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Element is a modular AU/VST/VST3 audio plugin host for live performance and the studio. Chain plugins together into effects racks and instruments.
As an Instrument: Play virtual instruments by loading synth plugins. Use multiple graphs to switch programs instantly.
As an Effects Rack: Chain effect plugins in parallel or series. Route audio from anywhere to anywhere.
Runs in your DAW: Element is a standalone plugin host, but can also run as a plugin in your DAW. Open a new pipeline between you and your tools.
Want to report a bug or request a feature? See the Element issue tracker on Github.
Because Element runs on both Mac and PC, and all major plugin formats AU/VST/VST3.
Doesn't work on my Asus VivoBook, windows 11.
All seems to be well set, but signal doesn't enter into the first plugin, no matter which plugin is.
Once this issue fixed, this VST host will be great.Read Review
it is still in beta, and as such, has many bugs:
- VST3 plugins do not receive pitch bend
- VST plugins with a data entry popup get frozen (window hidden under source window)
- no popup to find a VST plugin if it is missing on the system when sharing presets
- point above happens if you share presets with a freind and he has a VST installed in different location. Element just stores a list of absolute paths instead of plugin IDs
in the end I decided it is basically not usable until these bugs are fixed.
This dev wasted my time. "Free as in free to create, not free as in free beer", you discover right as you're ready to download. I don't appreciate being insulted, and I don't appreciate lowlives' attempts to deceive me. KVR need to move this to the paid plugins section; this doesn't belong in the "free" section. "Free but not free as in free beer, just 'free to create'", I smell man-buns and confusion about which public restroom to use re the designers of this.
Element is exactly what I've been looking for. A host that I can use to combine and play plug-ins (VST, VST3 or AU) and optionally live sound, for playing live and experimenting without the overhead of a full-blown DAW.
I've used Audiobus on iOS and was using Minihost Modular from Image Line on macOS. Minihost Modular is 64-bit, but is getting long in the tooth; a number of plug-ins no longer load or work properly for me, and it seems to have been abandoned (last updated 2014).
Element looks like a great replacement for me. It has a number of nice features, including over 25 plug-ins that come within the package. Like Audiobus and Minihost Modular, it lets me wire together plug-ins and save sessions that preserve plug-in settings, preset choices, etc. for the next time I open them; almost like building custom instruments for live play.
I'm still learning to use the application, and there are some workflow and interface challenges, but so far I have been able to use it for live playing and have mapped a MIDI controller to the Element-supplied Wet/Dry control for dynamic control of effects.
I'm quite happy with it so far and will be investing more time in using it and providing feedback to the developers. I'm giving this a 4 star for now, as I haven't explored all features (or using it as a plug-in in a DAW), I've run into a few minor glitches and the workflow and user interface are a bit awkward at times. Also, the current 0.46.3 release (including the latest tag on GitHub) dates back to July 2021. There is some recent activity in GitHub, so I hope there will be a new release soon.Read Review
great potential, yet it miss important features when it comes to workflow.
it is super stable and support VST 2 and VST 3 and great preformance.
I bought it twice already but I don't use it a lot because it miss lots of important features that kill my workflow..
It doesn't have Parameters learning mode, (not even last touched parameter), so it is kinda hard to find the right parameters that you want to automate in your DAW. - Not to mention that it allows only 8 parameters to be controlled.
the GUI isn't so good when it comes to organization.
when using the search to find plugins it doesn't hide all the unrelated folders, so you need to scroll down a lot...
the preset system also need a better GUI per plugin and per group of plugins, to make more fast chains..
it is still far from being good for my workflow, but I still recommend this if you need a stable chainer.
the updates are not as fast as I expected. so I'm afraid it will take a lot of time till all those features will be fixed.Read Review