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Plug-in Chainer / Rack Plugin by Kushview
Element Patch Bay Element Graph Editor Element Embedded as AU Plugin
Element by Kushview is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and an Audio Plugin Host and a Standalone Application for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin, a LADSPA Plugin and a Standalone Application. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins, VST 3 Plugins, LADSPA Plugins and LV2 Plugins.
System Requirements
Windows XP or Higher
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.8 or higher
System Requirements
Mostly tested on Ubuntu, but should run on any modern distro.
Can Host
Can Host
Development Tool
Copy Protection
Open Source
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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.

Current Features:

  • Play virtual instruments and effects live.
  • Chain Multiple Effects Plugins together.
  • Create nested sub-graphs.
  • Run in your DAW as an AU/VST/VST3/AAX Plugin
    • Function as Plugin Wrapper.
    • Run VST and AU plugins in Pro Tools.
  • External Sync w/ MIDI Clock.
  • Graph Importing and Exporting.
  • MIDI Mapping.
  • Flexible connectivity via Patch Bay and Graph Editor.
  • Internal DSP building blocks.
  • Loads all major plugin formats AU / VST / VST3.
  • Placeholder Nodes. When Plugins are missing, this passes the audio through.
  • Built in Virtual Keyboard.
  • Route plugins to each other any way you want by enabling points on the grid.
  • Draw cables between nodes to make connections.
  • More....


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.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.75 from 4 reviews

Reviewed By Atalantia
July 27, 2020

Great slim piece of software. I use it on a macOS 10.13 with soundflower to have a global equalizer/effect chainer. It saves presets and all in all it's very handy software.

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Reviewed By severak
April 18, 2020

When I started musing around VST plugins I looked for host which would suit my needs. I needed something free that would be usable for live playing or improvisations (as I can't read notes). Fortunately it was time when the Element was just open sourced and it definitely became my home DAW. It's very fast (even on slow machines), has intuitive interface and it's developer is very responsive on Github.

However - it's not built for conventional scenarios. It lacks timeline and all the recording (and sound editing) functions. I actually ended implementing my own four-track recorder VST, but this actually fits my workflow.

So if you are looking for conventional DAW for recording, this is not for you. But if you are looking for something fast for synth improvisations, sounds effect rack or for some modular environment this is your tool.

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Reviewed By YoddYarmonics
October 28, 2019

Lets put it this way, .

this is ''built-in LFOs/envelopes/sequencers" away from being the best modular platform out there.

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Reviewed By Calum
November 22, 2017

In beta but showing lots of promise. I have given a 10 rating because even at this stage it is stable on my aging Mac system and already fulfills my main requirement to load audio units in a VST only host.

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Comments & Discussion for Kushview Element

Discussion: Active


28 November 2017 at 6:51pm

Has Potential. At the moment It does not recognize several plugins. There is also no way to load banks or preset .just the default bnks are available. No running engine so that Instruments that depend on that do not workd-like Rps or Blue arp or PM2. lso crashes from time to time. Still I like it and think it will provide a good daw in the future.

9 January 2018 at 5:18pm

You should try the most recent version which is much better than what you describe above.


2 November 2019 at 1:22am

Yesterday the hold function of the MIDI keyboard worked like it should, today its just not holding the note.

this is one very important functionality of this software for me.

How does one go about fixing that?

5 November 2019 at 5:02am

Weird it'd just stop working. Bugs can be reported @ https://github.com/kushview/element/issues if I don't get to it first.

26 July 2020 at 3:00am

Great slim piece of software. I use it on a macOS 10.13 with soundflower to have a global equalizer/effect chainer. It saves presets and all in all it's very handy software.

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