NanoHost freeware - minimalist VST host

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What is NanoHost?

NanoHost is not a synthesizer. It is a free, minimalist DAW for Windows that can load VST-synths. Furthermore, it can act as a wrapper which converts VST-synthesizers into standalone-apps.
This essential, tiny tool works best for live-performance, sound-design, jam-sessions and testing.

What is so special about NanoHost and why should i use it?

  • It is free, requires no registration and you are allowed to share it with your friends!
  • It is portable and requires no installation. You can place it whereever you want and even run it directly from a USB-stick or CD.
  • There is no plugin-scanning required since a plugin can be loaded directly - no matter where it is located on the hard-disc.
  • Because of low-level code-optimization it offers highest performance and can operate with lower latency than conventional hosts.
  • The GUI refreshes with an extremely high frame-rate (120 Hz). That's why you will experience smoother animations and graphics than with other hosts.
  • NanoHost itself requires nearly no space on the screen. As a result there is more space available for the interface of the VST-plugins.
  • The software is very small. It wastes no hard-disc space and is loading instantly.
  • Unlike conventional hosts the soundcard settings can be configured individually for every single plugin. This allows you to achieve the best possible performance for your VSTs.
  • NanoHost is very easy to use and offers context-sensitive help.


  • 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.
  • You can display a keyboard and play melodies with the mouse.
  • Nanohost allows you to enlarge the interface of all(!) vst plugins - also those who do not come with a re-sizeable GUI.
  • 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 compatible with 64-bit plugins and also with very old 32-bit plugins.
  • It does not need much resources and works also with old computers.

Technical data

  • Supported operating systems: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / 11 (32 bit or 64 bit), Linux with Wine
  • Supported plugin formats: VST 2.x (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Supported soundcard-drivers: ASIO, MME, Direct Sound
  • Supported samplerates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88 kHz, 96 kHz, 176 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Supported patch formats: *.fxp and *.fxb
  • Supported format for recordings: 32-bit WAV in stereo

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