VST3 support for NI instruments

electron7 Member Posts: 1 Noise
edited January 20 in Komplete General


why are all the plugins not vst 3 yet?

Cubase annonces that this year they will stop vst 2 support!



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  • Simchris
    Simchris Temecula, CAMember Posts: 70 Tri

    A lot of NI plugins are now vst3. Older stuff need other updates for windows 11, mac mx, etc. ongoing process. A VST3 category topic in forum probably good idea.

  • Jeff Wraight
    Jeff Wraight Member Posts: 1 Noise

    Hi Folks,

    I've been using NI software for 22 years. I am now retired - still doing the odd gig but enjoying my pension.

    I am still on Complete Ultimate 11 and over the years I have usually 'Leapfrogged' every other update. i.e. I went from 9 to 11 - I can't afford to move to 13 though, so have to stay with 11

    Is this going to cause problems with the VST2 plugins which Steinberg say they are going to phase out?

    I see elsewhere that some of the NI plug ins are being updated to VST3. To be honest I'm not sure where to look to see if mine are VST3 or 2.

    I keep everything updated in Native Access.

    I would be grateful if someone could let me know what's happening and what, if anything I should do.

    Sorry but everything is getting just that little bit slower as I approach 70. LOL

    Best wishes


  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI BerlinCustomer Care Posts: 706 mod

    Hey Jeff,

    Since you own Komplete 11, you're entitled to update the products you own, so you'll be able to have the VST3 versions as soon as they are ready as an update for your products. Don't worry, VST2 is not going to disappear over night, a lot of software developers and DAWs still support the format. Still, VST3 is definitely the future. We'll make an article soon to sum up which NI plug-ins are VST3 and which will soon be, I'll make sure to post that article here.

  • r.u.sirius
    r.u.sirius Member Posts: 1 Noise

    But Native Access does not provide any VST3 versions yet, right?

  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI BerlinCustomer Care Posts: 706 mod
    Answer ✓

    Native Access does provide VST3 for some plug-ins already, you can find the list in this article (@Jeff Wraight this is the article we were waiting for). we will update it as soon as there are new compatible ones: VST3 Compatibility of Native Instruments Plug-ins

  • Vagus
    Vagus LondonMember Posts: 21 Sine

    It does - VST3 updates are detailed in the changes section.

  • chk071
    chk071 Member Posts: 35 Sine
    edited January 28

    Actually, they stated that "within the next 24 months, Steinberg’s host applications and plug-ins across macOS and Windows will offer VST 3 compatibility only", see here: https://forums.steinberg.net/t/vst-2-discontinued/761383. Which could well mean that it's 2 years until Cubase stops supporting VST2 plugins. Which means that Cubase 13 could be the first version to not support VST2 anymore (of course, it can also happen earlier, but, I really wouldn't expect it already with the upcoming Cubase 12, which will be relased some time in February).

    NI is on a good way to have most of its portfolio ported to VST3 though. Actually, it's interesting how many companies quickly released a VST3 version of their plugins in the last 2 years or so... I wouldn't be surprised if Steinberg contacted most of them, and made it clear that their products will soon only support VST3. Frankly, from their view point, it's kind of obvious that they had to make that move sooner or later. I think the last version of the VST2 SDK hails from 2006.

  • Magic Russ
    Magic Russ Member Posts: 4 Sine

    There are. The Mod and Crush FX, Raum, Replika, Kontakt, Massive X, and Super 8 are among those with VST 3 versions available. If you want to see which plugins you have which are VST3, simply go to the VST3 directory on your computer and you will find them there.

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI BerlinAdministrator Posts: 672 admin

    @r.u.sirius Check out this article Jeremy posted above where we list all the plugins that are available in VST3: VST3 Compatibility of Native Instruments Plug-ins

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