I posted this on my repair topic but thought it might be seen here by more people:
"I found a very useful program I want to promote that makes VST plugins become a standalone version you can play with no DAW or host running. I loved the older vst’s that often had that feature.
The name is: Nanohost v. 1.0.2
Here is the link to get it:
Tone2’s website on their downloads page
Its shareware they allow it to be freely distributed to our friends.
While you are checking it out on the Tone2 downloads page, take a look at their awesome VST Syths for sale too. I think they are awesome, and they belong in everyone’s kit just like the indispensable KV331 Synthmaster One and Synthmaster Two!