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VST Winamp Bridge

A DSP/Effect Plugin Bridge to load studio quality VST Plugins

A DSP/Effect Plugin Bridge to load studio quality VST Plugins

With this DSP/Effect Plugin for WinAmp you can load the VST Plugins (standard plugin interface for professional audio effects) directly in WinAmp. There are also several good and free VST Plugins out there (

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October 17, 2005 by Christian Budde123704 downloads

VST Winamp Bridge - A DSP/Effect Plugin Bridge to load studio quality VST Plugins

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VST support

On initial selection of this as the active dsp plugin and then going to the config option i was left wondering what this was going to be like. Once you're used to the rather quirky ui, the vst plugins are easily loaded and from what i could see work well. Shows promise.


This plugin was a useful and valuable add-on when I first started using it several years ago.However, it needs an update - on every Windows 7 machine I use with the latest version of Winamp, it crashes Winamp whenever I try to either disable it or switch VSTs. This has resulted in many system restores as Winamp becomes essentially unuseable.Please, Mr Budde, give us an update! I miss this plug-in :)! - March 30, 2010 by Richard Winter

Nice try. Sometimes it works, but often it crashes the whole Winamp program, even with professional "known-to-run-stable" plugins (e.g. Voxengo Soniformer, which works totally stable in other VST Host applications). - February 10, 2010 by Andreas Giese

MUST HAVE! - I can really rate this plugin with five and have to say that it's one of the 'must have' plugins. It works perfect, it's fast and simple. I tried almost 1k vst plugins and they worked! The plugin does not have any problems on any OUTPUT destinations.It also works perfect on WINDOWS7 and WINE - August 17, 2009 by manev.mitko

it's the best for professionalVSTplugins - setting winamp : in Shibatch mpg123 24 bits, out Otachan Asio (dll version), dsp VST Winamp Bridge with load "Xlutop Chainer v1.03" and inside 1) input set Asio ,2)T-Racks(Eq + Comp+ Limiter+ Clipper), 3)Analyzer Elemental Audio IXL Multimeter .Hardware : Xoner D2 + Z5500THE BEST SOUND !!!!Thank u Christian Budde...Winamp plays well again !!!! - November 11, 2008 by Andrew P

great plugin - this plugin is great it really helps me out in djing. For anyone how needs to know got to your preferences go down to dps/effects sellect the plug in and hit configure the left click where it says vst plugin load vst plugin then select you plug in - April 9, 2007 by shane hinchberger

Does what it does well. - Biggest problem - no support for 24 bit or multichannel apparently; I'm sure the author just never imagined winamp might get such a thing, but come on, VSTs have been used for anything up to 16-channel 32-bit audio for mastering for years. But if you turn those off, it's very versatile in what it'll load and good for doing lots of neat stuff that normal winamp plugins can't touch. =D - February 7, 2007 by foxyshadis _

DAMN! - i was waiting for this one, very useful for those who got lots of vsts dlls. thanks! jOsSse - January 10, 2007 by jOsSse Cores

Probably the best plugin for winamp ever! - Just imagine...all the great sounding freeware VST plugins are now at your disposal. And unlike some winamp plugins, VST is a standard for professional audio plugins many producers use. Amazing.. For tons and tons of freeware/shareware plugins just go to This is the only DSP plugin I'm gonna be running in winamp from now on. Few things to add: - ability to stack plugins (very important), - Saving stacked plugins to a preset Cheers m8 and thx again for a great plugin. - March 23, 2006 by T S

Racks and Stacks, Take 2 - We should mention that we're only considering freeware here (we're aware of AdaptX). Also, sorry for the giant run-on paragraph. Who knew the review would eat our CR-LF... - February 16, 2006 by Douglas Grant

Racks and Stacks - Thanks to Ian Justman for telling us about MultiFXVST. We've been fooliing around with various ways to access both single multiple VST and DirectX audio plugins within Winamp, and have come up with a few. ---------- In addition to installing this VST Winamp Bridge plugin, which loads only a single VST dll: Download and install CTAF MultiFXVST, Download and install both VB-AUDIO Software FFX-4 Rack DX/VST Plug-in and FFX-4 Rack Plug-in For Winamp. Both are fully functional freeware DirectX racks. Download and install SpinAudio VST DX Wrapper Lite Windows, which allows VST plugins to be accessed within DirectX. ---------- Winamp DSP/Effect plugin config options: Option 1 - Single VST plugin Select VST Host DSP (dsp_vst.dll) as active plugin and load any single VST dll Option 2 - Multiple VST plugins Select VST Host DSP (dsp_vst.dll) as active plugin and load multifxVST.dll Within MultiFXVST you can create a chain of multiple VST plugins Additionally, if you load as one of these VST plugins, vb_ffx4.dll, you'll get a nested rack of 4 DirectX plugin slots Option 3 - Rack of 4 DirectX plugins Select VST Host DSP (dsp_vst.dll) as active plugin Additionally, if you load as one of these DX plugins, VST-DX Wrapper, you'll gain access to VST plugins ---------- Note: No guarantees are made as to the stability of any and all combinations of plugins you may try to chain together. Some may work, some not. And yes, we tried various racks nesting within racks... How much free time do you have? :) Also, MultiFXVST has its quirks, particularly in the display of the Chain List. Now you see 'em, now you don't. Have fun with it. -- LowNoise Records Blog and Audio Archive - February 15, 2006 by Douglas Grant

You CAN stack multiple VST plugins - You just need to get something that chains multiple VST plugins. Head here to get MultiFXVST: I use this all the time for my listening and auditioning a plugin chain before going into my sound editor. Overall, works very nicely. - January 26, 2006 by Ian Justman

Long awaited good stuff, but we need a rack! - It really WORKS. It has a really funny (odd)way of loading VST dlls. It's a pity, though, it cannot stack more than just one VST plug-in. There is a similar DX plug-in rack for WINAMP called FFX4 which could give the author the idea for improving this plug-in in this direction. - January 25, 2006 by Dragan Milunovic

awsome plugin... - I think it is one of the best of its I can use high quality VST plugins.It enable winamp to use high quality effects that were only available with production quality audio editing softwares from izotope ozone to fruityloops... its simply amazing.. - January 14, 2006 by sudhir porwal

I've been waiting a long time - And it was very worth the wait. Now my different vocoders (and TalkBox) plugins work in Winamp. Awesome! - November 7, 2005 by Beau McClelland

Nice Work! BUT... - It completly crashes Winamp when loading certain Plugins. Some PLugin which came with Wavelab are not supported and it is reported that they require Winamp 4. That's alright with me. But on some Plugins, I almost have to reboot the whole PC because of an memory writing or reading error. (I don't wanna try it again, but it was the standard compressor of Wavelab that I wanted to load.) But still, I am amazed! The VST-Plugins I have will definitly fit right into Winamp. OH YEAH! THANKS! - November 6, 2005 by Robin Heinrich

Superb - Like to see this Develop - Firstly, what en excellent plugin! a plugin that runs plugins, but VST ones loads of freeones can be had here: two points about this that need to be improved: 1. you need config window open normally how about making it load the dialog normally instead of having to click configure. 2. peak meters and some VST appear slow, mabe find a way of fixing this especially Classic EQ, the sliders and LED meters are laggy (jerky) other plugins seem fine. lastly there is an awsome free Tape IT Vst Plugin use this with VST winamp Bridge and you have a better replacemet of WAV Writer by far. lastly i wonder if anyone can come up with another bridge for lets say DXi Plugins? ben - November 4, 2005 by Ben Grant

How do you load another vst? - Great plugin, apart from i cannot find where to change the vst if I need to. Any help? - October 22, 2005 by Chris Kelly

What took so long - This a first. I've been waiting for a plugin that would load vst plugins for a loooong time.Has a minimalist interface but works great! Now I can use my High quality Vst Equalizer with winamp! (Sorry winamp your eq is ok but....) AWESOME Plugin! - October 20, 2005 by Tony Gillihan

VST Winamp Bridge - Excellent plugin with a simple, minimalist interface. Thousands of excellent VST plugins have now been made available to Winamp. - October 20, 2005 by Neil Jolliff