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  1. Member Soopafresh's Avatar
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    Audacity is a great sound editor and with VST plugin effects you can make your final edits and mixes sound even better.

    VST plugins are high quality sound processing modules, often far better than the ones included in Audacity. There are hundreds of free ones which you can use to enhance your audio. - Noise Reduction, Compressors, De-Essers, Spectral Enhancers- you name it. There are links to some of the better ones towards the bottom of this post to get you started.

    Requirements: Audacity v1.3 or greater

    How to Install:

    1) Download the Audacity VST Enabler and place the vst-bridge.DLL into your audacity plugins folder. http://audacityteam.org/vst/


    2) Download your VST plugins of choice and place their respective DLLs into the same plugins folder.


    3) Start Audacity, and Voila



    * Important Note * If you add or remove any VST plugins, set Audacity to search for VST plugins each time the app is started



    Recommended VST Plugins

    LSHS Corrective EQ - The LSHSEQ is designed to restore the musicality that may have been lost during recording, or post effects processing. With the LSHSEQ, your mixes will sound bright, punchy and clear
    http://www.acmebargig.com/lshs/


    W1 Audio Limiter - Considered the best free limiter out there
    http://www.betabugsaudio.com/dl.php?id=9


    'Electri-Q' - This is a kick @ss EQ, primarily because of the slew of presets. Just get it!
    http://www.aixcoustic.com/index.php/Electri-Q-posihfopit/30/0/


    boost- I like this one a lot. Simple to use, sounds really good.
    boost is a dual-band, parallel compression effect that enhances your audio by boosting the lows and highs whilst still letting some of the original signal through to get a nice blend.
    http://www.delamancha.co.uk/boost.htm


    ANTRESS MODERN PLUGINS -A dozen very good audio processing plugins, perhaps a bit overwhelming if you're just starting to get a taste of VST goodness.
    http://antress.myweb.hinet.net/



    Those who want to understand the difference between compressors, multiband compressors and limiters should read this
    http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/compressor-gain-control-principles/


    The "Mother Lode" of free VST Plugins:

    http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=adv&soft[]=e&type[]=19&type[]=23&type[]=22&type[]=18&type[]=78&type[]=69&type[]=80&f[]=vst&win=1&free=1&sf=0&receptor=&de=0&sort=1&rpp=1 00
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    Nice and brief. Unfortunately the zip link doesn't work.
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    I guess the free antress vst plugins zip is enormous? It seems to be hard to find on the net. No torrent either. I maybe could mirror it.
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    Originally Posted by guns1inger
    Nice and brief. Unfortunately the zip link doesn't work.
    Better to link to the web page: http://antress.myweb.hinet.net/

    The zip is linked at the top of the page, 20.2 MB, it works from there.
    (Why the hell is it a RAR inside a zip???)

    Probably needs a referrer from the site.
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    I tried that also but it didn't work. But now it does. Adding a mirror:

    antress-modern-plugins-fullpack4850.zip
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  6. Member Soopafresh's Avatar
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    Thanks, sorry for the link problems
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    1) I don't have an "effects" portion in my preferences.
    2) I don't see any kind of interface (knobs, faceplace, etc).
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    The problem with Audacity and VST plugins, is you only get a few seconds of preview. Wavosaur is also free and is a better candidate for VST plugins in my opinion. You can preview the full song as you make adjustments.
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    Originally Posted by racer-x
    The problem with Audacity and VST plugins, is you only get a few seconds of preview. Wavosaur is also free and is a better candidate for VST plugins in my opinion. You can preview the full song as you make adjustments.
    I noticed that too.
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    Originally Posted by hech54
    1) I don't have an "effects" portion in my preferences.
    2) I don't see any kind of interface (knobs, faceplace, etc).
    You need v1.3 beta.

    Nice guide Soopafresh.
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    Well at least the VTS plugins work on Reaper so it wasn't a total loss....
    Thanks for the plugins!!!!
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    Originally Posted by hech54
    Well at least the VTS plugins work on Reaper so it wasn't a total loss....
    There's no reason not to upgrade to 1.3.x (currently 1.3.11), at least to try it.
    The "beta" designation of 1.3 is pretty conservative.
    A very few people have had instabilites, but you'll find that out immediately and can revert.
    Otherwise there are many improvements and enhancements over 1.2.

    1.4 is coming "soon".


    Originally Posted by racer-x
    The problem with Audacity and VST plugins, is you only get a few seconds of preview.
    Edit/Preferences/Playback/Length of preview.

    Default is 5 seconds, change it to whatever you want.

    If I want a longer preview I select a region, apply the effect, play it, and Control-Z to undo.
    That way I can also see the change in the waveform, which can be helpful, the "preview" doesn't do that.
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    AlanHK wrote:
    Edit/Preferences/Playback/Length of preview.

    Default is 5 seconds, change it to whatever you want.

    If I want a longer preview I select a region, apply the effect, play it, and Control-Z to undo.
    That way I can also see the change in the waveform, which can be helpful, the "preview" doesn't do that.
    Yeah, I figured that out after I made my post. You still have to wait till it renders before preview.

    Great guide just the same! You can also use these VST plugins in Vegas as well as other audio editors that support VST plugins.
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    Originally Posted by racer-x
    Yeah, I figured that out after I made my post. You still have to wait till it renders before preview.
    If you could preview without rendering, that would be pretty amazing.
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    there anyway i could get the lame mp3 decoder?
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    ??? click on the highlighted link in your post and d/l then install it?

    next time make your own thread. don't dig up old posts that have nothing to do with your problem.
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    never mind lmao
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    Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    ??? click on the highlighted link in your post and d/l then install it?

    next time make your own thread. don't dig up old posts that have nothing to do with your problem.
    well sir im new... that was my first post ever... im sorry that i offended u thank you and have a good nite
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    Originally Posted by spm12 View Post
    Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    ??? click on the highlighted link in your post and d/l then install it?

    next time make your own thread. don't dig up old posts that have nothing to do with your problem.
    well sir im new... that was my first post ever... im sorry that i offended u thank you and have a good nite
    howdy and welcome to the forum! a little late i know. try reading the rules before posting next time. ????

    ok so i've been around for years and even i can't find the rules anymore to link to them for you.... sorry/
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    Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    Originally Posted by spm12 View Post
    Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    ??? click on the highlighted link in your post and d/l then install it?

    next time make your own thread. don't dig up old posts that have nothing to do with your problem.
    well sir im new... that was my first post ever... im sorry that i offended u thank you and have a good nite
    howdy and welcome to the forum! a little late i know. try reading the rules before posting next time. ????

    ok so i've been around for years and even i can't find the rules anymore to link to them for you.... sorry/
    ill keep that in mind thanx
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