You could add Audiomulch to your list of things to try.
It’s what I usually use as a VST host.
Not free, but it does a whole load of other stuff too and I like the way it exposes the VST parameters for manipulation by midi (or indeed its internal modulation sources).
There’s a free demo: http://www.audiomulch.com
I’m not sure that Audacity can process live audio. If it does, I’ve never tested it. For reference, the hosts that get tested the most here are:
JUCE Plugin Host
JUCE Plugin Host
I have been also testing in Reaper a little lately to fix some timing issues that came up. It’s not the easiest instrument plugin host to use, but if you’re mostly doing audio recording I would definitely look into it.
The JUCE Plugin Host is not a full-featured program, but it starts up quickly and is very handy because of that. Unfortunately you can only get it by downloading JUCE and compiling it. I would have to read the current JUCE license carefully to know if distributing it as binary is allowed.
I don’t yet offer a native Linux version of Aalto but I want to.
Could someone explain to me how to get Aalto running with VSThost?
I tried with Ableton, didn’t get it to work and with VSTHOST, I have no idea what to do.
I admit that I am a dumb person when it comes to technology.
Any help is appreciated
Find your aalto.dll (wherever you installed it) and drag it into the VSTHost screen. It’ll show up as a small box. In the top right of that box is a little knob looking icon, if you hover over it’ll say ‘Plugin Edit’ click that and the beautiful Aalto interface will open up.
As a quick test I would suggest clicking on the preset selector (center top) then navigate to Alessandros’ Machines and pick any one.