Opus 1

I just realised that Studio One Prime doesn’t support third-party plug-ins. That means that I can’t use EastWest’s VSTs on it.

I only realised this after I downloaded all the libraries and tried to add them to Studio One Prime. It said on Hollywood Strings’ specification page that the VST was compatible with versions 2 or higher of Studio One. My Studio One Prime’s version is at 3, so I assumed that it could use Hollywood Strings even my DAW was freeware.

It turns out that it isn’t so. Perhaps I should have double-checked with PreSonus, the manufacturer of Studio One—but really, isn’t it enough to check one trustworthy source? I have half a mind to contact EastWest’s support and tell them to update their specifications tables.

It’s not a complete setback, but it does mean than I’ll have to buy a DAW. (If Studio One Prime turned out to be compatible with EastWest’s VSTs, I wasn’t going to buy one, ever.) Since DAWs aren’t cheap, I’ll need to shop carefully, which means that I’ll have to do some research before I choose one. And that means I won’t make the actual purchase for a while.

Meanwhile, I’ll be installing the trial version of Studio One Professional to run EastWest’s VSTs. My one-month subscription of Composer Cloud is ticking away, and I don’t want to while it away just agonising over a DAW! Besides which, I’m dying to hear what my music sounds like with Hollywood Orchestra. I actually woke early this morning to check if the orchestra had finished downloading because I was so excited. Haven’t done that since I was a young girl waking up on Christmas.

2 thoughts on “Opus 1

  1. That sucks, I know the freeware composing software tends to have limitations. You may want to look into using Reaper! It’s free to download, no strings attached, like all of the features are available for free and it can handle midi and Eastwest VSTs. It’ll prompt you to purchase a license for it, but you never have to, and even if you do want to buy it, I believe it’s only 68 USD. But not buying a copy will never restrict you from using all of it’s features. I use it and like it a lot!


    • I just spent some time on Google looking for a free or cheap DAW with no feature restrictions, and I found Reaper. Then I came back to my website and read this comment.

      Next time, I’ll check my comments before I go off to do research. Thank you, Crystal. From what you said, I think Reaper might be my DAW.


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