Amped Studio is the most advanced among evolving browser-based DAWs. After the latest modifications, Amped Studio is now able to – albeit, experimentally – host third-party VST plug-ins. This is a significant breakthrough which gives the in-browser DAW concept further credibility.
With time and effort, browser DAWs have steadily evolved beyond proof of concept and into usable applications conveniently running in your web browser. The future of online musical collaboration is looking all the more promising with each milestone achieved!
Amped Studio VST/Remote
At the moment, the new VST/Remote extension for Amped Studio supports only 64-bit VST2 plug-ins. While several plug-ins can be added to a project, only a single instance can be used at any given time. Automating VST parameters is not a possibility at the moment. As a workaround to using more VSTs in a project, Amped Studio has the Bounce functionality which renders a VST-processed audio track. So you can still pull off a basic audio project with plug-ins.
Despite these limitations, VSTs do work, and the process is not especially complicated. You must download and install the VST/Remote app, run it on your computer, then add a VST/Remote device in a Amped Studio Device Chain. Choose a plug-in and off you go. Amped Studio scans all the regular VST plug-in folders on Windows and Mac, so it should be able to locate your plug-in library from the get-go.
We are looking forward to seeing Amped Studio progress into seamless VST plug-in integration (no host app) and multiple plug-in instances. I imagine it’s not an easy task at all to undertake, but Amped Studio’s developers are eager to pick up the challenge and it shows.
If you want to test-run some browser VSTs, head to the Amped Studio website and check the instructions.