Stepic for Live is the older brother of StepicVST and was designed as a Max for Live device specifically for use in Ableton Live. As a Max for Live device, it has access to Live's API and is able to control not only the parameters of other software plugins and hardware devices, but also parameters within Live itself. This includes all Live devices such as Live's synthesizers, samplers, audio and MIDI effects as well as channel and master parameters. StepicVST, on the other hand, is a pure VST/AU plugin that loads into various hosts such as Logic Pro, Cubase, Bitwig Studio, Studio One, Cakewalk and REAPER. With StepicVST you can control the parameters of other software plugins and hardware devices that are in the same channel strip. Bitwig Studio is an exception. There it is possible to control Bitwig's own parameters using the MIDI modulator. While Stepic for Live and StepicVST have a similar looking user interface and feature set, they are independent plugins. Internally, they need to be different in many ways to work either as a Max for Live device or as a VST3/AU plugin.
No, as a Max for Live device, Stepic for Live can only be loaded into Ableton Live.
StepicVST can be loaded in Ableton Live with very limited functionality. Compared to Stepic for Live, StepicVST is not able to control Live devices or parameters. So StepicVST is not able to control e.g., the parameters of Wavetable, Analog, Sampler or any Live audio and MIDI effect. Also, Ableton Live does not pass all MIDI CC messages generated by StepicVST, which further limits its functionality. For this reason, Ableton Live is not listed as a compatible host for StepicVST.
If your host is not listed as compatible, we probably haven't had a chance to test StepicVST within it. Contact us at [email protected] and file a host support request. Devicemeister is always interested in extending the list of supported hosts.
FL Studio is currently the only host that we know of, that doesn't pass StepicVST's MIDI CC messages of the modulation sequencers. This means, StepicVST cannot be used for parameter modulation within FL Studio. However, StepicVST can be loaded into FL Studio, but only the note sequencer will work properly.
Yes, Stepic for Live and StepicVST are available as a bundle. For more information take look at Stepic Bundle.
Yes, if you already own a version of Stepic you can buy the other one for €19.00. Log in to your account and navigate to Purchase History -> View Licenses -> View Upgrades and select Upgrade License.