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Thread Newbie question: difference between vst, au and vst3?

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peaceinchaos

peaceinchaos

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1 Posted on 12/09/2014 at 05:13:12
I thought AU was mac and VST is non-mac, but I've downloaded a few plug-ins recently that were specifically for mac, offered in both vst and au. What's the difference and which (if any) is better for a mac?
Mike Levine

Mike Levine

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2 Posted on 12/10/2014 at 06:02:02
AU is strictly a Mac format, whereas VST works on both Mac and PC. Most of the time, the choice of plug-in format is dictated by the DAW you use, although some DAWs, like Ableton Live, can handle both AU and VST. What's most important is the quality of the plug-in, rather than its format. On the Mac side, most plug-ins are available in multiple formats, and you can chose which one (or ones) to install.
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