Valhalla Updates: VST3, Big Sur, 64-bits

We have officially updated all of the Valhalla plugins for autumn 2020! The changes across the plugin line:

  • VST3 for Mac (in addition to VST 2.4, AAX, Audio Units)
  • VST3 for Windows (in addition to VST 2.4 and AAX)
  • Ready for Big Sur! The updates also work on OS 10.9 through macOS 10.15, as well as 64-bit Windows 7/8/10.
  • Signed and notarized installers for Macs
  • Signed installers for Windows, with better default paths for VST2.4 and VST3
  • 64-bit only

It turns out that Big Sur breaks compatibility with some APIs that the older Valhalla plugin builds were using. The current plugins have been built with the latest Juce APIs, the latest VST3 SDK, and the latest AAX SDK, so these should work for Macs running OS 10.8 through Big Sur.

So, if you are running Big Sur, be sure to download the latest plugin installers from your user account! These updates aren’t just for Big Sur; they should run on OS 10.9 through macOS 10.15 as well.

The Big Sur updates are currently for Intel Macs only. These will run on the new Apple Silicon Macs, running Rosetta 2. Our current plan is to create native Apple Silicon ports in Q1 2021.

The latest Valhalla plugin updates are 64-bit only. We’ve always said that we’ll keep 32-bit plugins building as long as we can, and, well, we’ve reached the end of the line. The modern toolkits needed to build plugins for Big Sur (and the upcoming Apple Silicon machines) make it pretty much impossible to continue to build 32-bit versions. In addition, the 32/64-bit installers can cause Cubase to get confused, which is tiresome for everyone involved. So all Valhalla plugins from here on out are going to be 64-bit only.

We’ll keep the last 32/64-bit legacy installers up for anyone who needs to keep running 32-bit versions, but would recommend that people install the latest & greatest unless they are 100% sure they need 32-bit versions. The newest installers are the ones in the top of the list for each plugin in your user account; the older installers are called “Legacy.”

Enjoy the new plugin builds, and have a safe autumn!

Comments (8)

  • Christopher Thake

    Awesome news on the VST3
    Thanks guys 🙂

  • Kevin

    Will your plugins work on the Arm-powered Macs?

    • Sean Costello

      Yes, as they run in Rosetta on Apple Silicon. This has been verified by people running the ARM powered Mac development kits. We will be porting to Apple Silicon in the next quarter.

  • BM


    Just wondering how I can update the plug ins to make them compatible with the Big Sur update? Is it a manual process or an automatic one?

    • Sean Costello

      Download the installers from your user account, run the installers. It’s a manual process.

  • Kieron

    Thanks for the quick update. Appreciated

  • Jørgen

    So this is for MAC users only?

    • Sean Costello

      We’ve added VST3 for both Windows and Mac, and have new signed Windows installers, with better default paths for VST2.4 and VST3, as mentioned in the blog post.

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