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While I generally work in Pro Tools for sound design projects, occasionally I wish to process a sound using a plug-in which is only available as an Audio Unit.
Inevitably I have to fire up Logic or Soundtrack Pro in order to access the plugins, however I find that it slows down my workflow having to using such fully featured DAWs for such a simple task, when I'll be bringing the processed audio file back into Pro Tools anyway.
So, my question is in two parts:
Does anyone know of a very lightweight audio unit host that can load a sound file, process, and export it? It wouldn't need many features, so inexpensive or open-source/free would be good too!
Would other people in the community find a utility like this helpful? - As I haven't been able to find something that quite does what I'm looking for, I thought I'd have a go at putting together a little app myself, that simply loads an audio file, processes it, and outputs a processed version. If anyone is interested in trying the app out, I'd be really interested to hear if it would be useful to the community to develop it further - it can be downloaded from http://goo.gl/6d8N2 (Dropbox link). It's still very rough around the edges, but the basic functionality should work (OS X only at this point, I'm afraid).
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If you install the CoreAudio SDK (assuming you're on a Mac) you get a host called "AU Lab". Find it at /Developer/Applications/Audio. This is the most lightweight host you'll find that we AU developers use for testing the AUs without the hassle of starting Logic.
The one that immediately springs to mind is Rax. It's purely an AU/VST host with basic mixing and metering abilities - no audio playback/editing. Rax has a long history and at one point was free, but it's now a $79 commercial app. I can see it working nicely with Jack/Soundflower. I'm looking for something similar but just for allowing me to stick audio units in front of my Skype audio input.
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