VST3 Audio Plugins for vMix
Written by Paul Richards on October 26, 2020
The ability to use third-party audio plug-ins give vMix users access to a massive collection of tools to help create professional-quality audio for their live productions. VST (Virtual Studio Technology) uses digital signal processing to recreate traditional audio hardware often found in professional audio studios. Now with vMix and VST, producers have access to the sound of high-end compressors, expanders, reverb units, delays, equalizers, effects, and more.
First Things First
Before you dive into audio plug-ins, there are a few things to double-check. First, be sure that you have vMix version 188.8.131.52 or higher. Also, keep in mind that vMix supports VST 3 64-bit plug-ins. You will find many VST and VST 2.0 plug-ins on the market, but for stability and reliability, look for VST 3 64-bit. They are available from many vendors, including waves.com. One of the most important things to remember is to carefully test these plug-ins before you go live with them.
Downloading and Installing
If you are looking for high quality and affordable VST 3 plugins, I highly suggest Waves.com. Two audio plugins I consider must haves are NS1 (for noise suppression) and Renaissance Axx (A plugin to make voices sound more robust). Once you find a plug-in that you are ready to test out, go ahead and download it. Most downloads will come with an installer that will automatically place the files where they belong, usually: program files/common files/VST 3.
Now that the plug-in is installed, open up vMix, and you can see how to add it. You can add plug-ins to both individual inputs and to your master audio. There may be instances where you want to apply specific vocal effects to a microphone input such as reverb and a general effect to the master, such as a compressor.
Go to the audio mixer and click on the gear icon on either the master or an individual input to open the Audio Settings “Plugins” tab. Now click on the + button to add a plug-in. Select a driver from the dropdown menu and then choose from any plug-in associated with that driver from the next drop down and hit OK. That will bring up the editor screen for that specific plug-in.
Different types of plugins have different interfaces. Some show a graphical interpretation of the physical version of the hardware, and others have simpler interfaces. Usually, once you add the plug-in, if that input has active audio, you should be able to hear it and adjust in real-time in the editor. Once you have it set up the way you want it, you can save a preset within the plug-in to quickly load it later.
Pro Tip: Many plugins come with presets you can use for various effect settings. For example, for voices there may be a male and female preset. This is often a great place to start your project.
Once you have your plug-in set up, you can make them easily accessible by setting up shortcut keys. You can even control them from a midi-controller, X-keys, or vMix web controller.
Audio Plug-ins are a great way to improve the sound of your live production. However, if you are new to them, they can be a bit overwhelming. If you want some guidance about what plug-ins work best with vMix, check out some of the online forums on vMix.com.
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