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 MiniHost by Tobybear is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins.
Product MiniHost
Developer Tobybear
Price (MSRP) No Longer Available
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.6.4  - Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone

(Screenshot shows MiniHost with rgc:audio's sfz loaded)


  • Supports ASIO audio drivers (you can optionally install the free ASIO4ALL driver for DirectX and older Multimedia driver support).
  • Loads VST instruments and effects.
  • Loads and saves presets (fxp) and banks (fxb) in both parameter and chunk format.
  • WAV files can be loaded and played from the host to test VST effects.
  • Audio output can be recorded as WAV (32 bit float and 16 bit integer).
  • MIDI files can be loaded and played, the MIDI data is sent to the plugin.
  • MIDI input from any Windows MIDI port is possible.
  • The computer keyboard can also be used as a rudimentary MIDI input device.
  • Virtual MIDI keyboard for 'mouse playing'.

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Discussion: Active


11 August 2013 at 2:42pmellin

Hi all! Minihost work with Windows 7?..

Thanks for the answer.

11 August 2013 at 6:49pmmark1-kvr

Yes it does ;).

12 August 2013 at 7:16amellin


25 August 2013 at 2:15pmBlackWinny

The KVR field "Price" should be not only "Free" but "Free (donationware)". There is a nag screen at each start.

4 December 2014 at 5:39amwoodensoul

Not available at developer webpage.

7 July 2015 at 9:13pmSibelius19

This tool has been an indispensable piece of my workflow. It can do so much. Combine this with Minihost Modular from IL and you have quite the workhorse. You can control many aspects including performance (arpeggio, chording, etc), audio recording out (WAV), as well as save presets from the VST you load, or save the entire host preset, One thing that you may not know is that you can overdub endlessly with this tool because it records PC sound. So you can load and play a previously recorded session and play other sounds over top doing a new WAV record/export. This is especially useful for sound effects and drones/soundscapes. The possibilities are endless. Sure, you can do this with a regular DAW, but it doesn't always record MIDI events and the unexpected sounds. Because this records every sound that is made, there is more flexibility and the possibilities open up more. Also, I find seeing the WAV form in a DAW when creating sounds actually stifles my creativity. The only drawback of this tool is that it can only load 32-bit VST.

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