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jBridge is an application designed for bridging VST plug-ins. Using inter-process communication mechanisms, it aims to make it possible to run 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit hosts, or even bridging 32-bit plug-ins to 32-bit hosts, allowing you to overcome the memory limitations of a single 32-bit process, in this last case.
Reviewed By BlackWinny
January 24, 2017
The review from EnergyCrush just below is totally unfair as it doesn't reflect at all the reality. If the user doesn't know how to make it work it is not the fault of the product... it is a total misunderstanding from the user himself on how to use it (something which is although extremely simple).
JBridge works perfect, I use it since years and years, and I have never encountered any issue with it. There is absolutely no need to run it as administrator (when someone is constraint to run a musical plugin or a DAW as administrator it is because he has placed it in a folder protected by Windows [since Windows 7 several trees are considered as so important for the security of the system that Microsoft decided to protect them by default so that they should be altered only by installers, and it is also the reason why there is a tree named C:ProgramData to place daten used by the programs in another place than the programs themselves] or because he has not installed it exactly as it was intended to be). Since Windows 7 the best way to run musical plugins (and many programs in general) is to not install them in the tree "C:Program files" nor in the tree "C:Program files (x86)" but to install them elsewhere (where you want as long as it is not at least in these two folders). The best place is in your "Documents" tree or by creating a special tree for your needs. If the installers continue today to propose the tree "C:Program files" or the tree "C:Program files (x86)" by default it is for compatibility with the previous versions of the system (up to XP)... and these installers never forbid someone to change the installation folder/tree suggested by default. All my software stuff for music is installed in a dedicated tree named "C:EM" ("EM stands for Electronic music") and all my software stuff for sciences (a dozen of big applications) is installed in a dedicated tree named 'C:Sciences"' and the same for my dozen of programs of imagery (Paint Shop Pro, Corel Video Studio, etc.).
JBridge works absolutely perfect, it doesn't require anything when you launch it in the purpose to add new 32-bit plugins and it doesn't require anything either to do the job in a totally transparent way when using it in your 64-bit DAW to compose, play, or whatever you want. You don't even remind that it exists and is running in background.
It doesn't require any attention, it doesn't add any latency, it doesn't add any substantial need of CPU, it requires such a small amount of memory (a few Kb, that's all) that it is totally forgotten by the musician even for the use of many simultaneous instances of musical plugins in his work.
And it is not for nothing that it summarizes more than 50 favorites on the KVR community as everyone can clearly see here at the top of the rightmost column of the present page.
This tool is a benediction to run any 32-bit plugin in a 64-bit DAW and with any number of instances you want and without any special authorization... the 64-bit DAW doesn't even know that the plugin you run on it is a 32-bit plugin .
A top notch tool for all the amateurs of instruments and effects developed with Synthedit or Synthmaker/Flowstone.
My note is without any appeal : 10 / 10.Read more
Reviewed By dazh
August 26, 2016
First of all, I can't believe that any of the major music software houses haven't at least tried to write/licence/include such an essential utility in their very expensive products. There are some that include compatibility with jbridge, but for it's very reasonable price tag, it pays for itself many times over if you consider replacing your collection of 32-bit plugins in order to work in a 64-bit host.
In my case I fell in love with Studio One 3 x64 after many years of being a Cubase user. There were just a couple of things bothering me. My Focusrite Liquid Mix and my EWQL Colossus are antique 32-bit abandonware but a regular feature of most of my productions.
So to keep this review short, I can confirm that jbridge can handle both with minimal tweaking on my Win7 x64 machine. Thanks J, you saved my ageing gear from the 32-bit bin for less than €15. Brilliant.
As for the tweaks, the first one is obvious cause it's in the instructions, but I missed it cause I was impatient and the plugins didn't work. You absolutely MUST set "run as administrator" in the file properties for jbridge and it's two auxhost files. I also set Studio One to run in admin mode. Once I had done this Colossus worked.
To get the Liquid Mix to work, I had to enable the "run in existing auxhost" option, otherwise I could only get one instance. Now it's running great even at low latency.
For functionality alone I give it a 10. It has tooltips but could use a proper help file, even in html or text or whatever.
Massive respect *****.Read more
Reviewed By mkastrup
January 31, 2013
Over the years i have picked up tons of plugins and with every new OS update i fear the worst for my old plugins. Last step up was to Windows 7 64bit and Cubase 6.5 64bit. I was very sad to see that most of my old 32bit plugins have trouble running under 64bit, Ok that was to be expected but does it really have to be like this, nopes not anymore...
I have heard of jBridge but feared that using this app would limit my setup in ways i could not control. Some times you just got to take a chance and see what happens.
I installed the program and a small setup guide took me through the setup. I had various options on how jBridge should transform my system. After some initial trying i ended up with having jBridge take control over all my plugins both 64bit and 32bit. There is an option in jBridge which will rename all plugins and add x64 to the file. That option was best left off because i would not be able to load my old Cubase projects since Cubase would not be able to locate the files with the old names.
After the install i ended up with a new MyVstPlugins directory which held all the bridges to the old VstPlugins folder. In Cubase i would remove the old location of VstPlugins and make the new MyVstPlugins the default folder.
Would this mess up the location of presets on my plugins, nope, presets are still found where they always have been.
First plugin to try on using the new jBridge was Komplexer, that plugin did not work using Cubase own VstBridge. With jBridge Komplexer became alive again and so did the stability of all my older SynthEdit plugs. In fact all my troublesome 32bit plugins ran smooth again. One more thing worth mentioning is that Cubase launch is lightning fast now.
Needless to say i'm excited to see my old plugins up and running again, thanks to jBridge.