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Steinberg VST Live

Steinberg VST Live  ·  Source: Steinberg

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Steinberg has released VST Live. Designed as an integrated solution for controlling your entire live performance, VST Live includes virtual instruments, a live sequencer, DMX lighting control, video playback, and more. This brings all critical aspects of contemporary live performances together in one place.

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Steinberg VST Live

Despite the fact that DAWs are mainly designed for studio production, many artists now rely on them for live performances, too. Depending on the nature of the performance, the software is typically used to fire off backing tracks and sequences, play samples, host virtual instruments, and even control the visual aspects of the performance, such as the light show. With VST Live, Steinberg presents a custom-built solution for these tasks that does away with all the non-essential DAW features and instead focuses on what you really need on stage.

At its core, VST Live is obviously a competitor to Apple’s MainStage, an offspring of Logic designed for live performances. But it looks like Steinberg has gone a step further by making VST Live much more than just a VST host for virtual instruments and effects. Among many other things, the software can also sequence your backing tracks, control your light show via DMX, provide custom click tracks for every band member, display set lists, lyrics, and chord progressions, and record your performance.

Firstly, the Layers view lets you set up the sounds for each song of your set using virtual instruments. For processing external signals such as guitar, bass, or vocals, there’s a Stacks view that allows you to set up custom effect chains.

In addition to this, VST Live features a built-in sequencer for triggering samples and assembling complex sequences and backing tracks. The sequencer can also be used to deliver custom click tracks for each band member, so each performer gets their preferred type of click.

DMX lighting control

Furthermore, VST Live Pro is compatible with the DMX protocol for controlling stage lighting. This means that you can design and control your light show right in the box. It’ll play in sync with your music without the need for additional software. You can also include up to six video tracks. The Pro version also supports the VST Live App for iOS devices, which can deliver lyrics, chord symbols, notes, and click tracks to the performers via WiFi.

Finally, everything comes together in Tracks view, where you can arrange MIDI sequences, backing tracks, lighting and video control data, and everything else that makes up your performance. And last but not least, VST Live also includes a multitrack recorder for capturing your show.

All in all, Steinberg VST Live seems like a comprehensive solution for controlling all elements of modern live shows. If you use virtual instruments, MIDI sequences, synced lighting, or video during your live shows, we think it’s definitely worth a closer look.

Price and compatibility

Steinberg VST Live Pro is now available for an introductory price of USD/EUR 99.99. This offer is good through July 13, 2022, after which the price will increase to EUR/USD 129.99. VST Live Elements, which includes all virtual instruments and sequencing capabilities, but lacks DMX support and compatibility with the VST Live App, is now available for USD/EUR 59.99 (regular price: USD/EUR 79.99).

The software runs on macOS 10.14 or higher (including Apple Silicon) and Windows 10 or higher.

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