Foobar2000 VST Wrapper

Foobar2000 VST Wrapper Image
Allows using VST plugins with Foobar2000 player.

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This is a Foobar2000 player wrapper plugin, which allows using VST plugins within the player. Recently a different adapter was created by another developer, the link to which is here. Please check which one is more suitable for you.


To enable this plugin, copy foo_dsp_vstwrap.dll to foobar2000 components directory, which is typically
C:\Program Files\foobar2000\components

then enable the plugin in a DSP manager. Ctrl-P to bring Properties window up, then select Playback->DSP Manager and be sure that "George Yohng's VST Wrapper" is in the 'Active DSPs' column.


The plugin control is done through a system tray icon. Please set up your VST folders before proceeding by selecting "VST Setup..." from the tray icon menu. "Steinberg Mode" is an experimental mode, which will allow running some of Cubase internal plugins, which otherwise would complain, but some plugins will crash in this mode. "Bypass" turns the effect temporarily off without unloading it.

Additionally, Ctrl-click on the tray icon will toggle visibility of a plugin editor (if a plugin is inserted), and Alt-click on the tray icon will toggle the bypass mode.

If foobar2000 installation directory contains "VST" subdirectory, then it will be also enumerated, regardless of VST Setup settings. E.g., if "C:\Program Files\foobar2000" is where foobar is installed, then the folder "C:\Program Files\foobar2000\VST" will be also scanned for
VST plugins. This is useful for 'portable installations', where foobar is executed from an USB stick or a network drive.


If a plugin crashes on start of Foobar2000, press shift while executing Foobar2000. This will disable loading of the last plugin on startup.

All settings of VST Wrapper are stored in the file, which is typically located at:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\GeorgeYohngVST.ini

Deleting this file will reset VST cache and all options to default values.


This archive includes George Yohng's W1 Limiter, a free sample VST plugin. To use it, copy it to a directory, which is included in "VST Setup..." dialog.


Redistribution and use is permitted without limitations as long as the package is unmodified.

Version history

Version 1.2
 - Fixed popup menu position on Vista
 - Removed default C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins directory from being added

Version 1.1
 - 'Rescan all' in VST settings now works properly
 - Local plugins folder at ....\foobar2000\VST

Version 1.0
 - Initial release