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I'm wondering if there are any VST plugins out there that are designed to play (not sample) a .wav file exactly how it was recorded without any changes at all. I'm using a live VST host, so you can't just dump the .wav in the DAW and play it, it has to be played directly from the host using a VST plugin. There are samplers like these ( that work, but they seem really complex and are designed to distort the original sound instead of reproducing it faithfully. Also, they all require a MIDI keyboard to trigger the sound.

So are there any (free) VST plugins that do this task? Preferably, they can be controlled by the mouse without an external MIDI device.

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This is quite trivial to write with something like SynthMaker. Actually I think I have done it sometime. I could send you the VST (not right now, though... SynthMaker isn't exactly GNU/Linux-friendly) if you don't find another one. – leftaroundabout Jun 18 '13 at 13:32
I've been looking around for several days and can't find anything that does not need a MIDI controller (I don't have one yet) and can be directly controlled with the mouse. If you have the VST, please send it to me. – Jun 19 '13 at 17:23
So I got myself around to opening that project, and exported it as a VST .dll. But loading that in a DAW kind of just blew up the whole system... sorry. I suppose I could fix it, but I don't intend to spend much time on that, at least not now. – leftaroundabout Jun 21 '13 at 10:54
What is the usage of this: are you using an amp sim w/ASIO drivers and want a way to play MP3 files (etc) the same speakers you are using for the instrument? – horatio Jun 21 '13 at 18:57
@the_stackX You ought to add that as an answer! – Warrior Bob Jun 24 '13 at 19:10

You could try the Rehearse VST plugin. This plugin supports wave playback triggered by midi events and mouse clicks. The plugin is free.


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here is the magical wav sound player VsWavPlayer not easy to find, but there it is now, you can add 3 or 4 in your daw as well, does the job, plays your original wav file without distorting it

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