Chris Nash : Developer | Composer | Teacher | Researcher - email for talks, consulting, commissions, and projects large or small
< Back to main page miniMeep : Subtractive Synthesiser Plugin (AU/VST)
This plugin was originally designed
for use on the Audio Technology (AT) module, part of the music tech. courses
at UWE Bristol.

UWE Logo

During the pandemic, students lost access to our Mac-based computer labs during lockdown, and Logic's ES synthesis plugins, used in both teaching and assessment tasks on synthesis design.

The miniMeep plugin was conceived in the absence of an existing freely available cross-platform alternative that presented the generic building blocks of synthesis.

If you're interested in using the plugin in your classes, please contact me for info.
Plugin Code Template
What is
miniMeep is a polyphonic subtractive synthesiser AU/VST plugin based on an analogue-style
semi-modular design
- oscillators, filters, amplifiers and modulation.
   It has been specially developed to support this assignment and learning synthesis, through the design of preset(s). It therefore contains no factory presets, but is capable of a wide variety of musical timbres (including many classic synth sounds) - and supports the loading and saving of user presets, as well as full DAW automation.
   miniMeep's design, sound quality, and capabilities are comparable to many other subtractive software and hardware synthesisers, allowing you to explore timbres not only through experimentation, but through familiarity with other synthesisers, general synthesis concepts, videos, tutorials, etc. miniMeep also demonstrates what is possible with the mySynth platform.
and usage
  • 3 oscillators supporting band-limited saw/triangle, pulse/square, sine, and noise waveforms.
  • A multi-mode, analogue-style, resonant (VCF) filter switchable between low-pass (LPF), band-pass (BPF), high-pass (HPF), and band-cut (BCF) modes - with overdrive and Moog-style alternative modes, plus an all-pass filter (APF, for phase effects and comb filtering).
  • An amplitude envelope (AMP ENV) with attack-decay-sustain-release (ADSR).
  • A modulation envelope (MOD ENV) and low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) for pitch and filter.
  • Stereo effects, including reverb, chorus/flanger, echo delay, and distortion.
Documentation / User Guide — provides an overview of features, installation
instructions, and a detailed guide to specific controls and modulation options.
and install
  • Download the miniMeep plugin: VST (Windows 64-bit, v1.3, 13/04/21)
  • Copy the MiniMeep.dll file to your VST plugins folder
    (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steinberg\vstplugins)
  • If not already configured, you may also need to point your
    DAW towards this folder to find the plugins it contains.
MAC (Mojave or newer)
  • Download the miniMeep plugin: AU / VST (macOS Intel 64-bit, v1.3, 13/04/21)
  • AU: Copy the MiniMeep.component file to your AU plugins folder (i.e. /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components). If the library folder is hidden, use the Go > Go to Folder... in Finder.
    Note: Recent macOS versions (Mojave or higher) may require you to reboot
    to refresh the AudioUnit cache, before the plugin is available in your DAW.
  • VST: Copy the MiniMeep.vst file to your VST plugins folder (i.e. /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST).
    If the library folder is hidden, use the Go > Go to Folder... in Finder.