Cubase 12 and VST2 support?

the standard is a very old one,
Steinberg promotes the transformation to VST3 since years, already

Are you sure that you have read all my post and, especially, what is related to the the backwards compatibility ?

are you sure that you understand what @Matthias_Quellmann was saying?
VST2.4 is outdated since years and Steinberg supports the vendors since years with the transformation to VST3.
and by now, only the M1 Mac’s are affected from VST2 incompatibility.


I perfectly understood what Matthias said and actually, you don’t answer my inquiry about the backwards compatibility. FYI, the VST 2.4 (2006) has been released AT THE SAME TIME as the VST 3.0 one :

… this, to assure the needed management with what was already existing. I’m not going to endless debates : what I see from Matthias answer is that Steinberg is ready to ditch the VST 2.4 support (it has already starting with the Apple M1 based configurations). Point taken : again, I’ll prioritize my instruments over Cubase. As simple as that…


Just for a better understanding: which instruments exactly are you talking about?

As I said previously (and seeable in my previous screenshot) :

  • Emulator X3
  • Camel Audio Alchemy v 1.55
  • 4Front True pianos v 1.95
  • BFD3 v
  • GSi VB3 v 1.4.1
  • Sylenth 1 v 2.21
  • Loomer Stings 2.5.4

Are you planning to buy a M1 Mac?


Surely not. What is this question for ?

Than you are not affected from unsupported VST2 plugins in the near future…
and you can still use older Cubase versions for compatibility…



Thanks, but I have already the first post of @Matthias_Quellmann. What I’m wondering about is what will happen beyond Cubase 12. Is that so difficult to grasp ?

Your list looks like an old rusty car.
For VB3,4Front, BFD are alternatives on the market, Google is your friend.
The lost of Camel Audio is annoying but it’s a fact. you can use Alchemy in Logic, which can load your Alchemy extensions. Another alternative is Omnisphere, which is in excellent condition incl. maintenance.

this will be pure speculation…
and I guess @Matthias_Quellmann will not answer this question at the moment…

Yep, old and gold rusty car still going ahead…
FWIW, I’m under Windows : no Logic workaround possible. Beside this, none (including Ominsphere) will give me the same sounds (mainly, Alchemy ones) I am used to and retrievable from past projects. And, beside this, Google is certainly not my friend…

I also guessed it. I’ll see what is coming from Steinberg headquarters. Simply, and all my previous posts were about it, as soon as Steinberg ditches the VST 2.4 support, I’ll stop supporting Cubase : as simple as that…


In my opinion we should be more mad at all those plugin vendors, that, since years until this day didn’t care enough about their customers and adapt to the next generation protocol to give us all the benefits that come with VST3.

I was waiting forever for eg. Native Instruments which is a big player to finally go the VST3 route. Same for some other big companies… Though, there are still new or upgraded plugins released that are VST2.x exlcusive.

This irritates me more and it’s good something is finally happening on this side.


Being unhappy about old software not being supported is like complaining when the tide comes in. It will always happen at some point.

Steinberg have supported VST2 for much longer than they intended to. Perhaps this move will encourage the last stragglers to convert. I’m glad to see Kontakt 6 is now VST 3.


There are developers out there who were smart enough to register as VST2 developers before Steinberg stopped that. Any one of them would now have a fairly trivial time releasing a WRAPPER that could easily allow VST2 plugins to be loaded in VST3 hosts. If any of them cared enough to do so.

This sounds like it would eliminate your concerns, as it would mine: I’m a developer planning to release a host, and being unable to support VST2 puts me at a significant disadvantage (forever) next to any of the existing DAWs that had VST2 support. Only because I am doing it later. All of those developers, of Reaper, Cakewalk, FL Studio, etc., etc., etc., can continue to support VST2 as long as they want, and none of them - besides Steinberg - would ever have any reason to drop that support.

There are many VST2 plugins that people still use that have never been released as VST3, and others for which the VST3 versions still have problems. The market, producers, developers, musicians - none of those people prefer not to have the option to use VST2. Only Steinberg.

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If you dislike the VST3 plugins you can still use AU-V1, RTAS, DX or AAX32 plugins instead…or not?

This sums rather well the issue. And yes, I know, C12 won’t be affected on an Intel based system, ya da, ya da. What I’m wondering about is what will happen/is planned AFTER it…

You asked for the instruments I was concerned about. In answer, I listed them here (post # 12), 17 days ago. So, I’m still hoping that I’ll get a comment in return from you. Thanks in advance…

Loomer Strings already supports VST3. All the others, but Sylenth, are not actively developed any more I guess. Our VST team is working with a lot of companies that are actively developing their products and want to switch to VST3 like i.e Native Instruments. But we can’t help companies that are out of business. I understand that currently if feels like Steinberg is the only DAW that stops supporting VST2 out of sudden, but all DAWs have the same problem. Supporting and maintaining VST2 requires resources that could also be used for other projects. It needs quality assurance and engineering resources, but also support, since a high share of our Cubase support cases are caused by faulty 3rd party VST2 plug-ins. Sooner or later all DAWs will drop VST2 support in favour of future-proof technologies and I don’t think that you could blame the DAW manufactures for it.

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A couple of things regarding general VST 3 support:

  • Soundtoys, which had been silent for a long time and made many users worry about their future plans, have finally announced that their complete suite will support VST 3 very soon:

  • A month ago I inquired Joao, the guy behind JBridge, about a possible update to his software to include VST 3, so we could wrap VST 2 plugins as VST 3 once Cubase stops supporting the VST 2.4 protocol. He wasn’t very convinced about the idea at this point, though, so we’ll have to wait and see.
    Another alternative to do this could be Wusik X42, which currently allows VST 2 <> VST 3 bridging, but doesn’t seem to be very stable and is only available for Windows.