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    Senior Member newmewzikboy's Avatar
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    Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Ok, I have got my GPO, EWQLSO Gold and Silver, and Atmosphere alll ready, and now want to play them with Finale.

    EEK! I cant seem to play them all at once on my laptop soundcard! hmmm Seems I need a VSTi host to make it work.

    Ok...you all..Which one do you think is best? What do you use that ACTUALLY works??

    Here is a list I found on another forum:

    Forte
    EnergyXT
    Chainer
    VSTHost
    Spin Audio VMC
    Plogue Bidule
    FL Studio
    RT Player

    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    1) Chainer
    2) Plogue Bidule
    3) Everything Else
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Forte is actually very good as well.

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce A. Richardson
    Forte is actually very good as well.
    Yup. I would say that there are many good picks on that list. I've tried most of them, and Chainer is among the most simple (and robust) and Bidule is among the most flexible (and still in pre-release).
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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    I've been looking for a VSTi host myself...just browsing around. I don't need one that bad but would like to have one.
    Anyway,
    I have GPO and GPO studio does goofy things like sometimes the timing will be off and every now and again (particularly at big tuttis) I get this really, really bad skipping sound. Is this a CPU problem (I have a P4 1.8 ghz)? Or is it the host? GPO studio is powered by Plogue, so I would like something less skippy and timing-offie. If this is a CPU problem, then if I had a faster CPU would GPO studio work properly?

    I would also like a VSTi host that'll handle more than 8 instruments. 12 perhaps? Or 16? I always run out of instances.
    Sorry, don't mean to hijack the thread. I just happened to be looking for a VSTi host myself.

    Thanks,
    -Chris

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    1 more vote for Forte...Rich

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    FLStudio is fantastic. Extremely low CPU/RAM, streamlined GUI. I use it for 100% of my music or sound related tasks, often loading it up with 100 or more VSTs at one time (my record is about 150).
    Zircon Studios - Original music for media, electronica, sound design, and synthesis.

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Been successfully using Forte for some time now - latest version seems to have fixed some sync issues. Using it on 2 PC's to run various VSTi's including EW Symphonic Choirs/Orchestra, Ultrafocus, Minimoog, Trilogy, Atmosphere., all connected digitally to a Protools HD3 Accel rig.

    Can't praise it enough.

    Regards

    Gio

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Good posts so far. Here's a sort of pseudo summary:

    Forte - 3 reference
    Chainer - 2 references
    Plogue Bidule - used in GPO; skipping issues
    FL Studio = Low Latency; allows up to 150 VSTi loads

    Still can't decide...

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    Re: Whats the best VSTi host these days?

    Here's a free one I found. You can load as many VSTi's as you want. You're only limited by your system.

    http://www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm

    There's also some other great useful MIDI stuff there.
    I haven't tried it out yet, but give it a shot. It's FREE!!!

    -Chris

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