Is there any VST plugin out there that is capable of loading other VST plugins (effects) ?

A free one, if possible :P

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    You mean, it should simply load a chain of VSTs and use them as if they'd been loaded directly by the DAW? Why would you want that? If your DAW has something like a maximum number of plugins restriction, it's a broken design, get a better one. For instance, Reaper. Mar 9, 2013 at 10:20
  • it's not really a daw, it's a foobar plugin that is supposed to let foobar load vst plugins, but not all vsts work, so i was thinking to load a working vst effect that can chain other effects...
    – Annie
    Mar 9, 2013 at 22:03
  • If not all VSTs work because they require API calls the primary VST host doesn't support, you'll still encounter incompatibility further down the chain. And, instead of a graceful fail, fb will probably just crash. FWIW, I use George Yohng's VST Wrapper for Foobar player v1.2 with my fb2k installs, and it works great for just about everything. With LOADS of VSTs Foobar can take longer to start as the wrapper parses all of your plugins, but I hardly ever close foobar ;) Mar 11, 2013 at 5:39
  • For migration to SD please Tim
    – Rory Alsop
    Jan 27, 2014 at 16:11

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Unfortunately not free, but the following two options have worked for me in the past:

Xlutop Chainer

Energy-XT which can be used as a VST plugin, or a DAW in its own right. I use it as both, as there's a Linux version, and I love it.

  • Additional comment, as the automated link police wouldn't let me include this in my reply above: There are a few more options here, but I haven't tried many of them as the two above have been enough for my needs. KvR Search - Plugin Chainer/Rack effects
    – jordinja
    Apr 2, 2013 at 13:25

Try Plogue Bidule. There is a trial of the standalone version which can really do amazing things, the paid plugin version can host other plugins.

  • Plogue Bidule is overkill for the questioner's intended use, but it's a modular Swiss Army knife for audio production and performance. Jan 16, 2014 at 5:33

These plugins load other plugins:

Blue Cat Audio Patchworks (€59 / $79 excl. VAT)

DDMF Metaplugin ($49)


If there is another plug-in format supported, you could try a VST wrapper and see if that helps. I know FXExpansion makes one for VSTs, but again, your host would have to support something other than VSTs.


You could write your own hosting plug-in. This paper explains the architecture:



The best plugin host I can think of would be from Steinberg themselves who were the inventors of VST:


Download this: VST 3.6.0 Audio Plug-Ins SDK

Unzip it and there will be the vst host executable in the bin folder. I test out most of the plugins I write using this. And it is quite amazing.

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