VCV Host can now load VST 3 plugins

Use any instrument or effect VST 2/3 plugin in VCV Rack and modulate parameters with CV. $30. Free update for previous VCV Host owners.


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That’s amazing news! I will have a play around with this :slight_smile:


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Yes! Just tested it and managed to get instances of Reason Rack working in HOST, HOST-XL and HOST-FX simultaneously!

This opens up a lot of fun possibilities bringing the pseudo-randomness both environments have to offer each other.

Lovely stuff

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Thank you Andrew and your team for this amazing update!
Are these options (“Force high-DPI scaling” and channel assignment) also new? I never noticed them…


The VST3 support is a nice addition because new plugin developers (since end of 2018) can’t distribute VST2 plugins anymore because of the changes in Steinberg’s licensing policy.

By the way, it would be nice to see in the plugin name search results a distinction between VST2 and VST3 plugins.

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This means Surge and Odin and Reason Rack in VCV Rack! My music machine has just become unstoppable.

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Yes, those are new features in this release, and there are two other new features as well:

  • Support for Channel Pressure.
  • Where a VST2 plugin has more than 2 output channels but defaults to 2-output stereo, we now set a speaker arrangement that uses all the outputs. GRM Shuffling is an example.

Here’s a bit more about what that Channels menu does:

  • Displays all the VST input/output buses and channels, and the panel ports they are mapped to.
  • Lets you control the routing of input ports to VST input channels.
  • Lets you control the routing of VST output channels to output ports.
  • Lets you use VST input/output channels beyond the port count (2 in Host or 8 in Host-XL).
  • Lets you hear more VST output channels than the port count, by mixing multiple VST output channels into one port.

Very nice! Thank you!

Do you think it would be considerable to add MIDI support to directly map any number of controls of a VST directly to a MIDI controller, or, even better, to make the controls directly visible to MIDI-MAP and MIDI-CAT?

I’m being greedy again :smiley: no worries if not, I guess I might need more MIDI controllers first :slight_smile:

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Yay, it’s out!

Richie did a fantastic job to specifically accommodate Reason 11’s weird UI and behavior - you will find it a perfectly seamless experience, unlike the various hacks I posted (and will now be able to remove) in my thread about Reason integration.


It’s only a perfectly seamless experience (I really hope that’s true!) because of lots of testing and feedback from Aria and others - big thanks to everyone who helped with testing!


Isn’t this pretty much the same as wiring them to MIDI-CV…? Am I missing something?


Basicly yes, but if I want to control the whole synth I need more controls :slight_smile:

It’s not an important feature, but might be nice sometimes.

Maybe an expander module could happen that adds more audio I/O and CV slots…? (Or maybe just a new Host XXXL module that has an insane amount of those built-in… :wink: )

nah… that would probably stop the fun before it begins… :slight_smile: if it’s easy to do it I think it could be a nice addition to make the controls visible to MIDI-CAT, but if either the coding or the mapping is difficult it’s probably not worth it, because likely not many people would use it.

I made a synth in Reaktor once that I can completely control from a BCR2000 without touching the mouse, so this might be nice to have in Rack for me, but if it means connecting 76 cables from 5 MIDI-CC modules after choosing each control from a dropdown menu I’d just get a stiff neck and a headache :smiley: