VST3 to VST2

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KVRAF
1647 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:58 am

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to convert a VST3 plugin to a VST2 Plugin? My DAW does not support VST3 and There are more and more developers no longer supporting VST2

KVRAF
28780 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:01 am

You can't convert them, but, there are plugins which can host VST3's.

Maybe you'll find something in this thread: viewtopic.php?t=346476

Which DAW are you using?
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRAF

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1647 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:04 am

chk071 wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:01 am
You can't convert them, but, there are plugins which can host VST3's.

Maybe you'll find something in this thread: viewtopic.php?t=346476

Which DAW are you using?
Thanks I'll check it out. I'm using Ableton Live 8 Suite

KVRAF
28780 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:09 am

Here's another one (I think): https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/P ... PatchWork/

Note that you'll always get a bit more CPU load when using a plugin which can host other plugins though, of course. Might be minimal, but, it's there.
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KVRAF
5799 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:10 am

I haven't tried it, but I wonder if you could use Unify to load VST3 and then load it (Unify) as VST2 in your DAW?

From their FAQ
"Can I use Unify to load plug-ins my DAW won't support?
YES. Unify works as a bridge, allowing you to load plug-in types which your DAW itself may not support.
You can use Unify to load VST/VST3 plug-ins in Logic Pro X and GarageBand.
Provided your VST/VST3's are built for Mac
You can't load plug-ins built for Windows into a Mac host, or vice versa."


Or you can use Cakewalk (formerly Sonar) as its free and supports both formats.

KVRAF
28780 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:11 am

Examigan wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:10 am
Or you can use Cakewalk (formerly Sonar) as its free and supports both formats.
I wanted to propose that as well, actually, but, I thought that that might be too much of a stretch (learning a completely new DAW).
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRAF
9837 posts since 2 Sep, 2003 from Surrey, UK

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:25 am

Henry Jimdrix wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:58 am
There are more and more developers no longer supporting VST2
I am curious - which ones?
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KVRAF
6266 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:20 am

DarkStar wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:25 am
Henry Jimdrix wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:58 am
There are more and more developers no longer supporting VST2
I am curious - which ones?
AudioThing, Mellowmuse to name a few. I know there are more but cant remember.
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KVRist
60 posts since 24 Jul, 2006

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:27 am

Plus any new developers that come along, since you can't get a new VST2 license.

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KVRAF
6266 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:29 am

indeed.
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KVRAF
3310 posts since 2 Jul, 2005

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:32 am

You can do this in either direction with Blue cat Patchwork.
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KVRAF
6266 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:42 am

and DDMF bridgewize i believe
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KVRist
137 posts since 8 Mar, 2003 from Cologne

Post Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:23 am

I released a vst3 to vst2 wrapper some years ago for Jeskola Buzz, here is a download link for the wrapper, works also with other vst2 hosts:

https://www.xlutop.com/buzz/zip/vst3shell.zip

KVRAF

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1647 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:27 am

DarkStar wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:25 am
Henry Jimdrix wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:58 am
There are more and more developers no longer supporting VST2
I am curious - which ones?
Trust me there are quite a lot of developers that are only producing VST3 plugins. Maybe due to what has been mentioned about license. As I can't really afford to upgrade my DAW and don't particularly want to as I only use on my older laptop which I do not connect to internet with it's a bit off a bummer.

KVRAF

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1647 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:30 am

polac wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:23 am
I released a vst3 to vst2 wrapper some years ago for Jeskola Buzz, here is a download link for the wrapper, works also with other vst2 hosts:

https://www.xlutop.com/buzz/zip/vst3shell.zip
Not really sure how to use that, are there any instructions on how to use.

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