13 Free VST Host Applications

Here are the 13 Best Free VST Host Applications that you can use to host your favorite VST Plugins. You can make music without spending money.

Instructions: Click each link below and look around each website for the download link or button. Do not install any suspicious software.

Best Free VST Host Applications

Free VST Host Applications - Best VST Host Apps

DarkWave Studio – Windows

DarkWave Studio - Free VST Host Applications

DarkWave Studio is a powerful free VST host application with a beautifully designed interface.

  • Host and Play virtual VST instruments live
  • Process audio effect in real-time (eg: reverb, guitar amp sims)
  • Map MIDI devices and channels to different instruments
  • Play using your MIDI keyboard, the on-screen keyboard or PC Keyboard
  • Stay in-time with built-in metronome
  • Design new sounds with morph and randomize tools
  • Save different configurations for easy recall

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Podium Free – Windows

Podium - Free VST Host Applications

Podium Free is a freeware edition of Podium, therefore it is fully functional with only a few feature limitations.

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LMMS – Windows / Mac

LMMS - Free VST Host Applications 

Linux is ready for prime time when it comes to music production.

LMMS is a free, open-source software built entirely by a small number of volunteers in their free time, but to keep the project going, we need this number to grow, also if you feel like giving something back to the community, join us in making LMMS better!

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Sell Beats & Products Online - Music Maker WordPress Theme

LiveProfessor 2 – Windows / Mac

LiveProfessor 2 - Free VST Host Applications

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Kristal – Windows

Kristal - Free VST Host Applications

Kristal Audio Engine is a powerful multi-track recorder, also an audio sequencer and mixer, therefore it is ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio. It is designed as a modular system, also the main application provides a mixing console, while the audio sequencer, live audio input and so on are loaded as separate Plug-Ins.

Kristal Audio Engine is free for personal, also educational and non-commercial use.

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Cantabile Lite – Windows

Cantible - Free VST Host Applications

Cantabile Lite MIDI sequencer, DAW which can host VST(i).

  • Host and Play virtual VST instruments live
  • Process audio effect in real-time (eg: reverb, guitar amp sims)
  • Map MIDI devices and channels to different instruments
  • Play using your MIDI keyboard, the on-screen keyboard or PC Keyboard
  • Stay in-time with built in metronome
  • Design new sounds with morph and randomize tools
  • Mix and match x64 and x86 plugins with built-in bridge support.
  • Save different configurations for easy recall

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MuTools – Windows / Mac

MuTools - Free VST Host Applications

MuTools is an inspiring music studio for Mac OSX and Windows, also featuring an integrated top-quality modular synth and effect engine.

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Wavosaur – Windows

Wavosaur - Free VST Host Applications

Wavosaur is a cool free sound editor, audio editor, also wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3, therefore it has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. It supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.

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HostingAU – Windows

HostingAU - Free VST Host Applications

Hosting AU microDAW is a micro-sized Digital Audio Workstation for Mac OSX that hosts Audio Unit instruments and effect plugins. It comes with 4ch+1 mixer with external audio input, also it comes with a 32-bit recorder, music-typing feature “LazyKey”.

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Ohmstudio – Windows

Ohmstudio

Ohm Studio is the first real-time collaborative digital audio workstation. Start a project, invite musicians and make music together. It’s as simple as that.

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Music Studio Independence – Windows

Music Studio Independence

MIDI sequencer, DAW which can host VST(i).

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Psycle – Windows

Psycle - Free VST Host Applications

Psycle is a Music tracker (like FastTracker 2 or Impulse Tracker) also combined with plugin modularity. It supports its own plugin API, the VST2 plugin standard, also a tracker style sampler playback.

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Cabbage – Windows / Mac

Cabbage - Free VST Host Applications

Cabbage is a framework for audio software development, therefore using simple markup text and the sound audio synthesis language users can target Windows, OSX, Linux, and Android with a single piece of source code.

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Written By Mark V.

Hip Hop Makers is a music production website that launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.

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