Image Line has released a public beta version of Minihost Modular, a forthcoming freeware modular VST/AU plugin host for Windows and Mac.
Minihost Modular is a modular environment for hosting/interconnecting VST/AU plugins based on a custom modular engine especially developed for this purpose. As a standalone, Minihost Modular can be used as an advanced VST or AU host with modular routing with some sequencing recording/playback capabilities.
Minihost Modular is available for free download via Image Line (17.62 MB download size, ZIP archive, available as standalone + 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).
The Mac beta version of Minihost Modular has not been released yet, however it is planned for release in the future.
Please note that you’ll need to be logged in to your Image Line user account in order to download your copy of Minihost Modular. The registration process is completely free and only requires a working email address.
Available both in standalone and VST/AU plugin formats, this is a rather unique host application on the freeware scene. Even though Minihost Modular is still in beta, the introductory video embedded below shows that this is already a very powerful piece of software.
Minihost Modular is somewhat similar to the Patcher modular plugin which is available in FL Studio. Owners of Image Line’s flagship DAW will notice that Minihost Modular shares most of the features with Patcher, however it can also be used as an independent standalone VST/AU plugin host.
The current version of the beta is stable and completely functional. It loaded all the plugins in my VST plugin folder without issues. I’ve noticed that the CPU hit is a bit high, but this is probably something that Image Line will fix in the final version.
At the moment, the application offers chaining of different 3rd party instruments and effects using virtual cables, basic sequencing and mixing, as well as automation. The most amazing thing, though, is that Minihost Modular will remain free even after the final version is released!
Minihost Modular has now been added to our HUGE round-up of the best freeware VST host programs. Do you like the idea of having a modular VST plugin host at your disposal? Is it something you’d be using in your studio or on stage?
Check out the Minihost Modular demo video:
Download Minihost Modular: click here