Tone2 Audiosoftware has announced the release of NanoHost, a free, minimalist host application which can load VST synthesizer instruments.

The application requires no installation and can run directly from a USB stick or CD.

Furthermore, it can act as a wrapper which converts VST-synthesizers into standalone applications. This essential, tiny tool works best for live-performance, sound-design, jam-sessions and testing.

NanoHost features

  • It can convert a VST-synth into a standalone-application. You just need to rename NanoHost.exe to the name of the plugin.dll and copy it to the same directory. When you start plugin.exe, the VST-synth is wrapped and loaded automatically.
  • The output of a plugin can be recorded to a wav-file in high quality.
  • NanoHost can create random patches.
  • It offers a soft-clipping algorithm with low distortion and tube-sound.
  • Scrollbars allow you to work also with plugins larger than your screen resolution. It is possible to display also only a part of the plugin’s interface.
  • Midi-notes can be transposed and Midi-channels can be filtered. There are several Midi-velocity curves available.
  • Your current sound-bank can be stored and loaded automatically.
  • It is also compatible with very old 32-bit plugins.
  • It does work also with older computers.

NanoHost is available as a free download for Windows and Linux with Wine. It supports VST 2.x plugins (32-bit or 64-bit).

More information: Tone2 Audiosoftware