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Soundtower PlugSE vs. Editor standalone - do I need both?

Soundtower PlugSE vs. Editor standalone - do I need both?
« on: September 05, 2021, 01:48:38 AM »
Hi guys,

if I only buy the Soundtower PlugSE to automate and organize my OB6 in the DAW - do I need the Editor standalone as well? What is it that the PlugSE cannot do but the Editor can?

Thank you and have a great weekend,

Luke

Re: Soundtower PlugSE vs. Editor standalone - do I need both?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2021, 04:54:32 AM »
Luke,

I am new to these and the OB6, but the main take is that the sound editor is standalone, so for one thing it has no DAW integration.   The sound editor has a whole bunch of features devoted to advanced sound design; I'm not a great designer but I've used the morpher/patch maker to create some interesting hybrid  sounds kind of randomly that actually sound decent.  My problem now is where to store those, and the editor (I think) does a bit more in terms of management of banks/programs.

It was only around US$30 to buy as a bundle, so to me it was worth it.  I haven't played as much with PlugSE yet as I integrated initially with Bitwig, but I plan to (and hope to use bitwig's modulators to automate PlugSE params).   I have not used the PlugSE effects version yet, so can't comment on that

Hope this helps; I think both products do have a few youtube videos so you can see them in action (or run limited demos)

Re: Soundtower PlugSE vs. Editor standalone - do I need both?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 02:41:54 PM »
There's also CodeKnobs.
https://codeknobs.com/products.php?id=12

I have the librarian edition of SoundTower and use CodeKnobs as the VST. I can then automate the CK one as desired in the DAW. 

In theory, you should be able to just use a VST version and not need the standalone.

There's also a free librarian or three out there, if you just want patch management.