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Some Copyrights/Trademarks referred to in the VST 3 SDK

  • AAX by Avid Technology, Inc.
  • Apple and macOS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
  • AU and AUv3 by Apple Inc.
  • Dolby™ is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  • GITHUB is exclusive trademark registered in the United States by GitHub, Inc.
  • JUCE library - Copyright (c) 2022 - ROLI Ltd.
  • Microsoft, Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Pro Tools is a trademark or registered trademark of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.
  • VST, Dorico, Cubase, Nuendo, VST Live and WaveLab are trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, registered in Europe and other countries.
  • Other company names, product names and logos are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


External Glossary: AES - PAR - Pro Audio Reference: http://www.aes.org/par/

AAXAvid Audio Extensionhttps://www.avid.com/alliance-partner-program/aax-connectivity-toolkit
ADCAudio Developer Conferencehttps://juce.com/adc
AESAudio Engineering Societyhttps://www.aes.org
ASIOAudio Stream Input/OutputASIO™ is a protocol for communication between a software application and a computer's sound card (trademark of Steinberg)
AUAudio Unithttps://developer.apple.com/documentation/audiounit
COMComponent Object Modelhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_Object_Model
DAFXDigital Audio Effectshttps://dafx.org
DAWDigital Audio Workstationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_audio_workstation
DLLDynamic-Link Libraryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic-link_library
DSPDigital Signal Processinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signal_processing
e.g.exempli gratiafor example
FAQFrequently Asked QuestionsVST 3 Frequently Asked Questions
FFTFast Fourier Transformationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Fourier_transform
GPLGeneral Public Licensehttps://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html
ICASSPInternational Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Conference_on_Acoustics,_Speech,_and_Signal_Processing
ISMIRInternational Society for Music Information Retrievalhttps://ismir.net
JSON5JavaScript Object Notationhttps://www.json.org
LFELow Frequency Effectshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-frequency_effects
MIDIMusical Instrument Digital Interfacehttps://www.midi.org
MPEMIDI Polyphonic Expressionhttps://www.midi.org
SDKSoftware Development Kithttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_development_kit
STLStandard Library Containershttps://www.cplusplus.com/reference/stl/
URLUniform Resource Locatorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL
UTF-16Unicode Transformation Format 16bitString representation used by VST 3 for exchanging with the host. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-16
VSTVirtual Studio Technology™A trademark of Steinberg for their interface standard for integrating software plug-ins with DAWs.
VST-MAVirtual Studio Technology - Module ArchitectureThis is the base architecture for VST 3
VSTGUIVirtual Studio Technology - Graphical User Interfacehttps://github.com/steinbergmedia/vstgui
VtableVirtual method tablehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_method_table
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get