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 (in addition to VST 2.4, AAX, Audio Units)
  • Ready for Big Sur!
  • 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.

The 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.

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

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