I thought it worth starting to compile a list of VST2 only plugins. I think it would be good to see the size of the problem.
I’m ignoring the fact that for some plugs the VST2 version is more stable than the VST3 here’s my list below.
Soundtoys - although they claim to be working on VST3 versions for months/years.
Toontrack - all plugins - likely to get an upgrade at some point ?
Native Instrument - various such as abysynth / reaktor / Battery - some are likely to be updated
Rayzoon Jamstix - who knows if this will ever get a substantial update ?
AudioEase Alitverb / Indoor / Speakerphone 2 - updates historically very slow from AudioEase
Black Rooster Audio plugs
Gforce synths - all of them and some haven’t been updated for years
Lexicon plugins - unlikely to be ever upgraded
U-he - the few VST3 I have are a bit broken and they are advising to use VST2
Air plugins - glad to see the back of them !
UVI workstation - VST3 update likely.
VPROM - I can’t imagine we’ll see an update for that.
BFD3 - although that’s broken for lots of reasons
XLN AD1 - AD2 - AK - X0 etc
Ivory - hasn’t seen an update for years unlikely to ever make it to VST3
It’s impossible to know what will be upgraded to VST3 and if there will be free or paid updates
Kush Audio - some VST2, some VST3, I think. Haven’t heard anything about migration plans.
PSPAudio - Migration in progress
SKNote - unlikely to be updated
SonicCharge - haven’t heard anything about VST3
Toneboosters V3 plugins - won’t be updated
and lots of older freeware gems the most likely won’t ever be updated.
re Black Rooster Audio -I think they once said the were working on a new internal framework (which probably means VST3 support)
I can’t imagine that - usually developers have a hard time selling an update that is “just” a format update, same as no one charges for the updates regularly required on MacOS because of some changes Apple does. Although all those things can be more (and frustrating) work that the DSP itself…
I’d have no problem though paying a small update fee, as I got their whole bundle for really cheap.
Great to see NI recently providing Kontakt 6 as a VST3, but still no VST3 versions of Battery, FM8, Guitar Rig or Reaktor 6.
Although wherever possible over recent years I have consciously avoided plugin manufacturers that don’t provide VST3 versions of their plugins, some stuff I just couldn’t avoid (Komplete being one). Try finding an alternative to Reaktor, for example, given the investment in learning it!
Oh! I stand corrected then . When the upgrade offer first came around, I enquired and was told there was no VST3 at that time – I’ll check out the “free” one as I’ve missed the upgrade period now and would have to buy again.
All of plugins which I use (Arturia, Fabfilter, Wavesfactory, U-He, Spectrasonics, Valhalla, Native instruments Kontakt) have VST3 versions. Btw Which of U-He have broken VST3? I got Diva, Zebra, Satin and all works well honestly…
I sent an email to LexiconPro Support asking about the VST3 situation and received an answer back to the effect that software engineering is currently working on VST3 support for the plugins but they do not currently have a projected release date.
Metaplugin, PatchWork & Unify all work in VSLsVEP7 for various VSTi, which are VST3 only, so this should work for VST2 only plugins…
btw it’s a bit hit&miss, I think Equator2 gave me the most trouble; only working in Unify, but that might be my setup.