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“AudioGridder Server

The server supports VST3 and AudioUnit plugin formats. Installation and setup is straight forward. There is multiple possibilities for your setup. It’s suggested, that you dedicate each server to a single remote DAW workspace. That is because each server can only stream a single UI at the same time.

You can run multiple parallel UI user sessions on a Mac. Setup a user for each remote workspace, create a UI session (via VNC for example) and run a separate server instance in each session. You need to assign a different server ID to each instance (in the server settings). You can easily address each instance from the AudioGridder plugin via “server[:ID]”.

You can also run multiple servers within your network and access different servers from your DAW at the same time.

Server Setup:

  1. Install the PKG (includes server and plugin binaries)
  2. Grant AudioGridderServer the Accessibility permission (System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy Tab) – If you upgrade, remove the existing entry and re-add it.
  3. Run the server (If it crashes, just re-run it until it successfully finishes the startup. Each plugin that does not work will be blacklisted.)
  4. Manage your plugins (if you do not want to enable all plugins)
  5. If you want to run multiple servers on a singel machine, you will have to assign a different server ID to each instance.


AudioGridder Plugin

The plugin is currently supported as VST3 and AudioUnit on OSX. AAX is likely never coming, as AVID does not seem to support open source projects unfortunately.

You are basically plugging a remote insert stack into your DAW’s channel insert stacks. From there you can insert any pluging available on the connected remote server. Each plugin instance will connect to a single remote server instance (which can be different for each instance).

Plugin Setup:

  1. Install the PKG (includes server and plugin binaries)
  2. Run your DAW and insert the AudioGridder plugin
  3. Add your server endpoint(s) (IP or DNS name) by clicking the server icon (this needs to be done only once, as the server settings will be shared with new plugin instances)Note: Server and client have to be able to directly reach each other. This is because the server will have to connect the client at initialization time.
  4. Add remote plugins



  • OSX 64bit (tested on 10.14 and 10.15)
  • The server supports AudioUnit and VST3 plugins
  • The plugin is available as AudioUnit and VST3
  • Tested DAWs: Cubase 10 Pro, Logic Pro X, Reaper”

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One Response to “AudioGridder”

  1. Avatar Jens says:

    After trying for more than 10 hrs AudioGridder isn`t running. The PlugIn setup on my mac mini m1 works, but the server app on my mac pro 5.1. (Mojave) always shows “AudioGridder failed to bind to the server port 55056! You have to terminate the application that is blocking the port.”
    No AudioGridder instance found in activity monitor. Sometimes the plugin scan starts, but it freezes at 89% or 97% or 76%.Good idea but no reliable solution yet.
    I´ll go with vienna ensemble pro 7.

    Otherwise, it would be nice if someone out ther could create a workaround how to setup the server on MacOSX 10.14 for network beginners. Creating a network connection between the 2 macs to get access to the screnn was no problem.

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