VST Plug-ins

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Peter 10Nov11: Comments from Gale copied at his request from the Forum:
  • Gale: ToDo-2
    • I'm sure the long list of (mainly Windows) "functional" effects has broken links, effects that are no longer available and so on. Some user on Windows added most of the effects to that list at some point in history.
    • The "List of Plug-ins with known problems" is likely out of date too, and certainly does not need references to behaviour with the old VST-bridge. There may be a case for maintaining that list, rather than pointing users to Bugzilla reports, especially if there were issues that we could not fix.
  • Peter 10Nov15: Boy this page does need some loving.
    1. I killed all the dead links in the main list and in the problems list as a starter.
    2. I really think we should not be listing any for which we cannot provide a suitable link. Apart from any other consideration this would shorten the page nicely
    3. I suspect even those listed with links could be pruned a little (but my knowledge/experience is limited here).
    4. Rather I would suggest linking to Virtual Studio Technology in Wikipedia. That page has links to suppliers of VST effects and on those pages are downloads for various VSTs
    5. And if a user requires even more VST plug-ins/plugins they can always try Googling
    6. Any listed one should really carry a brief description of what the plug-in does
    7. Traditionally we would bullet-point the list - Connie doesn't like the "br" construct - but I'm not going to tackle this till we address 2 above.
  • Peter 15Nov15: Well I've given it a first bit of loving today:
    • Split the list into two, those plug-ins with links and those without
    • Reformatted the list of those with links to be an ordered list and reming the "br" linebrak construct tha Connie does not like.
    • Set a P2 recommending that we just lose the list of those plug-ins without a link (users could use Google and/or Wikipedia.
This page describes support for VST (Virtual Studio Technology) 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 given here.
VST effects are supported by Audacity on OS X and GNU/Linux, but relatively few are available on Mac (due to Apple's competing Audio Units technology) and even fewer on Linux. If a specific VST effect is required on Linux, it may be necessary to employ workarounds such as running Audacity for Windows in a virtual machine.
 
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VST support in Audacity

Warning icon
  • On Windows and Mac OS X, Audacity is a 32-bit application so won't see 64-bit versions of VST plug-ins, even on 64-bit operating systems.
  • On GNU/Linux, 32-bit systems will have 32-bit versions of Audacity which won't see 64-bit VST plug-ins. 64-bit systems will have 64-bit versions of Audacity which will see 64-bit VST plug-ins but won't see 32-bit plug-ins.
  • VST instruments (VSTi) (such as synths) and real-time VST effects (that change the audio data while playing or recording) are not yet supported.
  • VST 3 plug-ins are not supported.

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.

For instructions on how to load new VST effects into Audacity please see this page in the Manual.


The overwhelming majority of VST effect plug-ins should display and process correctly. If an incompatible VST plug-in does cause a problem, click the Manage button in the effect's dialog then choose "Options...". In the dialog that appears, try reducing Buffer Size, disabling Latency Compensation or disabling graphical display. See VST Effect Options in the Manual for more information on these choices.
  • To report a plug-in that is problematic in current Audacity, please add it below, or write to our feedback address.

Where Audacity looks for VST plug-ins

The complete list of locations can be found in the Audacity Manual. 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 but Rosetta cannot be used on OS X 10.7 or later).

List of Plug-ins with download links

Peter 15Nov15: I have reformatted this list making it an unordered list and removing the "br" linbreak construct that Connie does not approve of.
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.

List of Plug-ins for which we have no download links

Peter 15Nov15: ToDo-2 My vote would be for removing this list entirely. If users want more VST plug-ins than we list above in the list of thos ewith links then they can always Use Google or Wikipedia.

2WarpDelay_v1.dll
4poleLPF.dll
Neosweep.dll
Acidfanatic overdrive.dll
Acidfanatic stereo2mono.dll
Acidfanatic ultradrive.dll
AnalogDelay.dll
AnechoicRoomSimulator.dll
ariesverb_0_2.dll
B_Decoder.dll
bandspin.dll
BassChorusV23.dll
BassPhaserV10.dll
Big Tick Dual Delay.dll
Big Tick Hexaline.dll
BPan_e.dll
BPan_e_gui.dll
BPan_m.dll
BPan_m_gui.dll
c3multibandcomp_1_2.dll
c3multibandcomp_1_2sse.dll
CamelPhatFree.dll
CatDelay.dll
CatDelay_1_3.dll
CCTDelayLE.dll
Chimecho.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
Dr_ExpanderDemo.dll
echographz.dll
effex.dll
E-Phonic LOFI.dll
E-Phonic XPressor.dll
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
florus.dll
FlybabyBETA.dll
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
dBlue Glitch - requires Audacity 1.3.9 or later; random probability feature does not work in Audacity 2.0.2
GLow.dll
GranComp3.dll
GranComp3_mono.dll
GranComp.dll
GranComp_mono.dll
GRevDly.dll
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
karlette.dll
KarmaFX Deelay.dll
KarmaFX Filter.dll
KewlCompressor.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
mdspFlanger.dll
Megatrancer.dll
MjRotoDelay.dll
MnComp_v1r.dll
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
Null-BandSpin.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
respass.dll
RetroDelay.dll
Reverb.dll
Reversinator.dll RMD.dll
Saturator.dll - analog 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
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
TapeDelay.dll
Telephone.dll - simple, very realistic telephone audio simulator.
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
VariDelay.dll
VFlange.dll
VFlanger.dll
VIBRATOR1_00.dll
Vibro.dll
Volcano.dll
VoxengoEssEQ.dll
VoxengoLampthruster (a VST amp simulator)
VoxengoOldSkoolVerb.dll
VoxengoPowershaper.dll
VoxengoSampleDelay.dll
VoxengoStereoTouch.dll
VoxengoTempoDelay.dll
VoxengoTubeAmp1.dll
VoxengoTubeAmp.dll
VPingPong.dll
WARP.DLL
Whix.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

Warning icon 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 7 or Mac OS X 10.9.4, the date of your report, and the version of Audacity used.
  5. Feel free to use current Audacity to retest any plug-ins that did not work with legacy VST Enabler or legacy 1.x versions of Audacity. If plug-ins now work, please move them up into the "working" list.
    • Audacity 2.0.6 onwards supports buffer delay compensation. Most plug-ins previously listed below that suffered from inserted silence due to Audacity's lack of compensation are no longer listed.
In addition to the below list, the following plug-ins do not have functioning sliders in Audacity 2.1.0 or later and so will only apply at default settings. See Bug 1083.
  • JS plug-ins
  • MDA VST's
  • stereoizer.dll
Plug-in OS Date Audacity version Symptoms
Auto-Tune Windows Dec.2012 Audacity 2.0.1 Tuning by MIDI input is not supported.
BlueCat OS X Sep.2014 Audacity 2.0.5, 2.0.6 In 2.0.5, the plug-in interface does not work, so you can only use default settings. The interface works in 2.0.6, but in both versions, saving a preset will lock out the main Audacity window, requiring to close Audacity from the Dock.
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 OS X May 2014 Audacity 2.0.6-alpha Interface cannot be used (so the effects can only be used at default settings) or interface disappears completely when loading preset. The interface is likely to be available in 2.0.6 release, but attempting to save a preset in any Audacity version could lock out the main Audacity window.
GRM Tools Windows Sep.08 Audacity 1.3.8+ unspecified
GSnap Windows Jan.2014 Audacity 2.0.6 Tuning by MIDI input is not supported.
keFIR Windows Apr.08 VST-Bridge 1.1 has no effect on audio
kn0ck0ut Windows Sep.2014 Audacity 2.0.6-alpha Despite Audacity 2.0.6 or later supporting buffer delay compensation, the start of the processed audio has silence inserted and a corresponding length is removed from the end of the processed audio. This also occurs in Goldwave and Wavosaur so is probably a bug in Kn0ck0ut, but the VST version is no longer being developed, only an LV2 version.
Sonic Maximizer Windows Sep.2007 VST-Bridge 1.1 not in Effect menu
SoundSoap2 (discontinued) (see also SoundSoap3) Windows, OS X 2007 (various) All Audacity won't launch
Spectro Windows Nov.2014 2.0.7-alpha No spectrum visible in plug-in window
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
Waves V5 Windows Dec.2012 Audacity 2.0.2 Hangs Audacity on launch
Waves V8 OS X Feb.2013 Audacity 2.0.3 Only tabular interface. Two entries (m) and (s) for each effect. GarageBand does not have either problem.(1)
(1) Audio Unit versions of Waves may cause Audacity 2.0.4 or earlier to freeze or crash on launch. In 2.0.5 or later, Waves Audio Units may cause a freeze or crash when the effect is chosen from the Effect Menu.