VST – Virtual Studio Technology describes a protocol that makes possible the simulation of traditional recording / music production studios with software by using DSP / Digital Signal Processing. Practically is an interface between audio synthesizer and effects plugins and hard disk recording systems. The technology as the interface and also SDK was developed and released by Steinberg in 1996, exactly the year of the birth of Cubase 3.02. The first available VST formats was included with Cubase (Espacial, Choirus, Stereo Echo and Auto Panner). The VST interface as tech specs was updated to version 2.0 in 1999 and a major update was done in 2008 when was upgraded to version 3.0. Now we talk about version 3.5 since february 2011 and I have a feeling that the road does not come to an end yet.
So … if Steinberg gave birth to VST in 1996, the world’s leading audio interface is celebrating these days 15 year of existence.