Free App Lets You Run Windows VST’s In Your Mac DAW

plugwire

If you’ve ever wanted to run Windows VST plugins on Mac OS X, check out Plugwire. Setup is a little complex, but details instructions are provided

Plugwire is a free download.

If you’ve tried Plugwire, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!


32 thoughts on “Free App Lets You Run Windows VST’s In Your Mac DAW

  1. Isn’t it easier to emulate a whole PC or even buy one? It only costs 1/2 of a Mac Mini with double of memory and processing power. Monitor and printer included.

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      • Don’t forget about windows bloat.
        To run that windows VST dll gives you over 10 times the choice in VSTs and there are very neat ones.

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    • Alright, find me a 300$ i5, 4GB Ram, 500GB hard drive, intel HD4000 computer with 64 bit windows(all brand new)+ printer + monitor!

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      • The current Mac Mini costs 629€@Apple Store. Very easy to match, even with an SSD, 24′ Monitor and printer. The PC itself with I5 3330 (3Ghz Quad), 8GB Ram, 120GB SSD, Mikro-ATX MB, Modular-PSU and Case is 425€. Only quality components and no cheap crap. The ideal Hackintosh if you like to and quite expandable with anything you like.

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      • The only one that looked very interesting this year was orchestra one.

        There are surely some good Windows-only VSTs, but I haven’t seen anything that is worth kludging around with.

        Still – kudos to the developer. This will probably be useful to people, especially if they’ve been jealous of the freeware that’s available for Windows.

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      • there are hundreds of vst plugs for PC but very few for Mac ! end of debate KVR falls short with available vst plugs for Mac

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      • “there are several amazing vsts which are pc only. i will not name them.”

        So amazing that it’s hard to remember their names.

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  2. Great news! I often check Music Radar’s updates on new and free VSTs. Needless to say it featured most of the time Windows only products, as there seems to be an increasing interest for Windows from the developers (big and small). So I’m happy I can run some interesting VSTs like Illformed’s Glitch or ToneByte’s Bleep.

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  3. “No good windows plugs”‘ are you people crazy? This will be worth using for the G-sonique plugins alone, and I’m sure there’s plenty of others I can’t remember. Of course we’d all prefer if developers would make proper cross platform versions, but this will be helpful in the meantime until some of these smaller developers can hire an OSX coder.

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    • “I’m sure there’s plenty of others I can’t remember. ”

      Exactly – there are a lot of PC-only VSTs, but not a lot that are very memorable.

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  4. Quick, someone sample the sound of people’s panties getting in a knot! Dubstep is crying out for that! There are a few things I would like to at least demo, such as a few of H. G. Fortune’s cool synths, but so much is cross-platform now, this app doesn’t pass the cost/benefit analysis for me. If you know enough about synth programming, you don’t have to pile things up. Between the easily-tweaked player-libraries of several types and powerhouse plugs like MiniMonsta, you can cover pretty much Everything readily. I can live without this one and I don’t use Bootcamp, either; Windows has cooties. I would not fault anyone who took the plunge if it fired their imagination. I simply wonder why a Mac user would feel the need.

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  5. I switched to mac after spending thousands on daw programs for my windows computers that crashed all the time, i have bought several macs since. windows are throw away operating systems , it costs too much for the os , upgrade your mac os, or buy a whole new windows computer to upgrade… HMMMM… which one costs more in the long run….??

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