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 SAVIHost by Hermann Seib is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
SAVIHost
Product SAVIHost
Developer Hermann Seib
Price (MSRP)
Free (Donate if you want to)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Instruments
  
Can Host
Effects
  
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.42
 
Downloads Released
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone

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SAVIHost is a derivative version of VSTHost that can be used to make any VST Effect or VSTi run like a standalone application.

This offers two major advantages:

  1. Effect or VSTi can be used (tested, checked or tried) easily and directly without the need or search for another host.
  2. Effect or VSTi can be distributed to be tested in a temporary directory without the need of the presence of another host or to search for a dedicated VSTPlugIns-subdirectory. The VSTi-dll can still be used within other hosts like Cubase, Sonar etc. when copied to that host's VSTPlugins-subdirectory.

For use just rename SAVIHost.exe to the corresponding VSTi.dll e.g. if there is abc123.dll rename SAVIHost.exe to abc123.exe and this will run the VSTi.

Separate versions for VST 2, VST Module Architecture, and VST3 are available in 32- and 64-bit versions.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Numanoid
September 4, 2012

It's crazy that SAVI host hasn't got a review yet.

This is one of the best free tools around, like a Swiss Army knife, it's perfect to quickly check out a VST instrument without the need for a DAW, or to use a VST instrument without a DAW.

Here's basically what one needs to do:

1: Download SAVI host
2: Unzip/Unrar downloaded file
3: Place unpacked "SAVI.exe" file in same folder as "X-VST.dll"
4: Rename "SAVI.exe" to exactly the same name as "X-VST.dll", in other words = "X-VST.exe"
5: Double click renamed "X-VST.exe" to start instrument

The programme got lots of features, like recording of perfomances that can be saved as wav files.

MIDI is supported, and have worked well with my interfaces. The latest version of the host allows up to 3 MIDI controllers to be connected at once, so you can for instance use your big 76 key MIDI controller for playing, and add to that a little AKAI mini for knob twiddling (via right-click MIDI learn). Both will work at the same time.

But there is even no need for a MIDI keyboard, in SAVI host one can use the regular computer keyboard as a two octave piano keyboard. This is a programme that just keeps on giving!

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Discussion

Discussion: Active
bftucker
bftucker
4 September 2012 at 2:39pm

I agree completely and use the 32 and 64 bit versions all the time. Guilty of ingratitude, this gives me an opportunity to say, "Thank you, Hermann Seib!"

coincidental
coincidental
4 September 2012 at 8:43pm

Absolutely - this thing is invaluable and I use it all the time. Three cheers for Hermann Seib!'

ElementsPlugins
ElementsPlugins
7 September 2012 at 4:29pm

For people making / debugging plugins this can be very useful for quick trying-out. Especially when combined with command-line shortcuts!

jikoO
jikoO
7 September 2012 at 10:36pm

This is an excellent tool ! Thanks a lot Mr Seib !

dug01
dug01
9 April 2013 at 1:16pm

I have Savihost running GSI's VB3 organ on my windows XP notebook. I am using a MIDI keyboard and a Korg Nanokontrol as controllers, each plugged into their own usb ports on the notebook. Savihost will only let me use one MIDI controller... is there a way around this??

arakula
arakula
1 May 2013 at 10:37am

Use a recent version, which allows up to 3 MIDI inputs.

dug01
dug01
1 May 2013 at 4:54pm

Thanks, I found VSTI Host V1.41. Allows 3 inputs and works perfect..

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
25 August 2013 at 2:16pm

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

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
28 September 2013 at 5:12pm

Pour les francophones, j'ai fait un tutoriel en français ici (for frenchies, I have made a french tutorial here) :

SAVIHost, pour vos VST qui n'ont pas de version exécutable "standalone"
Zanderc23
Zanderc23
27 January 2018 at 10:44pm

Hey I'm trying to rename savihost to open a Synth program called TX16Wx and the files called TX16Wx AU 2.4.2g so if anyone could let me know what I should rename the savihost file as in order to open the program it'd be much appreciated ! Thanks.

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SAVIHost

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

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