|Type / Tags||Format Adapter|
DirectiXer (pronounced direct-eye-zer) is a VST adapter for DirectX host applications. The program wraps VST plugins so that they can be used in DirectX host applications, such as Cakewalk SONAR, Sonic Foundry Vegas, Syntrillium CoolEdit and many others.
DirectiXer fully supports VST 2.0 instruments, exposing them as DXi instruments, and parameter automation recording and playback (host support is required).
The program offers flexible per-plugin option settings and routing capabilities. Supported are both float and fixed point audio formats.
- DXi2 support with multiple instrument outputs.
- MIDI NRPN automation of synthesisers.
- Song tempo and meter information support.
- Windows Explorer integration.
- DirectiXer also supports internal plugin presets and VST bank (FXB) and program (FXP) files.
Reviewed By dburgan
February 8, 2004
Well, see my review of Cakewalk's adapter to get the answer. Put simply, Directixer makes it possible for me to manage my huge collection of VST and VSTi plugins, whereas Cakewalk's does not.
Directixer has some very cool features, and is a good looking, highly usable application. It seems totally stable and is able to encapsulate just about any VST I've ever thrown at it. It also has the singular ability to be able to capture the MIDI output of a VSTi plugin and route it back into SONAR. Try that with Cakewalk's adapter!
It does have a few limitations, which I hope will be addressed soon:
- No ability to randomize VST parameters (a feature I sorely miss)
- Relies on the VST plugin id to uniquely identify a plugin. Unfortunately, some VST developers don't properly set their VST plugin id, and so duplicate plugin ids are not all that uncommon. Other adapters allow you to load and use those plugins, but Directixer balks. In fairness, the bug lies with the VST developers who didn't set the plugin id, but it sure would be nice if Directixer would insulate me from it.
All in all, this is a great product at a great price. Cakewalk's adapter is still lagging behind this one. Worth a look.Read more
Reviewed By bandasound
February 4, 2004
Reviewed By Rabid
December 9, 2003
Ease of use.
Quick support of new features and new VSTi’s.
PS: The review system forces you to select a value for sound and presets. I set them to 9 becaue that is close to the average rating for the rest of the areas.Read more
Reviewed By PaintedBlue
October 8, 2003
Although Cakewalk now includes their "VST Adapter" VST-DXi wrapper software with both SONAR 3 and Project5, on a per-plug-in basis, it does not always work as well as DirectiXer. With that said, it is great to own both wrappers to have the other to fall back on when issues arise.
User Interface: Very clean and intuitive; much easier to use than Cakewalk's wrapper.
Features: Offers very detailed control over how VST effects and instruments should be wrapped, and it includes a MIDI Loopback device driver for routing MIDI output by a VSTi back to the host (very useful for plug-ins like Steinberg's Groove Agent). Includes plug-in delay compensation for VSTi (even works with SIR convolution reverb), has settings for forcing a VST effect to behave as a VSTi (for pitch correction and vocoder plug-ins), allows for alternate VST window sizing methods, and has variable rendering settings per plug-in. One downside that I noticed is some VSTi that sync their tempo to the host do not work correctly, unlike with the Cakewalk counterpart.
Documentation: Very good. Includes description of the technical differences between VSTi and DXi.
Customer Support: Excellent. Tonewise even offers a listserv and beta tester program that openly accepts reports on badly-behaving VSTi to improve DirectiXer for later versions. Kirill, the lead developer, went out of his way to support PDC and Groove Agent.
Value For Money: Excellent; I prefer it to the Cakewalk VST Adapter for 95% of my VSTi.
Stability: Very solid. Some wrapped VST plug-ins will crash with it, which I would presume is the fault of the plug-in developer and not a problem with DirectiXer itself in most cases.
Overall, I would recommend this product to Cakewalk users who seek better flexibility, control and organization with respect to their VST plug-ins.Read more