We live in a world where you can get full featured DAWs for $200, that come with an extensive effects suite. I feel that plugins should not cost more than your DAW. I’d also rather have tools that are available to a wider audience. If the tools are more affordable, more people can use them.
$50 per plugin IS the discount. Here’s why:
I celebrate your success/feel for you, and I continue to believe that a fixed a la carte price is the best way to treat past, present and future customers. My work is always going to be an amazing deal, and it’s always going to be the same price for everyone.
Every Day Is Black Friday At Valhalla DSP!™ Seriously, though, the plugins are $50 each, all year long. $50 per plugin is already a pretty low price.
WHO COMES UP WITH THESE NAMES???!?!?!?! “Cyber Monday” was an embarrassing phrase in the late 1990s. It hasn’t aged any better.
Try the demo and find out! I make demos for every product so that you can try them out on your own system and ears.
Try the demos and see what you think. That being said, here are a few basic suggestions:
I am a big fan of flat design. The minimalist GUIs of the Valhalla plugins were designed to be simple to navigate and easy to use. Mousing over a control brings up tooltip text that is integrated into the GUI design, with the goal being to create a “self documenting” plugin. To me, 2D vector graphics feel more “honest” than photorealistic knobs and fake wood panels. A plugin isn’t a physical thing, so I don’t want to glue a picture of a physical thing onto your screen. The flat GUI IS the “real thing,” and it doesn’t have to exactly resemble something that could exist in the physical world.
A lot of thought, work, and testing goes into these plugins before they are released. Once they’re built, it’s difficult to add new features or parameters without breaking existing DAW projects out there in the world. So, the answer is most likely no.
Here’s the current OS compatibility. Please try out the demos first to make sure everything works on your system:
- Windows: XP (32-bit XP only), Vista, 7, 8, 10.
- OS X: 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12
- Linux: Not supported
YES!!!!!!!!! All of the Valhalla plugins have 64-bit AAX versions, for OSX and Windows. The Valhalla plugins are ready to run in Pro Tools 11! (and Pro Tools 8, 9, and 10)
YES! When you purchase a Valhalla DSP plugin, you can download and install the AAX, VST, AU and RTAS versions, for both OSX and Windows. One purchase covers all of the DAWs that you own and personally use.
Not anymore. The older versions of the plugins were built and tested for PPC and Intel Mac. The latest revisions use a more up-to-date version of Juce (for AAX compatibility), and these Juce changes are no longer compatible with PPC.
No. The demo version is a different build than the full version. When you buy the plugin, I send you a keyfile and the full version of the plugin.
Yes. The demo version and the full versions have the same name, plugin ID, etc.
Just go to the product page of the plugin(s) that you want to buy, and add them to the cart.
You can transfer your license to another person, directly from your user account. In order to do so, both of you need to have user accounts set up at Valhalla DSP. There is no fee for transferring a plugin that has been purchased new from Valhalla DSP (you have to complete the "purchase process" in order for the transfer to go through, but there will be no charge for the initial transfer of the plugin). There is a $10 fee for selling a license that was purchased used (2nd hand) from another user.
Sure! You can purchase a plugin under your own name, and then transfer the plugin to another Valhalla DSP account, free of charge (for the first transfer). You will need to have the intended recipient of the Valhalla plugin create their own Valhalla DSP account before transferring the plugin to them. You have to complete the "purchase process" in order for the transfer to go through, but there will be no charge for the initial transfer of the plugin.
No. When you purchase a Valhalla DSP plugin, you can download and install the AAX, VST, AU and RTAS versions, for both OSX and Windows. One purchase covers all of the DAWs that you own and personally use.
Yes, courtesy of Don Gunn. Check it out!
This is where I lean on the expertise of Don Gunn, producer/mixer/drummer extraordinaire, and a long time user of Logic. Don writes:
If you are having issues with newly installed plug-ins showing up in LogicX, it may be necessary to trash the AudioUnit cache and allow LogicX to rescan your plug-ins when you restart the application. To do this, follow these steps: 1. You need to access the Library directory in your User account; Apple has hidden this since OSX 10.7, so to show the User Library, hold the “Option/Alt” key on your keyboard while clicking the “Go” menu in the Finder menubar. You will see the Library toggle between visible and not if you alternately press/let go of the Option key. 2. Choose “Library” 3. A new Finder window will open with the User Library directory open. 4. Navigate to the following path: Caches/AudioUnitCache 5. In the AudioUnitCache folder is a file called “com.apple.audiounits.cache”; you can trash this file or the entire AudioUnitCache folder. 6. Restart LogicX and the application will rescan all of your installed AudioUnit plug-ins.Thanks, Don!
Nope! I would recommend running the full installer WITHOUT uninstalling the demo version. The “full” installer will overwrite the demo plugin, while preserving any presets and project settings that were created with the demo version.
Yes! Click here for another great tutorial from Don Gunn.
Nope! I use PACE copy protection for my AAX plugins, because this is a requirement of AAX, but I don’t require iLok for any of my other plugin formats.
See above. As of late December 2014, I no longer send out keyfiles manually (which could take up to 24 hours). Instead, your keyfiles and installer links are available in your user account immediately after completing your purchase.
You can install the plugin on as many computers as you own and personally use. None of my plugins “phone home” or rely on internet connectivity for protection, and are not locked to a specific machine ID. I strongly feel that customers should not be treated like potential criminals. Just be sure to remove the license from your computer when you sell that computer. In short, I trust you folks.
I use an XML keyfile, which is posted to your user account as a .vkeyfile. No dongles, no challenge/response.
This has happened a couple of times. Not all the time, but sometimes. If this happens, just use your .vkeyfile keyfile to reauthorize your plugins. You can download the keyfile and the latest installers from your Valhalla DSP user account.
At the end of 2014, we launched a user account system on valhalladsp.com. All customers can log into their user accounts, and download their keyfiles and the latest installers for their plugins. Purchases and license transfers all take place through the user account system.
Nope! You can create a user account without buying anything (although you might as well download ValhallaFreqEcho when you create your account – it’s free!).
Just enter the email you used to create the account here. A link will be sent to your email, allowing you to reset your password.
Yes! As of late February 2015, we have added 4+ years of customer records into the user account system. You should be able to access your licenses with your email address. You will need to request a new password the first time you access your account (the password reset link will be sent to your email address).
This might mean that you purchased your plugins with a different email address. If this is the case, and you no longer have access to your old email, just send me a note via the Support link, and I will get you sorted out within 1-2 business days.
This could indicate that some of your licenses were purchased with a different email address, or that your licenses were purchased second hand (and were not part of the import into the user account system). Whatever the reason, just send me a note via the Support link, and I will get back to you within 1-2 business days.
Sounds like a read/write privileges issue. Make sure that you have read/write privileges for the following folders:
I can’t, as I’m bad at making videos. But Don Gunn has made a great video explaining how to change OSX permissions on the Valhalla DSP presets. You can view it here.
The presets can be found in the Program Data folder, i.e. C:\ProgramData\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaRoom\Factory Presets C:\ProgramData\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaUberMod\Factory Presets C:\ProgramData\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaVintageVerb\Presets\Factory
These are located under the user directory for Room and ÜberMod, i.e. C:\Users\[userName]\AppData\Roaming\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaRoom\User Presets C:\Users\[userName]\AppData\Roaming\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaUberMod\User Presets ValhallaVintageVerb stores the user presets in a location right next to its factory presets: C:\ProgramData\Valhalla DSP, LLC\ValhallaVintageVerb\Presets\User
Select the text of the preset, including the < and > tags at the end of the text. Next, click on the preset name in the GUI, and select “Paste from Clipboard” in the menu.
Click on the preset name in the GUI, and select “Copy to clipboard” from the menu options. You can now paste the preset into an email, a forum post, etc.
ValhallaShimmer was developed before the cross-platform preset system used by ValhallaRoom/ÜberMod/VintageVerb was created. The Shimmer presets can be accessed by the preset management system that is native to your DAW. If you need to install the ValhallaShimmer presets into a particular location, you can grab them here: ValhallaShimmerAUPresets ShimmerPresetsProTools
Hold down the CTRL key (on Windows) or Command key (on OSX) while moving the mouse. You can also use the mouse wheel for fine control over a parameter.
Yes. CTRL+Z for Windows, Command+Z for OSX.
Yes. Click the MIX label above the Mix slider. This will lock the Mix parameter at the current value. You can also change the Mix value after locking it, and it will stay at the same value while browsing through presets.
Drag the lower right corner of the GUI to make it the size you want. Shimmer is not resizeable at this time, but not many people complain about the size.
ValhallaDSP plugins are self documenting. Just roll over the controls to read the tool tip on the bottom left of the plugin. I also write blog posts for each product with product overviews, tips and tricks (see below). If your questions are not answered here, please submit a Support ticket. ValhallaShimmer
ValhallaDSP plugins are self documenting. Just roll over the controls to read the tool tip on the bottom left of the plugin. I also write blog posts for each product with product overviews, tips and tricks (see below). If your questions are not answered here, please submit a Support ticket. ValhallaÜberMod
ValhallaDSP plugins are self documenting. Just roll over the controls to read the tool tip on the bottom left of the plugin. I also write blog posts for each product with product overviews, tips and tricks (see below). If your questions are not answered here, please submit a Support ticket. ValhallaRoom
ValhallaDSP plugins are self documenting. Just roll over the controls to read the tool tip on the bottom left of the plugin. I also write blog posts for each product with product overviews, tips and tricks (see below). If your questions are not answered here, please submit a Support ticket. ValhallaFreqEcho
ValhallaDSP plugins are self documenting. Just roll over the controls to read the tool tip on the bottom left of the plugin. I also write blog posts for each product with product overviews, tips and tricks (see below). If your questions are not answered here, please submit a Support ticket. ValhallaPlate Documentation: ValhallaPlate: The Controls ValhallaPlate: The Reverb Modes Valhalla Plate: Diffusion & Presets About Plates: Characteristics of Reverb Chambers Vs. Plates Physics & Psychophysics of Plates
Please send me a bug report and I’ll look into it.
Send me a bug report and I’ll look into it. I prioritize issues based on severity and customer status, so non-showstopper demo issues tend to fall lower on the priority list. Since there are infinite possible interactions between your unique computer/DAW configuration and Valhalla plugins, the sad truth is that we may not be compatible. However, I try to get things working on as many computers as possible, so please send me a bug report if you run into any issues!
My apologies! If I haven’t responded to you within 24 hours during the business week (Monday through Friday), please send me another bug report form so that I can give your issue the attention it deserves.