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VST 3 Links

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Important links you will need for working with VST 3.

Getting VST 3 SDK

You have 2 possibilities for getting the VST 3 SDK:

Componentas zip packageas GitHub repository
VST 3 API✔️✔️
Helpers classes✔️✔️
AAX, AUv3 and AU wrappers✔️✔️
iOS Inter-App Audio support✔️✔️
VST 3 Plug-ins Examples✔️✔️
Validator command line✔️✔️
VST 3 Inspector✔️✔️
VST 3 Project Generator✔️
(as exe only)
(as source code)
VST 3 Plug-in Test Host (exe only)✔️
VST 3 Licensing✔️
+ GPLv3

only GPLv3

Download the full VST 3 package as zip file

Download a full VST 3 SDK package which includes everything you need to build a VST 3 plug-in or host. Test your VST 3 plug-in in real-time with the included VST 3 Plug-in Test Host and execute automated tests (See What is the VST 3 SDK?):

https://www.steinberg.net/vst3sdk (direct link to zip file, ~100 MB)

Clone VST 3 repository from GitHub

Clone the VST 3 SDK repository from GitHub for easy integration into your workspace:


Independently of the download source of the VST 3 SDK be sure that you follow the license agreement (check What are the licensing options for VST 3?)

Online Documentation

Browse the VST 3 SDK's online documentation including API reference and sample code:


Browse the VST portal for the whole documentation and tutorials:


VST 3 Forum

Visit Steinberg's VST Developer Forum in order to get help with development, submit bug reports, request new features and connect to other VST 3 developers:



When you download the VST 3 SDK, the last official release version of VSTGUI is included, but you can get it (the release and the development branches) from github:


Here, you can find some links to external resource about VST 3, DSP and Plug-ins development:

YouTubeADC 2020: Support of MIDI2 and MIDI-CI in VST 3 instruments, Arne Scheffler and Janne Roeper getting_started_vid_1ADC 2017: VST 3 history, advantages and best practice, Yvan Grabit getting_started_vid_2ADC 2016: The Golden Rules of Audio Programming, Pete Goodliffe
How to setup the VST 3 SDK's Sample Plug-in Projects
Forums / Mailing ListKVRAudio Forum: DSP and Plug-in Development
• music-dsp mailing list at columbia.edu
music-dsp Web
Sursound mailing list at Virginia Tech
DSP Stack Overflow: DSP Developer community
Stack Overflow: Developer community
Tools / LibrariesMATLAB®: Audio Plug-in Creation and Hosting
Blender: A free and open source 3D creation suite
Armadillo: C++ library for linear algebra & scientific computing
lapack++: Linear Algebra PACKage in C++
dlib: Dlib is a modern C++ toolkit
Intel MKL: Intel® Math Kernel Library
CMSIS-DSP: CMSIS-DSP is an optimized compute library for Arm CPU (filtering, mathematics,...)
BooksDSP related.com: Articles, news, and blogs about basic and modern DSP topics
Introduction to Signal Processing by Sophocles J. Orfanidis
DSP Guide by Steven W. Smithn (The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing)
Online Books by Julius O. Smith III (Mathematics of the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), Introduction to Digital Filters, Physical/Spectral Audio Signal Processing)
Seeing Circles, Sines, and Signals: A visual and interactive introduction to DSP
The ART of VA Filter Design by Vadim Zavalishin (theoretical and practical aspects of the virtual analog filter design in the music DSP context)
Stackoverflow - The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List: Nice list of C++ books (for beginner to advanced levels)
ConferencesADC: Audio Developer Conference by Roli
DAFx: Digital Audio Effects
ICASSP: International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
ISMIR: International Society for Music Information Retrieval
OtherVST on wikipedia
VST Story Interview
Steinberg Media Technologies getting_started_vid_3