VST Hosting

Set up your VST folders in the Browser.

Note: energyXT2 doesn't do any kind of plugin scanning. The list of VSTs is only filtered by the file extension. This allows for a very fast startup time, but doesn't protect you against loading a bad VST. It's recommended to save your project before loading any new weird VST plugins for the first time.

VST plugins in energyXT2 are recognized by filename. When energyXT2 can't find a VST plugin used in a project you're opening, it will tell you the name of the missing plugin and ask if you want to setup your plugin folders. Then you can direct energyXT2 to the correct folder to look in, or rename the plugin to the name used in the project. After closing the setup window, the project will either load correctly, or it will tell you about missing plugins again if there are any more.

If you don't have the plugin, click Cancel. The project will be loaded with a placeholder, which you can replace with another plugin, or leave in the project until you can locate the correct plugin.

Plugin Automation

EnergyXT2 supports good automation of VST plugins, depending on what support for automation the specific plugin provides. After you have loaded a VST plugin onto a track, you expand the track by clicking the triangle and then click on the + sign which opens the automation sub-menu and there at the bottom of the list there are the plugin's specific parameters that can be automated. From there on the automation track behaves as with any other parameter.

You can also automate a plugins parameter via GUI, by moving plugin's knobs or sliders during recording. You can see the recorded automation in the automation subtrack if you manually select it and make it visible as described above in previous chapter.

Write more details here (GUI-less plugin handling, mono/stereo issues, preset/bank support, midi channels, where to drag & drop, etc.)

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