The VST Bridge is a software interface in Cubase 4 to Cubase 8.5 resp. Nuendo 4 to Nuendo 7. It comes into play when you need to
- use PowerPC plug-ins (for Macs with a G3, G4 or G5 CPU) in a Cubase/Nuendo version running on an Intel-based Mac.
- run a 32-Bit plug-in in a 64-Bit version of Cubase/Nuendo.
In both cases the VST Bridge enables compatible Cubase/Nuendo versions to execute program code not natively available for the used platform.
Please note that Cubase 8.5 and Nuendo 7 are the last versions that include the VST Bridge.
In later Cubase/Nuendo versions, 32-bit plug-ins can only be loaded using unsupported 3rd party solutions like JBridge. Read more...
You can imagine the VST Bridge as a kind of simultaneous translator for program code. There are no additional latencies introduced but the computer needs resources for the translation. A plug-in which runs through the VST Bridge cannot be executed as efficiently as a version available in native program code. Consequently, the usage of "bridged" plug-ins can result in higher CPU load and the plug-in user interface may react slowly.
Following the VST (2.4) specifications is very important for bridged plug-ins. However, even if a plug-in used through the VST Bridge crashes and potentially crashes the VST Bridge itself, the host application remains unaffected. The VST Bridge runs as a separate process in the system and is not part of the host application process.
The VST Bridge is meant as a transitional aid
It offers the possibility to switch from a PowerPC-based Apple Macintosh computer to an Intel-based model, respectively to switch from a 32-Bit PC Windows system to a pure 64-Bit environment. Your Cubase/Nuendo projects can be opened without missing plug-ins (if installed) on your new system to the greatest possible extent.
Please keep in mind that all 32-Bit plug-ins used via the VST Bridge still have to share a maximum of 4 GB RAM - the 32-Bit limit remains regardless of the overall installed and available system memory.
Nevertheless, plug-ins used through the VST Bridge should be replaced as soon as possible. As an alternative you could create audio exports of affected tracks. To make you aware of which plug-ins need the VST Bridge they will be marked with a symbol in front of their names:
Either there is a plug-in update for your platform available from the respective manufacturer or you try the opportunity to replace bridged plug-ins by the native VST 3 plug-ins included with Cubase and Nuendo, where applicable. The new VST 3 plug-ins can be identified by a three cursive lines symbol in front of the plug-in name. These highclass plug-ins are running natively on all supported plattforms and offer all features needed for nearly every use case of sound design and mixing in the daily studio routine.