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 MenuMagic by Agitated State is an Audio Plugin Host for Windows. It can host VST Plugins, VST 3 Plugins and DirectX Plugins.
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Product MenuMagic
Developer Agitated State
Price (MSRP) $49.95
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released  Downloads Released
System Requirements
XP or greater
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number
Important Note
NOTE: It is a plug-in organizer rather than a host.

MenuMagic is designed to support Cakewalk's DAWs such as Sonar or Project 5 and allow you to control how your VST, VST3 and DX plug-ins will appear within Cakewalk's Instrument and Effects menus.

There are 2 versions of MenuMagic:

V2 (currently in late beta)
(pre-release sale on Beta! Check here for details!):

  • Supports Sonar X3, X2, etc down to Sonar 6.


  • Supports Sonar X2, etc down to Sonar 3 (untested on earlier versions).
  • Supports Project5 as well as any older Cakewalk DAW that is capable of using the later versions of Cakewalk's VST Adapter. A list of supported DAWs is shown below.

MenuMagic's currently implemented features:

  • MenuMagic 32-bit/64-bit support of Cakewalk DAWs installed on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Features specific to V2:

  • VST3 support - for Sonar 2015 & Sonar X3.
  • Multi-language support - supports ansi-wide character language formats such as Japanese, Russian, Chinese, etc. Customize your menus and plug-in names to your native language.
  • PIL (Plug-in Limit) Manager
    Helps you manage your plug-ins for versions of Sonar X2 and earlier when your count exceeds Sonar's max count limit.
  • Plug-in Filter - show/hide plugins based on type (32-bit, 64-bit, VST3, VST3i, VST, VSTi, DX, DXi) in multiple areas of MenuMagic.
  • More skins (20 at time this posting).
  • and many other optimizations, tweaks & specializations.

Features specific to V1:

  • Includes support for older Sonar versions (3 thru 5).
  • Supports Project 5.
  • Automatic plug-in setting synchronization between your different Cakewalk DAWs.
    If you have Sync Layer option switched on (the default setting) any changes made are automatically applied to all Plug-in System Layers (VST Adapter, Project5v2.5, Sonar6 or higher).
    I.E. if you organize your Sonar plug-ins, your Project5 plug-ins settings will match. This includes categorization (what menus plug-ins appear in) and name fixes (fix once/fixed everywhere.).

Features support by MenuMagic V1 & V2:

  • Recognizes and automatically pre-Categorizes over 1000 different plug-ins when program is run for the first time or when a new plug-in is discovered.
  • Allows you to quickly and easily customize the arrangement of your VST, VST3 (MenuMagic V2 only) & DX plug-ins into Categories that will act as sub-menus within Sonar, Project5 and other Cakewalk DAWs.
  • Categories are completed customizable - easily Add, Delete or Rename Categories and/or modify their tooltip descriptions.
  • Instantly find new plug-ins that have been added to your system with the 'New' filter or by using the 'UnCategorized' filter see just those plug-ins that are not yet assigned to a Plug-in menu.
  • For Sonar - you can assign the Plug-in Menu Layout being saved as the default layout for various system menus (e.g. SynthRackSynths, TrackAudioEffects, TrackSynths, etc.).
  • Thorough use of tooltips (mouse over hints) though out MenuMagic make the program easy to learn and understand.
  • Sophisticated plug-in name managements tools such as:
    • Cascading find and replace options that can operate globally or on selected plug-in names.
    • Prefix or suffix plug-in names based on type (i.e. VST3, VST3i, VST, VSTi, DX, DXi). * (VST3 supported by MenuMagic V2 only).
  • Hide plug-ins from appearing within your DAW or unHide them - quick, easy & NON-PERMANENT.
  • Menu Preview option lets you see how your settings will appear within Cakewalk menus before you implement your changes.
  • Your MenuMagic settings are preserved and protected from VST Adapter changes - re-implement your settings with one click.
  • VST Scanner monitor - warns you when the VST Scanner has been run and changed system settings that will effect your plug-ins.
  • Plug-in Status tab notifies you of plug-in modifications, system changes, warns you of stale backups, un-applied changes and more.
  • Fully searchable Plug-in Info Grid shows you details on all your VST / DX plug-ins and identifies duplicates. Multi-column bi-directional sorts let you see your data in whatever manner you desire. Grid has a full screen mode option as well.
  • Customize the appearance of MenuMagic to your taste with selectable skins plus tweakable hue and saturation settings.
  • Cakewalk VST registry backup/restore tools.
  • Global Plug-in undo - oops proof - one button resets all of your plug-ins settings back to how they were before using MenuMagic. This feature also works great if you have to switch between Cakewalk & non-Cakewalk DAWs - and re-implementing your previous MenuMagic settings is a one click operation.
  • Global Program reset - reset all of MenuMagic settings back to their initial out-of-the-box defaults.
  • Found a bug or got a program suggestion? Bug Report button allows you to easily submit your problem or request directly to Agitated State to be reviewed by our programmers.
  • MenuMagic has been tested with the following Cakewalk DAWs:
    • Sonar 2015 (Platinum, Professional, Artist) (MMagic v2 only).
    • SONAR X3 All Editions (MMagic v2 only).
    • SONAR X2 All Editions.
    • SONAR X1 All Editions.
    • SONAR 8 All Editions.
    • SONAR 7 All Editions.
    • SONAR 6 All Editions.
    • SONAR 5 All Editions.
    • SONAR 4 All Editions.
    • SONAR 3 All Editions.
    • Project5 Version v2 & v2.5.
  • It should also work on
    • Guitar Tracks Pro 3.
    • Home Studio 2.
    • Home Studio 2 XL.
    • Music Creator 2.
    • Kinetic.
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