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Audio Plugin Player

By Defective Records Software

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Audio Plugin Player is a lightweight VST and AU instrument plugin host, that allows you to play these instruments using either your mouse, computer keyboard, or MIDI device (both hardware and software MIDI devices supported). It has a simple, one-screen interface, that will let you start making music with your favorite audio instrument plugins in seconds – just drop your plugin onto the application window, make your input and output choices, and you're ready! Audio Plugin Player allows you to route your plugin instrument through a plugin effect (either VST or AU), and also lets you route external audio through a plugin effect too.

What's New in Version 1.3

• New ability to route external audio input through effect plugin, rather than output of plugin instrument
• New ability to transpose notes when in MIDI input mode
• New ability to send MIDI output generated from plugin instrument
• New ability to unload a plugin without loading a new one
• New ability to refresh patch names for plugins
• New ability to close preferences window by clicking logo on top, as well as by Close button
• Fixed bug in QWERTY Global input mode, should now be more reliable on various systems
• Updated app to comply with Mac App Store sandbox restrictions


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Customer Reviews

misleading title

when i launch this app, it shows me the folder and icons for my plug-ins, but wont let me select any of them(massive, fm8, absynth). personally, i think this app is bunk.

Nice little app!

Awesome update to a great little app! Really useful for quick and dirty use of plugins (both instruments and effects). Nice to see the developer still updating this too, based on user feedback!

Great app! Read on!

I have sevral plugins that do NOT have a stand alone mode and this app runs them all perfectly. It's VERY flexible and allows the plugins to even operate as part of my modular synth setup when recording Patching Chaos. (i.e. as an external synth being controlled by custom Reaktor code. It's controlled by Reaktor and the audio is brought back in to Reaktor.) Very nice product! At this price, it's a no brainer!

Audio Plugin Player
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 6.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

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