WNAMM08: Steinberg Releases VST3 SDK

New generation of the VST audio software interface standard launched      17/01/08
WNAMM08: Steinberg Releases VST3 SDK


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.
Andreas Stelling, Steinberg’s General Manager, told us,“VST3 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 Steinberg’s ongoing commitment to innovation and creativity in audio technology.�
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 being received
  • 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 ‘ramped’ 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 outputs simultaneously
  • 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.
Availability:
Available now for download. More information:
  • www.steinberg.net
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    2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Goldstein    Said...

    Cool, VST3 is welcome!

    20-Jan-08 09:37 AM


    DSP    Said...

    As a developer, I feel I must respond to this news item.

    VST3 actually offers little over VST2.4, and the documentation currently available to developers is poor. We have waited over a year for this, and it has been a kick in the teeth.

    Goldstein who commented here has obviously fallen for the hype presented, VST3 is _not_ welcome by all parties.

    For a measure of how well received it has been by the developers (who are now supposed to wade in with countless rewrites of their catalogue) visit http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=204080

    Overall, Steinberg are promoting a marketing tool, rather than an actual innovation. They are within their rights to do so, and their shareholders will expect them to pursue it for commercial gain. However, it is shortsighted and may ultimately bring their own marginalisation if developers shun it.

    30-Jan-08 05:24 AM


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