VST 3 also features vastly improved parameter automation with sample accuracy and support for ramped automation data, allowing completely accurate and rapid parameter automation changes.
The VST 3 plug-in parameters are displayed in a tree structure. Parameters are grouped into sections which represent the structure of the plug-in. Plug-ins can communicate their internal structure for the purpose of overview, but also for some associated functionality (eg. program-lists). Parameters like “Cutoff” and “Resonance” could be grouped into a section called “Filter”. This makes searching for a certain parameters easier, such as on an automation track. This also allows assigning a group of parameters to a specific MIDI Channel input and audio output bus.
5. Resizeable UI Editor
VST 3 introduces a new approach to plug-in GUIs though window resizing, allowing for extremely flexible use of valuable screen space.
6. Mouse Over Support
The Host could ask the plug-in which parameter is under the mouse.
VST 3 defines a way to allow the host to add its own entries in the plug-in context menu of a specific parameter.
A VST 3 plug-in can access channel information where it is instantiated: name, color,...
VST 3 defines with Note Expression a new way of event controller editing. The plug-in is able to break free from the limitations of MIDI controller events by providing access to new VST 3 controller events that circumvent the laws of MIDI and provide articulation information for each individual note (event) in a polyphonic arrangement according to its noteId.
10. 3D Audio Support
VST 3 supports new speaker configurations like Ambisonic, Atmos, Auro 3D or 22.2.
11. Factory Concept
VST 3 plug-in library could export multiple plug-ins and in this way replaces the shell concept of VST 2 (kPlugCategShell).
Remote controllers for audio and MIDI software applications have become increasingly popular. VST 3 offers far more flexible control of VST plug-ins by remote controllers. Using the knobs and faders on the control surface, parameters can be recorded, renamed and edited in many ways. Parameters that cannot be edited can be routed for display purposes to the control surface, for example, to show Gain Reduction on a compressor.
While designing VST 3, we performed a careful analysis of the existing functionality of VST and rewrote the interfaces from scratch. In doing so, we focused a lot on providing clear interfaces and their documentation in order to avoid usage errors from the deepest possible layer. Some more features implemented specifically for developers include:
- More stable technical host/plug-in environment
- Advanced technical definition of the standard
- Modular approach
- Separation of UI and processing
- UTF16 for localized parameter naming
- Advanced preset system
- Multiple plug-ins per library
- VST 3 SDK package: