NanoHost Alternatives

    NanoHost is described as 'is not a synthesizer. It is a free, minimalist host application for Windows that can load VST-synths. Furthermore, it can act as a wrapper which converts VST-synthesizers into standalone applications'. There are more than 10 alternatives to NanoHost for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and BSD. The best alternative is Carla, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like NanoHost are Cantabile (Paid), VSTHost (Free Personal), Blue Cat's PatchWork (Paid) and SAVIHost (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 5, 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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    2. Cantabile is a music workstation for live performing musicians. Build your ideal rig - one that leaves you free to focus on giving your best performance.


    3. VSTHost enables the user to test VST-plugins in realtime. Multiple Plugins can be connected in chain or parallel. Besides musicproduction this tool can also be helpful for VOIP applications.
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    4. Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST, VST3, Audio Unit or built-in plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance.
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    5. Make VST instrument plugins into standalone apps.
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    6. Plogue Bidule is a modular audio software with full VST, Audio Unit and Rewire support.
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    7. Lite version of inTone 2, a live performance fx processor and virtual instrument host. inTone 2 Solo only limited in track numbers, not functionality. Almost 40 FX plugins, 1 track player, 1 audio track, 1 instrument track, 1 AUX and 1 master chain.
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    8. This special set of applications and plug-ins contains everything you might possibly need to play and record your guitar or bass, keys and vocals.
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    9. inTone 2 works as a simple jamming tool as well as a sophisticated playback machine. It is a live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio plug-ins.
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    10. VST host, manager, able to Layer, Split and save MULTIS. Has chord player module. Manage all your presets.
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