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Tips for working with VST Plugins

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Howdy SEA Fans welcome to another TipTuesday blog post.

Last week we have introduced some ear training apps, both Android and iOS versions which our fellow sound engineers and musicians found useful.

As you all know, every we are discussing varied topics in our blog post series being published every tuesday and we feel contented to know that it is helping many to understand various topics related to the subject.

Today we are inviting your attention to VST Plugins.

For those who are in the field of Sound Engineering / Music Industry must be aware of VST Plugins and those who don’t know about the technology, find below a simple explanation about the same, courtesy Wikipedia

Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is an audio plug-in software interface that integrates software synthesizer and effects in digital audio workstations. VST and similar technologies use digital signal processing to simulate traditional recording studio hardware in software.

Now you know what is VST and let’s talk about it ,

Since the introduction of VST plugins by Steinberg in 1999, they have become an indispensable part of everyday producer life.

A whole industry has developed around it and almost every day new providers stream into the market and making an appropriate selection based on your needs cannot be done quickly.

What do I want to achieve with the plugin?

Which plugins do I need anyway?

Which of which manufacturer should I take?

Will the plugin really take me further?

Which VST plugins make sense for techno?

These are just some of the questions you can ask before you buy.

VST Plugins
In general, VST plug-ins are virtual instruments, effects, and studio tools offered by third-party manufacturers across Digital Audio Workstations.

That means that you can use them both in Ableton, as well as in Logic etc.

Only Avid products like Pro Tools need AAX plug-ins.

Almost all manufacturers also supply this format directly.

Here are the 2 tips which you can use,

1. Do regularly sort out unused VST plugins
DAWs sort your plugins mostly by manufacturer and type (EQ, compressor, sound generator etc). Thus, they are usually quickly findable.

However, a lot of plugins can accumulate over time. It is a fact that you no longer need Trials, Old versions etc. block your workflow, as you have to search your for a longer time to find your favorite one.

To get around this, do regularly sort out unused VST plugins. Your Vst plugins will be placed in the audio folder of your library. It’s best to create a subfolder there and move all plug-ins over there that you no longer need.

So they are hidden from your DAW, but are not yet lost and can be reactivated at any time.

2. Create effect racks
Often you need similar effect chains for similar situations. Especially when mixing. For example, for the kick you always needed an EQ with low-cut, compressor and an EQ for total compensation. So you do not have to pick this one out every time, for that you can create Effect Racks. In it you can save several plugins and their settings in a comfortable manner.

At Ableton, you’ll find the “Audio Effect Rack” first in audio effects.
Your finished racks can be saved directly in the user library. For many tracks, this definitely speeds up the workflow enormously.

But even more important is how effectively you use the plugin is vital rather than the which plugin you use.

Provided below are the 2 links where you can find some of the free Virtual Studio Technology Plugins which you can leverage to build your perfect sound, shape it with audio effects, and mix it all together to your taste

The 60 Best Free VST Plugins Ever Made – https://blog.landr.com/best-free-vst-plugins-2016/
Plugins – Free (VST, AU)https://splice.com/plugins/free_plugins

I hope this blog post helped you in introducing yourself to the world of VST Plugins

Do you know a few tricks on Vst plugins? Then please let us know in the comments!

Happy Sound Engineering.

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