How to Use jBridge 1.5 to Run 32-bit VST Plugins in 64-bit Hosts


How to Use jBridge 1.5 to Run 32-bit VST Plugins in 64-bit Hosts

If you are a music producer or a sound engineer, you probably have a collection of VST plugins that you use to enhance your audio projects. However, some of these plugins may be 32-bit only, which means they cannot run in 64-bit hosts, such as Cubase, Ableton Live, or Logic Pro. This can be a problem if you want to use the latest features and performance improvements of your 64-bit host, or if you want to access more RAM and avoid memory limitations.

Fortunately, there is a solution: jBridge 1.5. jBridge is a software that allows you to bridge VST plugins in Windows and Mac OS X (up to the VST 2.4 specification). It can run 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts, 64-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or even bridge 32-bit plugins to 32-bit hosts. It also supports unlimited number of inputs/outputs and all buffer sizes, and it has a low CPU and memory usage.

In this article, we will show you how to use jBridge 1.5 to run your 32-bit VST plugins in your 64-bit host of choice. We will use Cubase as an example, but the process is similar for other hosts.

Step 1: Download and Install jBridge 1.5

You can download jBridge 1.5 from the official website: https://jstuff.wordpress.com/jbridge/. The software costs €9.90, but you can try it for free for a limited time. Once you download the file, unzip it and run the installer. Follow the instructions on the screen and choose the destination folder for the bridging files.

Step 2: Run jBridger


Step 1: Download and Install jBridge 1.5

jBridger is a tool that comes with jBridge 1.5. It scans your VST plugins folder and creates bridging files for each plugin that needs it. To run jBridger, go to the folder where you installed jBridge and double-click on the jBridger.exe file. A window will pop up asking you to select the origin folder (where your VST plugins are located) and the destination folder (where the bridging files will be created). You can also choose whether to bridge only 32-bit plugins or all plugins.

After selecting the folders, click on “Start”. jBridger will scan your plugins and create bridging files for each one that needs it. You will see a progress bar and a list of plugins being processed. When the process is finished, click on “Exit”.

Step 3: Configure Your Host


Step 2: Run jBridger

The last step is to configure your host to recognize and load the bridging files created by jBridger. In Cubase, go to Devices > Plug-in Manager > VST Plug-in Paths and add the destination folder that you selected in jBridger. Click on “Rescan All” and wait for Cubase to scan your plugins.

Now you should be able to see your bridged plugins in Cubase’s plugin list. They will have a “jBridge” prefix before their name. To use them, just drag and drop them onto your tracks or inserts as usual.

Conclusion


Step 3: Configure Your Host

jBridge 1.5 is a handy software that allows you to run your 32-bit VST plugins in your 64-bit host without any hassle. It is easy to use and has a low impact on your system resources. It also works with Mac OS X hosts and plugins with jBridgeM, which is currently in beta stage.

If you have any questions or feedback about jBridge 1.5, feel free to leave a comment below or contact the developer at jstuff@live.com.