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VST Support!

FXPansion's VST to RTAS adapter is buggy, it crashes my system every time. Pro Tools should have it's own VST capability so us Pro Tools users can have a much wider pallet of instruments using only one DAW. That one DAW should be Pro Tools and nothing else. Does this make any sense to you guys?

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Submitted by petemarriott 4 years ago

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  1. jr Merged

    VST is standard. It should be also standard like RTAS in PT

    4 years ago
  2. yes is standard but could lead to some nasty bugs and crashes

    4 years ago
  3. petemarriott Idea Submitter

    I never have issues with my VSTs, ever! The only people I know of that have such problems are the ones who use pirated software or they use the same computer they music with to get on the internet which is a bad move. I want more access to more instruments and I shouldn't have to use two DAWs to achieve the sound I want. Pro Tools should be my only DAW, nothing else.

    4 years ago
  4. The wrapper has always worked for me too, minus very minor issues like certain plug-ins not displaying controller data sometimes to my 003 LCD.

    Not sure what the big deal is. Don't use sketchy vsts from bad coders or modified code and it always works.

    4 years ago
  5. petemarriott Idea Submitter

    So you're saying developers like Image-line who make quality products like FL Studio and Cakewalk who makes Dimension Pro, Rapture and Sonitus Effects (which are my absolute favorite effects) create sketchy VSTs? Really? Are you kidding me?....(*Takes deep breath*)

    Listen up here guy, I don't buy sketchy products. The bottom line is I paid good money for my Pro Tools system and if I'm going to invest more money into it I should have the creative choice to use my VSTs with my Pro Tools without having to buy a 3rd party application that doesn't even work with it's own sister applications like BFD2 which I've done just to see if it was a Pro Tools Issue or FXPansion's fault.

    In the very first place I should not have to buy FXPansion's sketchy adapter VST is standard and Pro Tools should have it being they are the standard DAW in recording studios worldwide. As a hardworking professional music producer and as a paying customer I should not have to use two DAWs to create my music, it wastes time and valuable screen space between my 3 monitor setup going back and forth between applications.

    Pro Tool is great but it could be the greatest.

    4 years ago
  6. Make RTAS/AudioSuite an open standard like VST and watch it grow.

    4 years ago
  7. Ah yes... adding VST and AudioUnit support would be a dream.

    The best money I've spent recently was on KORE 2 by Native Instruments -- now I can use any VST or Audio Unit (Mac only, of course) plugin within Pro Tools. Not only that, but I can route audio internally into and out of PT LE through KORE to use even more plugins. The day I used both Space Designer in Logic and Prosoniq's morph in a PT LE session I nearly cried.

    Actually, I think I did cry.

    4 years ago
    1. VST wouldn't work in Pro tools. Mainly because it can't handle the automation needed by the controllers, and other things mentioned by Dave trambley on the duc.

      2 years ago
  8. Yes...VST and AU support.

    Even with the VST adapter, FXpansion's Geist, which has a great pattern sequencer, cannot send midi out to other instrument hosted in PT...(it can in Cubase). This kind of limitation is a bad thing for us composer/producer types.

    And I'd be curious to know if Geist hosted in Kore could send midi out to a PT plug, like Hybrid or xPand...I'll bet not...

    3 years ago
  9. To avoid any crash from unstable/non-properly coded VST, just host them on a separate 64 bits process, that way, if it crashes, only the plugin will crashes, not the session.

    3 years ago
  10. I don't see how anybody can be against the idea. If it's implemented, nobody HAS to use it. Most of the VSTs I own have RTAS equivalents (Guitar Rig, SampleTank, and EZdrummer, specifically) but I'd love to use the couple that don't with PT...Cakewalk discontinued RTAS support for Dimension Pro, so I haven't upgraded to 1.5, for instance.

    3 years ago
  11. A MUST!!

    3 years ago
  12. Its simple. Most daw can use vst.

    And it's less CPU hungry then rtas.

    And it most vst are aklready supporting 64bit if and when pt becomes 64bit

    3 years ago
    1. Most if not all other daws do not have any dsp systems and hardware with the level of automation that Avid's system have that would be incompatible with VST. SO there for, no it's not just simple.

      2 years ago
  13. Part of what makes a DAW unstable is 3rd party additions.. the plugin structure. AU support (Mac only) wouldn't be as bad as VST support (since the AU spec is very strict), but it just opens a can of worms. If allowing VST/AU (but not actually using any) doesn't compromise ProTools' stability in any way, then I suppose I can't be against it. But if just the act of allowing them makes ProTools less stable, then it's not worth it at all. There are too many RTAS choices out there to make me pine for those few plugins that aren't. And the wrappers I have used (UAD for example) have worked perfectly fine anyway.

    3 years ago
    1. Your making the assumption that Pro Tools is stable for most people. I still question the automation argument. It just seems like Avid are "cutting off their nose to spite their face". Not all VST are unstable. Some of the free ones and the cheaper ones maybe but the higher end plugins are decent. I have to bring to mind UAD once again. Great plugins. For the most part, stable.

      5 days ago
  14. All I see FXPansion to be is another way to make more money off of musicians and producers. We shouldn't have to pay $100 for a feature comes with every other DAW. VST support!

    3 years ago
    1. This feature doesn't come with Logic either - logic runs AU plugins. "3rd party plugin support" is the "feature" and that comes with PT.

      2 years ago
  15. This is not digidesign's fault. It's the plugin developer. Anyone with a well made, stable, bug-free plugin can get a RTAS developer toolkit for RTAS support.

    2 years ago
  16. From a tech support, pro point of view, adding VST support would be a nightmare. Another format to trouble shoot, a whole wave of free/shareware plugins that SHOULD work but don't....you get the idea.

    RTAS (and I guess, soon to be AAX) format is the native PT plugin format. If they can add VST support, they can make RTAS/AAX more efficient. Most stuff is available in RTAS format anyway, I just don't see why incorporating a 3rd party, uncontrolled option into a professional level software is going to help anyone!

    2 years ago
    1. "Most stuff is available in RTAS format anyway"

      Well that won't help much when RTAS goes the way of the dinosaur with PT11. I find myself, after spending much $$$ on RTAS plugins, whether or not to ditch PT altogether. Can you tell how much I love Avid.

      2 years ago
    2. If a third party freeware does not work, oh well. You get what you paid for. As far as VST support is concerned, all other Major DAWs have it with the exception of Digital Performer and Logic. It's not rocket science. VST works well for so many people but you're just alienating yourself if you don't include VST support.

      VST is supported in 32 and 64bit format. There are bit bridges that allow you to use 32 bit plugins in your 64 bit DAW.

      It's not as if this should be news to anyone. If you've taken any time to just try any other DAW, Reaper is a good example, you'll find that VSTs are every bit as good and as stable if not more stable as most RTAS/TDM plugins. In fact most VST versions of plugins which I have RTAS versions are far more stable and less cpu hungry than their RTAS equivalent.

      I can't help but feel that many of Pro Tools' advocates have never used another DAW and so are sheltered in effect as to how well a DAW can work. Sure other DAWs have their issues but you won't find nearly the number of whiners on their forums as you do on the DUC.

      2 years ago
  17. @celticmyst

    And adding a new format where you'll have to buy the plugins any way will do the exact same thing as you having to buy the aax version (if they are not provided for free by the plugin makers) when PT goes 11

    2 years ago
    1. Adding VST as a new format where ...* meant to say

      2 years ago
    2. Most third party plugins(Waves,IK,Native Instruments, UA) already come in VST format. Only those plugins developed by AVID will need to be ported.

      2 years ago
  18. You know what would make things so much simpler? How about VST support? Every other major DAW has it. So why not suck it up and admit defeat in the plugin department? You want cross platform compatibility? VST support. You want to make it easier for developers to create plugins for your DAW? VST support. You can still have DSP dependent VSTs a la UAD. So make that an extra and paid for upgrade. But for the sake of stability and universality, VST and for that matter AU support.

    2 years ago
  19. Strongly agree, although I doubt this will be considered because AAX is Avid's new thing, and they like to keep things exclusive.

    That said, VST is the only reason I have another DAW installed on my system at all. Pro Tools does everything but that, and it's the one thing I need enough to consider having another DAW! Less money spent on other DAW's = more money for potential Avid Upgrades! Thank me later Avid ;)

    1 year ago
  20. djkevwest Merged

    Pro Tools is the only DAW out there that does not have native AU and Vst support. For a program that is the industry standard it sure does not support other industry standards and makes me keep from buying it. That is the only draw back for me. I don't care about AAX and apparently other people don't either hence why Waves refuses to support it. VST/AU just makes much more sense.

    1 year ago
    1. never going to happen

      this has been floated before

      1 year ago
  21. It's been a year since a post, but DDMF's Metaplugin works great in Pro Tools 10 and In Pro Tools 11 with JBridgeM, using my favorite VST's and some AU's also

    8 months ago
  22. Yes. ProTools should eventually migrate to and embrace the world of VST. AAX should just exist in the world of TDM, where software that is adapted to run on outboard DSP farms is necessary. However, I believe that ProTools is losing market share because people have considerable investments and TIME in VST plug-ins. I use ProTools professionally, but another platform for home use. It readily accepts all VSTs. If I decide to go to another platform or back to ProTools at home, I have to decide between those VSTs and having to find some new ones back in ProTools. Certain, there are 3rd part wrappers available. But they aren't always reliable. A lot of manufacturers offer their plug-ins in a multi-platfor version. But now I have to go back and install all the AAX stuff I did not.

    I don't need another exclusive I can only get in ProTools. Plug-ins are NOT the core business, building a better platform is. I don't need another great sounding EQ or reverb. I know where to find plenty of them.

    Support VST as well as AAX and use the AAX platform to discover the things that a VST can't. Let ME decide if AAX is truly the better platform rather than forcing me to support it.

    I don't need another AAX drum machine plug-in. I don't need another boutique compressor emulation.

    What I need is a company that understands me as a user and most importantly ME AS A CONSUMER.

    You're milking your long time brand loyalty and dominance. But it will catch up with you. Reason lost its momentum because it wouldn't allow outside plug-ins. They've never recovered. Digidesign was slow to incorporate sufficient MIDI features into ProTools... even after the success of Opcode's Studio Vision (one of the first MIDI sequencers to include audio playback but only on the ProTools hardware platform.

    Concentrate on your core business instead of trying to justify to me WHY exclusive use of your proprietary plug-ins are better.

    You squashed the first VST to AAX wrapper and it was infuriating. There is TOO MUCH great stuff out there that comes only in VST.

    I've been a ProTools user for TWENTY YEARS. You're going to lose the next generation of users the same way Avid lost the next-gen of editors back in the early 2000's when Final Cut X came out.

    5 days ago
  23. I don't really see a need for another plugin format added, now much do you need at the expense of dealing with what people really want, stability & great working new features that enhance our workflow, not a bunch of developers time spent dealing with another plug format & its issues.

    Its an issue of time & money...... If you have avid people working on vst plugs.... They won't be able to do new projects that ACTUALLY BETTER PROTOOLS.

    VST would be a sidestep for a issue that is not really an issue.

    Anyone who makes a great VST can re-code for AAX...... THATS A MUCH BETTER USAGE OF RESOURCES rather than having Avid people spending time for other companies to make money.

    Why can VST programers just code for AAX?

    3 days ago
  24. When the day comes that you can pull up to my house in a dump truck with wheels from a Smart Car I will retract my "NO" vote.

    Pro Tools 11 uses AAX plugins. It does not use VST plugins. Avid spent a lot of time developing the AAX format, and they feel it is a better format than VST.

    So, if you feel you absolutely must use VST format plugins, buy a copy of Reaper for $60.

    But when you consider all of the great music coming out of Pro Tools every day, using only AAX plugins, perhaps it's your skill set that's at fault...

    3 days ago
    1. Bill, this website is about user feedback to improve the ProTools platform. No matter how vehemently you disagree with another's opinion, you have no reason to degrade him or her. Your opinion is just that: your opinion. If you feel that you absolutely must strike a condescending tone with total strangers please do it elsewhere.

      3 days ago
  25. @ronin1973a...

    According to your profile, you joined this site yesterday and you presume to tell me how the place works?

    Time to get over yourself, dude.

    And when somebody posts an idea that has been beaten to death both here and elsewhere, I will point out that it is a stupid idea, just as this one is.

    If you can counter my opinion, knock yourself out.

    And if you don't like what I have to say, don't read my posts.

    Pretty simple, huh?

    3 days ago
    1. Thank you for proving my point.

      3 days ago
  26. @ronin1973a

    Like Bill Denton said time to get over yourself. PT needs to support vst or au like one needs another hole in the head. Why add another layer of instability to the program supporting another plugin format? There are enough issues with the program as it is - take a look at the bugs in PT11.2 Let Avid fix that and then go onwards.

    2 days ago
    1. I've never had a problem with instability with VSTs on the other platform I use. I make my money on ProTools. But at home I use another platform for the flexibility that ProTools doesn't have.

      Nothing works for post-production as well as ProTools. I've been using it for 20 years. But ProTools has always been the Johnny-Come-Lately for musicians who now make up the largest core of DAW users. Digidesign dropped the standard for the exclusive Sound Designer 1 and 2 files due to redundancy in the industry. AAX-Native is redundant and AAX-DSP will be gone within 5-10 years.

      It's better that Avid concentrate on improving the core software than hanging a bunch of time and money keeping the plug-in business locked up.

      2 days ago
  27. True that it's better for Avid to improve the core program; won't argue there. But they are not wasting a bunch of time and money locking up the plugin business. Or haven't you noticed that most plugins are third party and NOT Avid provided? All Avid did was develop the aax format so they could move into the 64 bit world.

    People want a stable PT but the only way to do that is to restrict who can develop for the platform. So some of your favorite vst's aren't available as aax - big deal. There are solutions like Blue Cat MB7-2 or Patchwork or even VEPro 5. Buy one and use it and get your work done at home. If you can't get your work done with aax format plugins or via one of the ways I just cited then you have issues that go beyond any plugin format and daw. It's a poor craftsman that blames his tools.

    Have no idea how you can say aax native is redundant - explain exactly what you mean.

    2 days ago