VST Host applications

VST Host applications, or VST hosts are audio applications with support for VST plugins. Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is an interface for integrating software audio synthesizer and effect plugins with audio editors and recording systems. Thousands of plugins exist, both commercial and freeware, and VST is supported by a large number of audio applications (Digital Audio Workstation for recording, editing, mixing and play back of digital audio) like REAPER, Steinberg Cubase, Sony Vegas, Samplitude, Cakewalk Sonar, Energy XT, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Adobe Audition (Win), Digital Performer (Mac), GarageBand (Mac), Logic Pro (Mac), Steinberg Nuendo, Digidesign Pro Tools, Sony ACID Pro, Tracktion.

There are also some good freeware VST Hosts like the open source Audacity (Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux, Rosegarden (Linux), ALSA (Linux).

VST host defined

A VST host is a software application or hardware device that allows VST plugins (effects or instruments) to be used in interaction with digital audio and MIDI elements. There are a wide range of VST-compatible hosts available.

Some popular VST hosts

AbletonLive is a music sequencer for MS Windows and Mac OS X. Ableton Live is designed by the German Company “Ableton AG” as a loop-based sequencer as an instrument for live performances and a tool for composing and arranging. USD 499 for the download version, and USD 149 for the LE download version). A demo version is available. For instructional material see the video-based Ableton Live tutorials.

Other VST hosts

WAVOSAUR - free audio editor Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.
Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing. The program has no installer and doesn't write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Sony Sound Forge - audio editing software Sound Forge digital audio editing software includes a powerful set of audio processes, tools, and effects for manipulating audio. Sound Forge software allows you to edit, record, encode, and master nearly any form of digital audio including WAV, AIFF, and MP3.

Audacity VST Enabler is a plugin for Audacity 1.2.4 and higher, giving Audacity support for VST plugins.

Cycling '74 Max/MSP

Savihost - makes it possible to run a single VST instrument (VSTi) as a a stand-alone program. VST 2.4 + ASIO 2.0 support.

SpinAudio ASIO FX Processor LE is a free combined VST 2.0 and ASIO 2.0 host application for real-time audio streaming and effect processing. It's a scaled-down version of SpinAudio ASIO FX Processor SE. It is a standalone plugin chainer with support for both VST-instruments and VST-effects. Platform: MS Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. Licence: Freeware.