Chainer is simple perfection. It's satbility, ease, and efficiency has simply convinced me that VSTis are a reliable, professional part of my aresenal. I was not convinced of this before.
I have a dedicated softsynth computer that I treat essentially as a multi-synth "tone module," midi'd up to my main DAW. I tried numerous hosts with varying degrees of success and stability. Most of them were way over-featured for my needs and were not CPU efficient. Chainer is just ideal for me. Rock solid, transparent, and I seem to get:
a) significantly more instances of synths and effects out of my CPU than with my last main host.
b) less crackling, clicking, and crashing than I've experienced with other hosts.
It's odd that a non-sound-making application would be the most inspiring purchase I've made in some time, but it is absolutely the case. I feel like I'm breathing freely and moving confidently in the VSYi world for the first time.
PS, I commend the developer on his enlightened demo. The only lacking functionality is loading saved presets, but you can save them anyway, and the demo will open with your last configuration, so you can actually get to work on the demo and not sacrifice any moments of inspiration. Because of this, I was very quick to purchase Chainer after only one evening with the Demo. So "lightly restricted" demos can pay off in good customer relations. Good job.
I know this is really old school, but Chainer is still my 'goto" vsti host. It's simple, and it works, but only for VST 2 plugins. Does anyone know if it will work in Windows 10? I'm about to get a new computer, and really would like to know. Plus, if there's another Chainer-like vsti host that looks similar, and absolutely does work in Windows 10 please let me know :)