Audacity VST Enabler


Audacity VST Enabler


Audacity VST Enabler Download for v1.xx:

vst-bridge-1.1.exe (Windows Installer) (Windows ZIP file)


vst-bridge-1.1.dmg for macOS

vst-bridge-1.1.tar.gz (Source code)


Version, 1.1

This plug-in allows Audacity 1.2.4 and higher to support VST plug-ins. Just put it in Audacity's "Plug-ins" folder. For more information on VST plug-ins, see Audacity's Plug-ins page.

To use with Audacity: just copy or vst-bridge.dll to the Plug-ins folder inside of your Audacity folder.

The Mac version is a universal binary.

This library makes it possible for programs which support the LADSPA API to load VST plug-ins. Simply place the library into any folder where LADSPA plug-ins are loaded, and it will automatically load all VST plug-ins and make them appear as LADSPA plug-ins.

VST plugins are searched for in this order:

  • The current directory

  • The path specified by the VST_PATH environment variable, if any

On Windows, additionally:

  • The first of the following to be found: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

On OS X, additionally:

  • The users ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory

  • The system /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST directory

The Windows version now looks for plugins in standard locations as well as the current directory and the VST_PATH environment variable. First, it tries to locate the "standard" VST registry key and, if not found, looks in "Program Files\VST\VSTPlugins".

Because of licensing issues, VST support must be kept separate from Audacity. This "VST Enabler" is mostly open-source, but the source code to Steinberg's VST SDK is required, and this must be downloaded from Steinberg separately.

Update 2.2.1: VST Plug-ins Audacity can load VST effects (but not VST instruments) on all operating systems. The VST Enabler is no longer required. Install the VST effects to the Audacity Plug-Ins folder on Windows, to ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins on OS X/macOS or to system locations. Then use the Plug-ins Manager to enable the new plug-ins as in the plug-in installation instructions above.

Related VST (dll) To Mac (Adapters / Hosts):

WACVST (Windows-Mac VST)   VSTAU Manager   Audacity VST Enabler

SM Pro Audio VFX Software for Intel Mac OS X (To Play Syntheway VST Plug-ins)

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