Kontakt Player ~ Industry Standard Sample Player


KONTAKT PLAYER is a free application that runs all of our KONTAKT instruments, as well as a large number of instruments from other companies.

Features:
  • Free sample player based on Kontakt 6.
  • Hosts a huge selection of Native Instruments and third-party instruments.
  • Also included in KOMPLETE START – the free bundle with 2,000 sounds and 6 GB of content.

www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-6-player

MusiKernel ~ Cross-platform DAW & Plugin Suite


MusiKernel is an all in one Digital Audio Workstation and suite of instrument & effect plugins, designed to be easy to install and use without the need for any third party software. Simply install the package for your operating system, select your audio and MIDI hardware, and start making music.

download at github.com/j3ffhubb/musikernel

VSTHost ~ Windows VST Plugin Host


It’s a VST-compatible host that’s capable of:

  • loading VST effects (aka “plugins”)
  • parameterizing / editing them
  • sound output for VSTis
  • MIDI-input and -output
  • loading / saving .fxb / .fxp files
  • I/O through either Windows MME or ASIO drivers
  • Wave Player / Recorder
  • MIDI Player

While the program started mainly as an aid in understanding and debugging VST plugins, it has evolved into a quite capable program by now which can be really helpful in a keyboard artist’s Live setup.

www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm

Element ~ Advanced Plugin Host


This is the community version of Element, a modular AU / LV2 / VST / VST3 audio plugin host. Create powerful effects, racks and instruments by connecting nodes to one another. Integrates with your existing hardware via standard protocols such as MIDI.

Features:

  • Runs standalone or as a plugin in your DAW
  • Route Audio and MIDI from anywhere to anywhere
  • Play virtual instruments and effects live
  • Create re-usable instruments and effect graphs
  • Preloaded plugin graphs
  • External sync w/ MIDI clock
  • MIDI controller mapping
  • Sub graphing – nest graphs within each other
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Placeholder nodes
  • Built in virtual keyboard
  • Multiple undo/redo

Element

github.com/kushview/Element
kushview.net/element/

Carla ~ Cross-platform Plugin Host


Carla is a fully-featured modular audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like transport control, automation of parameters via MIDI CC and remote control over OSC.

Carla currently supports LADSPA (including LRDF), DSSI, LV2, VST2, VST3 and AU plugin formats, plus SF2 and SFZ file support. It uses JACK as the default and preferred audio driver but also supports native drivers like ALSA, DirectSound or CoreAudio.

There are 4 types of engine processing:

  • Single-client: (JACK driver only)
    Same as Multi-client, except that all JACK ports belong to a single master client.
    This is needed when a setup doesn’t support multi-client JACK apps, such as LADISH.
  • Multi-client: (JACK driver only)
    Every single plugin is exposed as a new JACK client. Audio and MIDI ports are registered as needed.
  • Rack:
    Plugins are processed in order, from top to bottom.
    Plugins with non-stereo audio channels are not supported, but a forced-stereo option is available for Mono ones.
  • Patchbay:
    Modular patchbay mode, just like in JACK Multi-client and many other modular applications.
    Every plugin gets its own canvas group and ports allowing you to interconnect plugin audio and MIDI.

carla

kx.studio/Applications:Carla
github.com/falkTX/Carla