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Metaplugin

Plug-in Chainer / Rack Plugin by DDMF
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Metaplugin by DDMF is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and an Audio Plugin Host for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
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Metaplugin is a plugin that loads other plugins. As simple as that. Build your own effect networks with this plugin wrapper using any VST/VST3 (and AU, if you're on Mac) effect you already have on your harddisk. To get you started, a Mid-Side matrix, a fourband crossover filter and a routing plugin are included in the package. This means instant cross-track routing, mid-side, multiband compression/distortion/reverb/... you name it. Of course that's only the beginning... let your imagination run free, nothing is impossible, from creating your own layered synth sounds to building whole sound generators from scratch using simple modules.

Another favourite use case for Metaplugin is to load VST plugins in Pro Tools (or to load AudioUnits in Pro Tools if you're on a Mac). Hence, you can use it as a VST to AAX wrapper or an AU to AAX wrapper. While we're at it: you can also use Metaplugin to load VST plugins in Logic/LogicX (VST to AU wrapper), or AU plugins in Cubase (AU to VST wrapper).

Features:

  • Effect version supports up to eight individual channels for, e.g. surround or other multichannel purposes.
  • Instrument version featuring 16 stereo output buses for all conceivable routing purposes using multichannel instruments.
  • Double precision audio processing when supported by DAW and plugin format (not for Audio Units).
  • Additional stereo sidechain input.
  • Convenient plugin organizer: scan your plugins once, then just drag and drop them onto the graph area.
  • Auto-connect option.
  • Internal bridge from 32 to 64-bit or vice versa, with seamless plugin window integration: load 32-bit plugins in ProTools or LogicPro X without the need for a 3rd party bridging solution.
  • New since v4.0: internal bridge to load Intel plugins in native Apple Silicon hosts.
  • Support for native Apple Audio Unit plugins.
  • Dry/wet ratio can be adjusted for each loaded plugin.
  • Individual bypass for each loaded plugin.
  • Full plugin delay compensation included.
  • Automate up to 100 parameters by mapping them on any parameter of a loaded plugin.
  • Parameter learning included.
  • Negligible additional CPU overhead.
  • Synths can also be loaded and played with any MIDI control, which means you can create custom synthesizers with existing building blocks.
  • Oversampling: to avoid antialiasing, oversampling is a necessity. Metaplugin offers up to 16x oversampling option of the whole signal chain in realtime mode, and up to 64x oversampling in offline mode (during rendering).
  • Included: mid-side matrix, multiband splitter and cross track send/receive, A/B switch, 8x2 channel mixer.
  • Define your own colour palette for the plugin: check.
  • Freely resizable plugin window for maximum convenience: check.
  • Can be used as a VST (2 or 3) to AU wrapper, a VST (2 or 3) to AAX wrapper or an AU to AAX wrapper.

Available for Windows (32/64-bit VST/VST3 and AAX) and Mac OS X (32/64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX, 10.7 or higher needed).

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviews
Metaplugin

Reviewed By nicksohn [all]
May 9th, 2015
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

DDMF makes some absolutely excellent plugins.

Yes, Metaplugin is one of those.

It is basically plugin host. i.e., plugin of plugin.

It has very helpful tools for M/S job or Multiband Job.

Metaplugin makes your plugin having Multiband capability and M/S capability.

Resizable window is also great feature.

Only downside is that It is a little bit buggy sometimes. (Especially, when I engage the oversampling option during playback. Otherwise, Crash rarely happen.)

But It helps me a lot to do M/S work or multiband work.

Great workhorse when I treat vocal track, Chorus back vocal track, stereo bus, and even in mastering situation.

Highly recommended.

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Metaplugin

Reviewed By tommyzai [all]
January 22nd, 2014
Version reviewed: 2.4.0 on Mac

Metaplugin by DDMF is an easy to use, yet powerful modular plugin chainer. It's accurately called, "A plugin that loads other plugins." A good workflow is vital for doing eMusic, especially me. I'm a teacher, who uses music in class. My students have the attention span of a housefly — so I need to work fast or I lose them. I can't afford to fumble around trying to locate, link, launch, etc. Metaplugin rescues me! It helps keep my system simple, fast, and powerful.

My workflow is as follows: Launch DAW, load Metaplugin (instrument or effect), drag the plugins I need into an area of the interface, drag cables between them to make the desired connections (audio and midi), adjust wet/dry ratio/level, and create music.

FABULOUS FEATURES

  • Re-sizeable interface.
  • Custom built chains can be saved.
  • Host VST and AU plugin together — in one place.
  • No noticeable CPU hit.
  • Responsive, friendly developers.

THOUGHTS

  • Amazing price considering what it does and how well it does it.
  • Adding VST3 support would be a nice update.

CONCLUSION .

If there is such thing as a man's man, then Metaplugin is a plugin's plugin! Connecting plugins is effortless with Metaplugin, and the possibilities are only limited by the user's own collection and creativity! It is visual, customizable, and lets you focus on creating music instead of being lost in a tangled web of virtual cable madness. I highly recommend Metaplugin to any eMusician, mixer, producer, sound designer, DJ, etc., who uses more than one plugin at a time. Tommy Zai gives Metaplugin several side-chained thumbs up. Thank you, DDMF, for creating such an innovative, time saving plugin.

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sirius_black
sirius_black
13 March 2014 at 8:44pm

Hi to all,.

I'm trying metaplugin in protools in order to load Au plugins that I have in another partition on wich I have Logic Pro 9. Unfortunately When I drag a logic plugin in metalplugin, it doesn't appear. Am i doing something wrong ?

Thanks.

grapite
grapite
15 December 2015 at 6:10am

Still no stand alone, shame, it would be nice to use this live without a DAW.

rrimor
rrimor
25 December 2015 at 12:58pm

You may use any free vsthost or savihost to make it standalone.

PhilMuller
PhilMuller
26 December 2015 at 3:08am

Metaplugin allows you to have multiple MIDIs but does not allow you to choose the input channel of each MIDI or do anything else MIDI ... or am I missing something? If you double click on a MIDI block something comes up seemingly allowing to enter to information but it is locked. Again, am I missing something as there is no reference to MIDI anything in the documentation.

JoshA245
JoshA245
24 February 2021 at 2:16pm

Hi. Is it possible to use a hardware MIDI Controller to control the AU plugins inside Metaplugin? If so us there a video or any documentation on how to set this up? I'm using Logic.

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