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What Is PdVst?

PdVst? is a software system that allows Pd patches to run as VST plugins.

How it Works

PdVst? consists of two main parts, a VST plugin and a custom version of Pd. When a PdVst? plugin is opened by the host application, a setup file is read to determine information about the plugin, such as the Pd patch file to use, the number of parameters, etc., and the custom version of Pd is started and opens the Pd patch file whose name was found in the setup file.


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  • Copy the pdvst folder to the directory that contains the application (e.g. Cubase.exe) that you want to use PdVst? with (e.g. c:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase VST\)
  • Copy your .pdv, .pd, and any dependant Pd external .dll library files to the pdvst directory.
  • Copy your plugin .dll file (e.g. Pd_Gain.dll) to the vst plugins directory for the application (e.g. c:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase VST\VstPlugins?\)

To create your own plugin, copy and rename Pd_Gain.dll or Pd_Synth.dll and create a .pdv setup file with the same name.

Here is the updated version 0.4. (2016).

Follow and for instructions on how to run it.

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