New generation of the VST audio software interface standard launched 17/01/08
Steinberg has announced the
release of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for VST3, the latest generation of its VST platform. VST3
offers new capabilities to developers of host applications, audio plug-ins and virtual instruments. The SDK
can be used under free license, and is available for download at the Steinberg website.
Steinbergâ€™s General Manager, told us,â€œVST3 opens up new possibilities for products and technologies in the audio industryThe new capabilities provide a new platform for innovation, with features that will
make a big difference to developers and users alike. The release of VST3 underlines Steinbergâ€™s ongoing commitment
to innovation and creativity in audio technology.â€�
Already implemented in their Cubase and Nuendo product ranges, Steinberg say that VST3 offers a range of new features and
advantages over other standards...
Enhanced CPU efficiency: unique silence detection feature automatically switches off the plug-in if no audio signal is
Multiple Dynamic I/Os: VST3 plug-ins are fully surround-capable, and can be configured to receive from and output
to any I/O configuration, including any surround format
Dynamic Bus Management: VST3 plug-in output busses can be reassigned at any time, streamlining the integration of
plug-ins with the VST mixer
Sample-accurate automation: Parameter changes can now be automated with extreme precision, including supported
for â€˜rampedâ€™ data
Resizable editing windows: The new SDK allows dynamic resizing of windows, allowing improved flexibility in the
use of valuable screen space
VSTXML for Remote Controllers: VSTXML file support allows parameters to be represented on remote controller
surfaces, including changing order, naming and much more
Audio Inputs for VST Instruments: VST3 instruments can be assigned audio input busses, opening up a large range
of exciting new creative possibilities
Multiple MIDI inputs/outputs: VST3 extends the MIDI I/O capability for plug-ins, allowing multiple MIDI inputs and
Optional SKI Integration: Combined with the use of the additional Steinberg Kernel Interface (SKI), VST3 plug-ins
can integrate directly into Steinberg host software at application level, enabling VST3 plug-ins to create tracks,
perform copy/cut/paste tasks and many other operations
New Developer Tools: Designed to enhance the process of engineering VST3 products, VST3 offers a clearly
structured, object-oriented C++ interface, an automated testing environment, an advanced preset system, a model test
host application, sample source code and much more.
Available now for download.