a few standalone plugin hosts that accept VST. Although there are other types, such as spectrum analyzers and other metres, most VST plugins are either instruments (VSTi) or effects (VSTfx). VST plugins typically come with a bespoke graphical user interface that mimics the physical switches and knobs found on audio hardware. The user interface of some (typically older) plugins is dependent on the host application.

VST synthesisers and samplers are software simulations of well-known hardware synthesisers and samplers. These usually mimic the original equipment’s appearance as well as its audio qualities. This allows artists and engineers to use virtual replicas of devices that would otherwise be difficult and costly to procure.