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 HighLife by discoDSP is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Product HighLife
Developer discoDSP
Price (MSRP) $55 / €49 / £39 / ¥6.500
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.3.0  Downloads Released
System Requirements
XP or higher.
 1.3.0  Downloads Released
System Requirements
10.6 or higher.
 1.3.0  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Debian / Ubuntu.
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Akai, DLS, MP3, OGG, RAW, SF2 (SoundFont), sfz, WAV
Audio Demos
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone


  • 32 / 64-bit VSTi / Audio Units compatibility.
  • Zero-Delay Feedback filters.
  • Built-in wave editor.
  • 32-Bit floating point based wavetables.
  • 128 Programs with unlimited zones.
  • Up to 32 voices polyphony (Multi layered zone sampling engine).
  • Selectable interpolation engines: Hermite, Sinc 64 and Sinc 512. Both sinc modes are not suitable for realtime purposes but bouncing to audio.
  • Morphable scheme and automatable zone parameters (incl. cue and loop points).
  • Syncable LFO with configurable Phase.
  • Stepping-free modulation sends, pitch bend and modulation to morphing wheels.

Sampler Import formats:

  • Auto mapping when multiple files are opened at once.
  • Samples: wav (8 to 32-bit), .mp3, .raw, .ogg.
  • Programs: .akp (Akai S5000/S6000), Cakewalk SFZ, DLS, SF2, GIG.

Sampler Export formats:

  • Samples: 16-bit .wav.
  • Programs: Cakewalk SFZ.

Program overview:

  • Unlimited zones.
  • ADSR amplitude envelope.
  • ADSR envelope filter and pitch assignable (both bipolar).
  • -24dB/Oct ZDF filter modes: Lowpass/Hipass/Bandpass/Notch and disabled.
  • Stepping-free Cutoff and Resonance.
  • High quality Chorus, delay and reverb.
  • Wow factor effects: Daft and rock da disco.
  • Full mono/poly and legato operation.

Zones overview:

  • Independent envelope amplitude, modulation envelope, LFO and filter settings.
  • Automatable zone parameters (including cue and loop points).
  • Up to 128 MIDI triggerable cues, with different start/end and loop settings each.
  • Automatable per-cue pos/end/loop points, supporting swapping of cue range/loop markers.
  • 5 Loop types (one shoot, forward, bidirectional, backward, forward w/sustain).
  • Group/Off by triggering settings.
  • Amp Env, Mod Env and LFO (syncable), 24dB Filter (5 Types).
  • Full MIDI Input triggering control.
  • Chorus, delay and reverb sends.
  • Glide with auto-switch control.

Sample editor overview:

  • Zoom up to 1:1 resolution.
  • Clipboard: Cut / copy / paste / sample trim.
  • Amplitude: Fade in / out / normalization.
  • Effects: Reverse / Rectifier / Sin Drive / Tanh Drive / Filter Smooth / Enhance.
  • Cues / loop edit.
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