Plugin

The plugin is currently supported on macOS, Windows and Linux as VST2, VST3, AAX and AudioUnit (on macOS only). 

With the AudioGridder FX plugin you can plug a remote insert effect chain into your DAW’s channel inserts. From there you can insert any FX plugin available on the connected server.

Instruments work similarly. Create a software instrument track in your DAW and select the AudioGridder plugin as instrument. Now you can load any of the instrument plugins available on the server.

Each AudioGridder plugin instance will connect to a single remote server instance. But each separate loaded plugin instance can connect to a different server, so you can connect to multiple servers from your DAW at the same time.

DAW with AudioGridder Plugins

Installation
  1. Install the PKG on macOS or the Setup EXE on Windows. For Linux you have to extract the VST2/VST3 binaries into your plugin folders.
  2. Run your DAW and insert the AudioGridder plugin.
  3. The plugin will discover servers on the same network automatically via mDNS. If that does not work for you, you can add your server endpoint(s) (IP or DNS name) by clicking the server icon (this needs to be done only once, as the server settings will be shared with new plugin instances)
    Note: Server and client have to be able to directly reach each other. This is because the server will have to connect the client at initialization time.
  4. Add remote plugins.
The Plugin Window
  1. Server menu: Select the server to connect to, change the buffer size, let the server rescan for new plugins.
  2. Plugin settings: Change settings like the zoom factor, activate the generic editor or plugin monitor, enable tracing etc.
  3. Add an insert: Search for plugins by entering parts of the name, company or category.
  4. Quick controls: Move inserts up/down or remove them.
  5. A/B settings: Compare adjustments easily by switching back and forth between changes.
  6. Screen capturing controls: Switch to fullscreen to capture the entire server remote screen, or increase/decrease the capturing area incrementally.
  7. Bypass: Enable/disable bypass

Editing Plugin Parameters

There are multiple ways to adjust the parameters of a remote plugin:

Screen Capturing

The server will capture the plugin UI and stream it to the client. You can use your mouse and keyboard to edit plugin parameters as with any other plugin running locally within your DAW.

Presets

If a plugin is offering presets, you can access them via the insert context menu.

Generic Editor

A generic editor allows direct access to the plugin parameters without rendering the plugin UI.

Automation

Finally you can automate parameters. To use this feature, you have to assign plugin parameters to AG automation slots:

Per default AG supports 16 slots per plugin instance. If this does not suit your needs, you can extend this number to whatever you need by adjusting the AG plugin configuration file. Set the value of parameter “NumberOfAutomationSlots” to your desired number.

Plugin Monitor

The plugin monitor allows for quickly getting an overview of the loaded AudioGridder plugin instances and their connection state and latency. If a plugin is disconnected, the monitor opens automatically (this can be disabled).

Configuration File

Here you can do manual config changes or edit parameters, that have no UI. Note: You should not have any plugins loaded, while editing this file.

Version 1.1-beta9+:

macOS / Linux:

~/.audiogridder/audiogridderplugin.cfg

Windows:

C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\AudioGridder\audiogridderplugin.cfg

Version 1.1-beta8 and older:

macOS / Linux:

~/.audiogridder

Windows:

C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\.audiogridder