Which to use, VST or DX?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by DrD2005, May 27, 2006.

  1. DrD2005

    DrD2005 Active Member

    Feb 6, 2005
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    I notice that some Plugins can install both DX and VST version of the same plugin.
    Which version is "better" to use for recording, and for mixing?
    Better=less system resource intensive, memory CPU, etc...
    Do I need both versions?

  2. nihility0000

    nihility0000 Guest

    there are good plugs in both formats. and with some of your more higher end plugs, you can select which format to install.

    in my opinion, i doesnt really matter which way you go.... they always have those freeware programs to convert your plugs... and some recording software comes with one (ex: sonar producer 5.0, samplitude, and alot more)

    now when you get into software synths or samplers, i go with VSTi, (for some reason i just think they sound better.)
    but of course this could be just a placebo effect as most of the really good soft synths come in VSTi format.

    some one please correct me if i am wrong, but as far as plugs go i really dont see or hear a difference between VST and DX.
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I use DX since it's the default protocol for Sonar, but the VST wrapper in Sonar does work very well. I have a decent assortment of VST plugs, but they do seem to use more resources from my experience. I tend to use them mostly on buses for submixes.
  4. DrD2005

    DrD2005 Active Member

    Feb 6, 2005
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    Thanx... so which?

    Hi thanx for the reply... I've been looking at a lot of plugins recently.
    So which is less resource intensive? Or do they both use the same?
    I have a program to convert VST's to DX, etc...
  5. dterry

    dterry Active Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    I doubt there would be much or any difference in cpu load between the VST and DX versions of the same plugin in most cases.

    With a VST based host, VST plugins would be the preferrable way to go. At one time there wasn't delay compensation for DX plugins for some VST hosts, but I don't think that is an issue with Nuendo and Cubase SX at least. Automation of plugin parameters might be the only difference - available in most VST hosts, but not for DX plugins in those hosts (I use VST plugins 98% of the time, so I haven't tried automating a DX plugin in Nuendo recently to know if this has changed).

    Sonar probably provides the most DX-friendly environment. With most VST-DX wrappers, you can usually run either. On a very minor difference, VST plugins are easier to manage as they are just .dll files in a folder, where DX plugins are registered in WinXP's registry - hence you need a DX plugin manager (of which there are some freeware apps around) to fully remove DX plugins. Not a big deal though.
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