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Using VST instruments in Garage Band

Our friend Jacean from Florida Music Company is back with more great info. In this article, Jacean describes how to use Cubase VST (Virtual Studio Technology) software synthesizers with GarageBand through a great software tool called the FXpansion VST to AudioUnit Adapter ($79 at FL Music Co.). Jacean writes:

"The VST to AudioUnit Adapter for Mac OS X is a highly-integrated plug-in wrapper that allows users of AudioUnit-compatible applications such as Emagic's Logic Audio 6.x and MOTU's Digital Performer 4.x to integrate VST plug-ins and instruments seamlessly in to their working environment. Once installed and configured, the wrapper creates "virtual AudioUnits" for each of your VST plug-ins, which behave exactly the same as true AudioUnits in every respect. It uses virtually no CPU (less than 0.1% per instance on a 550MHz PowerBook G4), and offers total compatibility with a huge selection of VST plug-ins from a wide range of vendors. It's also incredibly easy to use - just check out our step-by-step guide! We've tested the adapter succesfully with plug-ins from all the following vendors:- Steinberg, Waves, TC-Works, Prosoniq, LinPlug, MDA, reFX, Ohm Force, Synapse Audio, DSound, PSP, Waldorf, INA-GRM, Elemental Audio, Arturia, AAS, Bitshift Audio, Bitheadz, DMI, GMedia, Green Oak, Rumpelrausch Taips, Spectrasonics, Swar Systems, Yellow Tools, Silverspike, Destroyfx, Antares, DigitalFishPhones, Rob Papen Virtual Instruments. Read on for the full scoop."

Step 1: copy your VST plug-ins to the adapter's folder.
The VST to AU Adapter comes with its own VSTPlugins folder - copy any Carbon VST plug-ins you want to wrap in to this folder.


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Step 2: Run the configuration utility
Run the configuration utility which lets you choose which class of Mac OS X VST plug-ins you want to scan, and whether you want to install the virtual Audio Units for everyone that uses your Mac, or just for your own use.


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Step 3: Press the "Scan..." button
When you press the Scan button, the adapter scans its VST plug-ins folder for plug-ins to be converted to virtual AudioUnits. It can take it a minute or two to complete the scan, especially if you have a lot of plug-ins, but once it's done - that's it! Your VST plug-ins have now been wrapped to AudioUnits and are ready to use in your AudioUnit-compatible application.


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Step 4: Start your AU-compatible host!
Here we can see all our VST instruments available as AudioUnits in the host audio application.



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Step 5: Check out the effects...
... and here are our VST effects!



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Step 6: Go make some music!
... need we say more?


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You can Buy the FXpansion VST to AU adapter at Florida Music Company

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