VST 2.0 Specifications - Virtual Studio Technology
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VST 2.0 Specs


Understanding VST

Generally the VST Protocol defines a simple method for implementing DSP algorithms for host CPU based audio systems. It allows signal processes to be very quickly developed avoiding much of the OS dependent issues or very specific DSP chip programming schemes. The result is that both writing and using a VST Plug-in is very easy compared with other systems.

What's new in VST 2.0?

Shortly after its first introduction, the VST Plug-in group was a rich source of ideas on how the VST-Plug-In specification could be extended. When other companies started to host VST Plug-Ins, the ideas for extensions on the host side grew too. The VST 2.0 Specification is the result of combined consultation, and builds on the VST 1.0 spec to bring about some exciting new possibilities.


Virtual Studio Technology plug-ins is developed and owned by Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH. These are software versions of traditional recording studio hardware. Before VST you had to pay big money for these pieces of hardware, now you can buy the software version much cheaper. There is also a growing number of free and shareware plug-ins available. It is now possible to produce professional music using no hardware other than your PC. 


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