VST Plug-ins

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This page describes support for VST effect plug-ins in Audacity (VST instrument plug-ins that generate audio are not supported). A list of VST effects known to process correctly in Audacity on Windows is included.
VST effects are supported in OS X versions of Audacity, but relatively few are available due to Apple's competing Audio Units technology. There is no Audacity support for VST on Linux where the technology is little used, but some workarounds to run VST plug-ins on Linux can be found here.
 
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VST support in Audacity

Warning icon Note: Audacity is a 32-bit application so won't see 64-bit versions of VST plug-ins, even on 64-bit operating systems.

Audacity 1.2

There is limited support for VST effects by downloading the optional VST Enabler.

To display a VST plug-in in Audacity, place it in the Audacity Plug-Ins folder inside your Audacity installation folder, or in other VST system folders. On Windows, the Audacity installation folder is normally in C:\Program Files. On Mac OS X, it is usually in the Applications folder. Restart Audacity, then the plug-in should be visible in the Effect Menu, underneath the divider.

Plug-ins will only have a generic tabular interface with sliders which may not expose all the plug-in controls correctly. Not all plug-ins will work correctly, even if all of the intended interface elements are available. These restrictions are imposed on us because the Steinberg company who created the technology forbid us disclosing their code in our software. We are obliged to do this because Audacity is open source.


Current 1.3 Beta versions

From Audacity 1.3.8 onwards, VST effects are displayed with full GUI interface (where provided by the plug-in), and without need of the VST Enabler. This has been made possible by use of an open source VST header.

When current Audacity Beta is first launched, it will scan for VST plug-ins in the Plug-Ins folder inside the Audacity installation folder, and in other VST system folders. A dialogue will indicate progress of the scan. Your VST effects will appear in the Effect menu, underneath the divider.

If you add more VST plug-ins later, they will not appear in the Effect menu until you go to the Effects tab of Audacity Preferences, check "Rescan VST effects next time Audacity is started", then restart Audacity. However if you subsequently remove any VST plug-ins, they will automatically be removed from the Effect menu after restart, without need for a rescan (as long as you are using 1.3.10 or later).

The overwhelming majority of VST effect plug-ins should now display and process correctly. If an incompatible VST plug-in does cause a problem, try unchecking "Display VST effects in graphical mode" in the Effects Preferences, or rename or remove the plug-in. To report a plug-in that is problematic in current Beta versions, please add it below, or write to our feedback address.


Where Audacity looks for VST plug-ins

Audacity searches for VST plug-ins in this order:

  1. On all platforms:
    • Directories called "Plug-Ins", "Plugins" or "VST" in the Audacity installation directory. On Windows, the Audacity Beta installation directory is normally at C:\Program Files\Audacity 1.3 Beta (Unicode). On OS X, it is normally under /Applications.
    • The path specified by the VST_PATH environment variable
  2. On Windows, the following locations are also searched:
    • The Windows Registry key HKCU\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath
    • The Windows Registry key HKLM\Software\VST\VSTPluginsPath
    • C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins
  1. On OS X, the following locations are also searched:
    • /Users/<user>/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
    • /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST

The specified directories are searched recursively, which means that plug-ins that are inside their own folder in that directory should still be found by Audacity.


List of functional Plug-ins

Instructions for adding plug-ins to the list:
  1. Please insert new plug-ins that work in Audacity in the correct place so as to keep the list sorted in alphabetical order.
  2. Please give a download link to the plug-in if possible, enclosing the link inside single square brackets - for example:
    [http://www.linktoplugin.com]
  3. If plug-ins are not free, please note this.


  • The majority of plug-ins will be for Windows only unless OS 9 or OS X is stated.
  • Classic Mac OS plug-ins will only work under OS 9 and previous. Mac OS X plug-ins with a .component file marked as "PowerPC" will only work on PPC Macs (they might work on Intel Macs with slow performance under Rosetta).


2WarpDelay_v1.dll
4poleLPF.dll
A0 Neosweep.dll
Acidfanatic overdrive.dll
Acidfanatic stereo2mono.dll
Acidfanatic ultradrive.dll
Ambience - reverb plugin for Windows, OS 9/X
ADopplerEn.dll
AnalogDelay.dll
AnechoicRoomSimulator.dll
Antares AutoTune Evo - Mostly works with 1.3 beta. Automatic pitch correction works, but to be able to draw pitch curves clock must be set to "internal" and not "host". (commercial)
ANWIDA Soft DX Reverb Light.dll
ariesverb_0_2.dll
B_Decoder.dll
bandspin.dll
BassChorusV23.dll
BassPhaserV10.dll
Big Tick Dual Delay.dll
Big Tick Hexaline.dll
BJ Flanger.dll
BJ LoFi.dll
BJ Overdrive.dll
BJ Ringmodulator.dll
BJ Tremolo.dll
BJ Wavechanger2.dll
BLOCKFISH.dll - compressor for Windows and OS X (not Intel)
BlueCatMonoChorusVST.dll for Windows and OS X
BlueCatFlangerVST(Mono).dll for Windows and OS X
BlueCatFlangerVST(Stereo).dll for Windows and OS X
BlueCatPhaserVST(Mono).dll for Windows and OS X
BlueCatPhaserVST(Stereo).dll for Windows and OS X
BlueCatStereoChorusVST.dll for Windows and OS X
Bouncy.dll
BPan_e.dll
BPan_e_gui.dll
BPan_m.dll
BPan_m_gui.dll
bs2b.dll stereo to binaural
BuzMaxi.dll
Buzzroom CL 201 (Vintage Maximiser) - now shareware and known as Extreme Amplifier
c3multibandcomp_1_2.dll
c3multibandcomp_1_2sse.dll
CamelPhatFree.dll
CatDelay.dll
CatDelay_1_3.dll
CCTDelayLE.dll
Chimecho.dll
Classic Auto-Filter.dll
Classic Chorus.dll
Classic Compressor.dll
Classic Delay.dll
Classic EQ.dll
Classic Flanger.dll
Classic Master Limiter.dll
Classic Phaser.dll
Classic Reverb.dll
CompactDistortion.dll
Compressor2.dll
Compressor.dll
CoyoteWah.dll
CrazyIvan.dll
D_Limiter.dll
dB Compressor.dll
dbFree.dll
DCOffsetKiller.dll
Delayer.dll
Delta Filter.dll
Delta Force.dll
Delta Phase.dll
Delta Ping.dll
Delta Space.dll
dfx Buffer Override mono.dll
dfx Buffer Override stereo.dll
dfx Monomaker.dll
dfx Scrubby.dll
dfx Skidder.dll
DFX Transverb.dll
Distortionator Mk2.dll
dominion v1.2.dll
Dr_ExpanderDemo.dll
echographz.dll
effex.dll
E-Phonic LOFI.dll
E-Phonic XPressor.dll
EZmix (commercial, time limited demo available. Also supports OS X but only Windows version tested)
F_M_Comp.dll
F_M_EQShelf.dll
F_M_Tube.dll
F_S_Comp.dll
F_S_EQFilter.dll
F_S_EQShelf.dll
F_S_LineT.dll
F_S_Phase.dll
F_S_Tube.dll
FEILEI Surround Echo.dll
FEILEI Surround Encode.dll
FEILEI Surround Pan.dll
Filterizer.dll
FilterONE.dll
firegain.dll
Flaser.dll
Flipper.dll
FloFi.dll
FLOORFISH.dll - expander/noise gate for Windows and OS X (not Intel)
florus.dll
FlybabyBETA.dll
Freeverb for OS X
Freeverb2.dll for Windows
FreeverbToo.dll for Windows
Fruity 7band EQ.dll
Fruity balance.dll
Fruity bass boost.dll
Fruity blood overdrive.dll
Fruity filter.dll
Fruity delay.dll
Frohmage_vst2win.dll
Fuzz-Stone.dll
Gain.dll
GClip.dll
GComp.dll
GeneComp3.dll
GeneComp3_mono.dll
GeneComp.dll
GeneComp_mono.dll
GGate.dll
GHi.dll
Glacier.dll
GLow.dll
GranComp3.dll
GranComp3_mono.dll
GranComp.dll
GranComp_mono.dll
GRevDly.dll
GRM Tools - on OS X, does not work on Windows
GVerb.dll
Hard Limiter.dll
IndyGoDelay.dll
IndyGoGater.dll
IndyGoTremolo.dll
Invada EQ-Tube-Mono.dll
Invada EQ-Tube-Stereo.dll
Invada Tube-Mono.dll
Invada Tube-Stereo.dll
iZotope Vinyl.dll for Windows and OS X. Note: Warp setting is not visible
JS 6 equalizer V1.0.dll
JS Band Cut V1.0.dll
JS Compresseur V1.1.dll
JS Disto V1.0.dll
JS equalizer V1.0.dll
JS Humanizer v1.0.dll
JS Limiteur V1.0.dll
JS Magneto V1.1.dll
JS Mini-sample V1.0.dll
JS Noise Attenu V1.0 .dll
JS Noise Filtre V1.0.dll
JS Oscil resonne V2.0 .dll
JS Oscil resonne V3.0.dll
JS PanDelay .dll
JS Resonnateur V1.0.dll
JS Vibrato V1.0.dll
jVSTwRapper-based plug-ins (on Windows, Mac OSX PPC/Intel and Linux).

jVSTwRapper is a way of writing Java plug-ins using VST-based technology, enclosed in a wrapper that makes them compatible for use in VST, Audio Units and LADSPA hosts. Thus jVSTwRapper plug-ins can be run on all three platforms.

karlette.dll
KarmaFX Deelay.dll
KarmaFX Filter.dll
KewlCompressor.dll
Killeringer.dll
KONTRAST.DLL
KristalEQ.dll
Kristalizer.dll
KristalReverb.dll
KTAudioHealer.dll
KwikKomp2b1.dll
KwikKomp3VST.dll
Levels.dll
LoFiPlus.dll
LPGEQ2.dll
LPGEQ2_1.dll
LPGEQ.dll
LPGEQ_mono.dll
Mab.dll
MadShifta.dll
mda Bandisto.dll
mda BeatBox.dll
mda Combo.dll
mda De-ess.dll
mda Degrade.dll
mda Delay.dll
mda Detune.dll
mda Dither.dll
mda DubDelay.dll
mda Dynamics.dll
mda Envelope.dll
mda Image.dll
mda Leslie.dll
mda Limiter.dll
mda Loudness.dll
mda MultiBand.dll
mda Overdrive.dll
mda RePsycho!.dll
mda RezFilter.dll
mda RingMod.dll
mda RoundPan.dll
mda Shepard.dll
mda Splitter.dll
mda Stereo.dll
mda SubSynth.dll
mda Talkbox.dll
mda ThruZero.dll
mda Tracker.dll
mda VocInput.dll
mda Vocoder.dll
mdspFlanger.dll
Megatrancer.dll
MjCompressor.dll for Windows and OS X Windows version only has a tabular interface even in Audacity 1.3.8+
MjRotoDelay.dll
MnComp_v1r.dll
Modern Plugins MonstaChorus.dll
Morphing Delay 2.1 Demo.dll
msBalance.dll
msComp.dll
msDecode.dll
msDelay.dll
msEncode.dll
msSwap.dll
msvcr71.dll
ndcPanner.dll
ndcTrem.dll
ndcTrem_plus.dll
noisegate.dll
normalizer.dll
NorthPole.dll
Null-BandSpin.dll
oversampler.dll
P1-Tapedelay.dll
PalancarWare Brick.dll
PalancarWare DeDC.dll
PalancarWare Empire.dll
PalancarWare Ozone.dll
PalancarWare Refero.dll
PalancarWare Scalar.dll
ppdisto.dll
preamp.dll
pvaccu.dll
pvexag.dll
pvtransp.dll
pwmdrive.dll
pzx.dll
q_delOizer30.dll
Qamp.dll
REFLEX free - a regenerating delay plug-in, a mixture of stereo delays followed by a dense cloud of reflections (Download)
respass.dll
RetroDelay.dll
Reverb.dll
Reversinator.dll RMD.dll
Robotizer.dll
RoomMachine844.dll
RoomReverb.dll
RubyTube.dll
SampleSlider.dll
Saturator.dll - analogue tape saturation emulator for added "warmth"
sc4.dll
sc 04 sec Stereo Delay.dll
sc Multi Delay.dll
sc Multi Tap Delay.dll
sc Stereo Panner.dll
sc Tremelo.dll
SDynamics.dll
SFilter.dll
SH-1 Chorus.dll
SH-1 Filter.dll
SH-1 Graphic EQ.dll
SH-1 LFO Multi.dll
SH-1 PhaseSifter.dll
SH-1 Reverb.dll
ShivaShifta.dll
SideChCompMn.dll
SideChCompSt.dll
SideKick2.dll
Silverspike Reverb-it Demo.dll
SimpleQ.dll
SimpleTremolo.dll
SLFO.dll
Solidverb.dll
SonicChorus.dll
SpectriX.dll
SPICE1_01.dll
SPITFISH.dll - de-esser for Windows and OS X (not Intel)
Square-o-matic.dll
Stardust.dll
Starplugs-RuntimePanner.dll
StComp_v1r.dll
stepper.dll
Stereoizer.dll
StereoFaker.dll
StereoStretcher.dll
StereoTools.dll
StudioVerb.dll
SupaPhaser.dll
surrounder.dll
tape Saturator.dll
TapeDelay.dll
TapeIt.dll
TB Compressor (working demo) in Tone Boosters plug-in bundle - supports "New York" or "parallel" compression
Telephone.dll - simple, very realistic telephone audio simulator.
THD.dll
TK-3BandDisto.dll
TK-4Filters.dll
TK-BPMDelay.dll
TK-BPMDelayS.dll
TK-FeedFlanger.dll
TK-FilterDisto.dll
TK-FlangDestructor.dll
TK-LPFilterMod.dll
TK-StereoFlanger.dll
TranceFormer.dll
tridirt.dll
T-SLEDGE.dll
TubeBaby.dll
unmatched.dll
UpStereo.dll - stereo widener
UpStereo for OS X (not tested)
VariDelay.dll
VdPhazor.dll
VFlange.dll
VFlanger.dll
VIBRATOR1_00.dll
Vibro.dll
Volcano.dll
VOX_DoctorDemo.dll - De-Esser
VoxengoEssEQ.dll
VoxengoLampthruster (a VST amp simulator)
VoxengoOldSkoolVerb.dll
VoxengoPowershaper.dll
VoxengoSampleDelay.dll
VoxengoStereoTouch.dll
VoxengoTempoDelay.dll
VoxengoTubeAmp1.dll
VoxengoTubeAmp.dll
VPingPong.dll
VRingMod.dll
VSpectShift.dll
VST Enabler.dll
WARP.DLL
Whix.dll
xChorus.dll
xfaser_lite.dll
Z-BandSpin.dll
Z-FilterDub.dll
Z-Florus.dll
Z-Ringer.dll
Z-SpShift.dll
Z-SpVoc.dll

List of Plug-ins with known problems

Instructions for adding VST effect plug-ins to the list:
  1. Please do not add VST instrument plug-ins to the list, because Audacity won't work with any of those.
  2. List effect plug-ins that do not work properly in Audacity, giving a short note of the problem, such as "Audacity won't launch", "plug-in does not appear in Effect Menu", "not all controls available", "audio not processed".
  3. Please give a download link to the plug-in if possible, enclosing the link inside single square brackets - for example:
    [http://www.linktoplugin.com]
  4. Please also give your operating system such as Windows XP or Mac OS X, the date of your report, and the version of the VST Enabler (or Audacity) used.
  5. Feel free to use Audacity 1.3.8+ to retest any plug-ins that did not work with VST Enabler, and move them up into "working" list above if they now work.


Plug-in OS Date VST Enabler Symptoms
Ambisonic Decoders Windows Dec.2011 1.3.13 and 1.3.14 (works in 1.3.12 and 1.3.15 onwards) Audacity crashes on launch
dBlue Glitch Windows Jan.2008 VST-Bridge 1.1 no real GUI, way less settings, Audacity crashes when applying
CM Vocoder Windows/OS X Sep.08 Audacity 1.3.8+ Does not appear
Effect Chainer DX and VST wrapper Windows Jan.08 All can't host any plug-ins
FFX-4 DX and VST Wrapper Windows Jan.08 All can't host any plug-ins
Freeverb2 Windows 7 Oct.11 Audacity 1.3.13 Only tabular interface, no preset support
GRM Tools Windows (works on OS X) Sep.08 Audacity 1.3.8+ unspecified
keFIR Windows Apr.08 VST-Bridge 1.1 has no effect on audio
Sonic Maximizer Windows Sep.2007 VST-Bridge 1.1 not in Effect menu
Soundsoap Windows, OS X 2007 (various) All Audacity won't launch
String Studio Windows 2007 (various) VST-Bridge 1.1 Audacity won't launch
T RackS 3 OS X Dec.2009 All Audacity won't launch
VisualVOX VST Windows Jan.2008 VST-Bridge 1.1 No interface, just silences audio
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