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    Rack Performer Alternatives

    Rack Performer is described as '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' and is a Music Production App in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Rack Performer for Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is Carla, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Rack Performer are Giada (Free, Open Source), VSTHost (Free Personal, Open Source), Cantabile (Paid) and AudioMulch (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 5, 2020
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    Rack Performer is a high-level modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with...
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    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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      Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians.


    2. Hostprogram for VST-Plugins with ASIO-Support.
    3. 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.
    4. AudioMulch is an interactive musician's environment for PC and Mac. It is used for live electronic music performance, composition and sound design.


    5. Luppp is a music creation tool, intended for live use. The focus is on real time processing and a fast, intuitive workflow. With extensive MIDI mapping support, you can get looping just how you like!
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      NanoHost 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.
    6. A VST (plus AudioUnit on OSX) plugin host designed for live use. Based on the JUCE 'audio plugin host' code, heavily modified to better suit my purposes.
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      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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      Plogue Bidule is a modular audio software with full VST, Audio Unit and Rewire support.
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