Standalone 'small' machine for running VST's?

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Standalone 'small' machine for running VST's?

Post by Voltcontrol » Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:39 pm

Dear all,

Is there a compelling way to run a couple of VST's (mainly effects use) on a separate bit of hardware (computer) for just that purpose?
I imagine DAWless is the best in terms of resources use?

Size (small) and cost (affordable) matter as well.
Sound quality needs to be great obviously.

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Post by Funky40 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:42 pm

on mac:
HAU
( mac only ! AU only ! no VST )

its a AU Host. freeware ! i really like it !
only 1x stereo track for external siganl sources though.
Has less latency than a DAW

http://ju-x.com/hostingau.html


i use Blue Cats "patchwork"* to load VSTs into HAU.
* which is also a Hostprogramm when using the standalone, and also a tip on its own as such. ( much likely multi platform)
https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/P ... PatchWork/
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Post by Voltcontrol » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:50 am

Funky40 wrote:on mac:
HAU
( mac only ! AU only ! no VST )

its a AU Host. freeware ! i really like it !
only 1x stereo track for external siganl sources though.
Has less latency than a DAW

http://ju-x.com/hostingau.html


i use Blue Cats "patchwork"* to load VSTs into HAU.
* which is also a Hostprogramm when using the standalone, and also a tip on its own as such. ( much likely multi platform)
https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/P ... PatchWork/
Thanks!
Blue Cat PatchWork looks good, i'll have to discount the Mac option you mentioned though as I am used to Windows and several Lunix distro's. Only downside is that it costs 100 bucks. If there's a comparable freeware something that is just as good I'm afraid it will not win, otherwise looking very good!

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Post by loopt » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:10 am

I'm not up to date in terms of recent VST stuff.
But in the past I have successfully used Hermann Seib's VSThost in Windows and dssi-vst in Linux.
Can't remember the actual host I used in Linux, though. I managed to get stuff running in pd but I also got my Voxengo Elephant up in Mixbus. Can't recall how...

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Post by Voltcontrol » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:31 am

loopt wrote:I'm not up to date in terms of recent VST stuff.
But in the past I have successfully used Hermann Seib's VSThost in Windows and dssi-vst in Linux.
Can't remember the actual host I used in Linux, though. I managed to get stuff running in pd but I also got my Voxengo Elephant up in Mixbus. Can't recall how...
Will try VSThost, thank you very much for sharing. :)
The project is has been last updated in 2018 or so it seems, but sounds like it will do the trick for me spec wise. I hope that it is still compatible with the current Windows version.

https://www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm
"It's a VST-compatible host that's capable of:

# loading VST effects (aka "plugins")
# parameterizing / editing them
# sound output for VSTis
# MIDI-input and -output
# loading / saving .fxb / .fxp files
# I/O through either Windows MME or ASIO drivers
# Wave Player / Recorder
# MIDI Player"

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Post by Voltcontrol » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:46 am

I'll be giving Audiostrom LiveProfessor a try as well. https://audiostrom.com/

Also, I remembered that there should be a 3 year old windows tablet/keyboard combination somewhere in the house, so after I've found that a decent soundcard/interface will be the last part of the puzzle. The standard audio out of that thing (at least it has one) is not really up to snuff and I need an input for effects routing obviously.

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Post by tehyar » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:46 am

I've debated doing this a few times myself. I've used VSTHost many times in the past to play around with VSTs without a daw, it's great. The only thing that's kept me from going all in and setting up a host machine was added latency, since I would also be using a daw machine. But now you have me thinking again. I would likely use a Presonus Quantum or Quantum 2 like I'm using on the daw machine. It has no dsp, only direct, and I've been able to get latency down to 1-2ms round trip. Did you have an idea how you wanted to handle latency/audio yet?

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Post by dmob » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:50 pm

Free & open source: Elements - can run as standalone or as a plugin, can host AU/AAX/VST2/VST3 plugins, modular, flexible:
https://kushview.net/element/

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Post by mritenburg » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:01 pm

Have you considered getting a dedicated hardware VST host? Some are quite expensive and there are a few available in the $100-200 range. Just search on ‘hardware vst host.’

It would be cool if someone would make a VST host eurorack module.
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