Soundtoys releases VST3 plug-ins with Apple Silicon support
After several years, developer Soundtoys finally presented the long-awaited VST3 versions of its popular effects plug-ins. The development is in public beta, with an official update to follow soon. Hopefully, this is a sign more Soundtoys development is coming down the road! The developer has seemingly left it at maintaining version 5 of its bundle for eternity.
Soundtoys plug-ins with VST3 and Apple Silicon support
Some fans and owners of the big Soundtoys Bundle have been waiting for this seemingly forever. But Soundtoys is now offered in VST3 format for Windows and macOS (only Apple Silicon, for the time being). After the A-Silicon compatibility update, Soundtoys is making the VST3 plug-in versions available for all interested parties in a public beta version. The developer says this release (version 5.3.8) should run without any problems, following a ‘months-long in-house test’.
VST3 brings some key advantages. VST3 plug-ins are only processed by the system when audio signals are present at their respective inputs. They also have more dynamic I/Os and a more logical organization of the parameters compared to VST. Steinberg Cubase 12 users, in particular, can look forward to VST3. With it, Steinberg ultimately deprecated the outdated VST plug-in interface, which means that a number of legacy virtual effects and instruments are no longer supported.
If you want to test the new version, or even try the whole Soundtoys 5 bundle for 30 days without restrictions, you have to register here. Unfortunately, this does not work with the actual Soundtoys account data. You have to create another account for the beta. Everyone else should be patient a little while longer because the update will be officially delivered soon.
On one hand, it’s nice to see a plug-in developer looking after and maintaining effects from quite a while ago. But we would like to see some new releases from Soundtoys. The developer has lots of quality and innovation to its name. Its plug-ins are indispensable in home and professional studios alike. Do you use Soundtoys plug-ins? And what would you like from the developer in the future? Maybe features like oversampling, more parameters, or new effects entirely?
Price and availability for Soundtoys plug-ins
You can get the Soundtoys Bundle from Thomann * for EUR 499. The developer also has regular yearly sales, so you might want to wait for these unless in a hurry.
The plug-ins work under macOS 10.10+ (with Apple Silicon support) and Windows 7+ in 64-bit AU, VST, VST3, and AAX formats. Authorization requires a free iLok account (or paid USB dongle). A 30-day unlimited demo version, PDF user manuals, and a number of workshop videos are available on the website. You can also test the beta versions as a demo for 30 days free of charge and without restrictions.
It’s nice to see a substantial update! I always loved my Soundtoys bundle but I stopped using it after years of no scalable GUI updates. I’ve bought alternatives that I can use on my 4K high resolution screen without squinting.