Element Alternatives

    Element is described as 'cross-platform, modular AU/VST audio plugin host. Create powerful effects racks and instruments by connecting plugins to one another. Load graphs on the fly for quick access to your sounds'. There are eight alternatives to Element for Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is Carla, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Element are Giada (Free, Open Source), Reaktor (Freemium), Bidule (Paid) and VSTForx (Paid).

    This page was last updated Feb 19, 2020

    1. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Native Instruments Reaktor is a virtual, modular synthesis platform. REAKTOR also provides a platform for modular synthesis in the form of Blocks – a range of sound generating and sound shaping modules.
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    2. Plogue Bidule is a modular audio software with full VST, Audio Unit and Rewire support.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      VSTForx is a full-modular effect network creation tool which comes as a VST-plugin. With VSTForx you are able to load any number of VST-plugins and connect them anyway you want.
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    3. Usine is a modular environment for live music and real-time installations. You can create and customize your live set to fit it exactly to your needs--spontaneous electronic music creation, including live sampling, effect processing, or sound design.
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    4. Freestyle is an innovative VST host for stage and studio. In Studio Split, layer and combine your VST instruments and FX to explore vast new sound design possibilities. Quickly organise and access your VST collection via the visual Plugin Browser.
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    5. Rack Performer is a high-level modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with MIDI support, multi-channel audio I/O and internal processing, complete automatic patch-delay compensation, sample accurate sequencing, low jitter and...
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