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 (http://www.madtracker.org/plugins.php?category=instrument&subcategory=Sample+player) 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.

  • 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. Jun 18, 2013 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.
    – user7343
    Jun 19, 2013 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. Jun 21, 2013 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, 2013 at 18:57
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    @the_stackX You ought to add that as an answer! Jun 24, 2013 at 19:10

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

See: http://www.fatbee.nl


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 http://www.vstream.be/Vsti.html

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