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closed MPE support for VST3 instruments.

+139 votes
asked Jul 15, 2020 in Completed Feature Requests by andrewgirgen (440 points)
closed Mar 3 by arndkaiser
With Studio One 5 release came MPE support but unfortunately it does not work with VST3 instruments.  Please fix this!
closed with the note: This has been implemented with Studio One 5.3

14 Answers

+43 votes
answered Aug 29, 2020 by douglaswinning1 (790 points)
selected Aug 30, 2020 by andrewgirgen
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I hope this feature gets supported soon! I just got a Roli Seaboard Block 25 key keyboard hoping to be able to work with it inside Studio One 5. The VST that the Seaboard comes with called Roli Studio Player will only run as a VST3 inside Studio One 5. So unfortunately it will sound glitchy whenever you press two notes at once in the current version.
Please upvote this request everyone!
+15 votes
answered Jul 21, 2020 by AlexTinsley (924,570 points)

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+8 votes
answered Oct 8, 2020 by arndkaiser (2,280 points)
Equator (by ROLI) runs as VST2 and VST3 inside Studio One. Unfortunately, the most recent ROLI installer hides the installed VST2 version. In order to fix this, you need to remove the VST3 dll manually from the VST3 plug-ins folder. This will make the VST2 re-appear in Studio One next time you launch. Hope this helps.
+19 votes
answered Nov 21, 2020 by GeorgTomitsch (1,540 points)
Yes, please fix this as soon as possible! The workaround below might help with Equator and Roli Studio, but the recently released Equator 2 no longer comes with a VST2 version.
+2 votes
answered Nov 25, 2020 by douglaswinning1 (790 points)

@arndkaiser Thank you for mentioning this. I did some digging and found it is similar with ROLI Studio Player. You have to trick Studio One 5 into not recognizing the VST3 version, and only use the VST2 file.

Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3
The file "ROLI Studio Player.vst3" can either be deleted, or renamed ROLI Studio Player.broken, something like that. This forces the software to not recognize it.

Then, the VST2 version is stored in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

So you have to add this as a plugin location within Studio One.
You'll know it works if it says "Category: VST2" in the bottom right corner.
Also be sure to enable MPE for your device, as well as enable MPE in the vst window.
Hope this helps for the time being until VST3 is implemented :)

You need to make sure the Category is VST2

+3 votes
answered Feb 1, 2021 by reggie1979beatz (280 points)
It seems strange that a host that is a trend setting in coming out with VST3 a while back would ignore it when implementing MPE. I'd like to do some ROLI stuff but not being able to use Equator 2 means I'll just wait.
+8 votes
answered Feb 4, 2021 by jonlayton (310 points)
I upgraded just for MPE support, not knowing how barebones it was.  Please give us full-blown MPE support for all 64 bit VST types. MANY MPE synths are vst3 only and the vst2 standard is no longer being licensed. Strange, strange omission.
+7 votes
answered Feb 5, 2021 by nicoloverrini1 (510 points)
Studio one Guys ! Please Fix this !  We need MPE in studio one .
+4 votes
answered Feb 7, 2021 by sintil8 (620 points)

I am also waiting and hoping that Presonus will give MPE Vst3 a kiss. I upgraded from SO1.3 based upon MPE being available. I would like to be able to use Equater 2 without having the Roli Studio player inbetween or resort to hacks to get things going.

Best regards guy,
+4 votes
answered Mar 9, 2021 by hugokruijswijk (710 points)
I find it hard to understand that Studio One that is so deep in being the best and feature proof is just simply not supporting VST3 MPE my Seaboard is a kind of useless with Studio One. MPE and VST3 is the future PreSonus!
+3 votes
answered Apr 12, 2021 by ericlaurin (390 points)
Many plugins are now issued in VST3 only because VST2 is not free and is proprietary.

There's actually no difference in terms of MPE support between VST2 and VST3, from what I read and learned. It would just make a lot of sense if the MPE support was the same all around.

Please fix this!!!
+1 vote
answered Jun 4, 2021 by maurobonasio (160 points)
Yes please, this is the main reason preventing me to use Studio One
+1 vote
answered Jun 23, 2021 by evanlusky (160 points)
Hey can we get an update or something PreSonus.  Like is it on the board somewhere?  It's been a year since this question was asked.  Hop on to Jira or something and see if it's in the backlog.
+1 vote
answered Jan 28, 2022 by lukenyman (2,370 points)
I just installed the roli software for a client & discovered this same problem. It's almost Feb 2022. This needs a fix already.
I'm thankful to the other posters for all the solution to the missing vst2 problem. I was scratching my head on that too.