Download the ASPiK SDK

The ASPiK SDK is open-source software and is hosted on GitHub. You may fork the repository or download a ZIP version from the GitHub Site. For those who want the SDK the old fashioned way a link is provided below. Use the SDK Documentation and the video tutorials to get started. Note that the VSTGUI4 library is also required and you can get more information about this free library here. MacOS Catalina: all ASPiK MacOS plugins will run properly on Catalina without modification or need for additional ASPiK SDK items.


ASPiK Current Release: v1.6.7

Download Here: ASPiK 1.6.7 SDK


The ASPiKreator Software

The SDK comes with two pre-compiled versions of the ASPiKreator software, one for MacOS and the other for Windows and located in the ASPiK_SDK/ASPiKreator/ folders. The Windows version needs to be run and executed out of the directory where the .exe is located. The MacOS version requires OSX 10.11 or higher, and can run from any location, however you will need to adjust your privacy/security settings to allow it as it is not code-signed. In addition we have found that if you copy the SDK into Windows, then copy it back to MacOS, the MacOS app will no longer run (it is getting corrupted somewhere along the copy route). If you need to repair or update your ASPiKreator software you can get the executables only here:

ASPiKreator for MacOS

ASPiKreator for Windows



You will need to install CMake on your Windows and MacOS partitions to generate the AAX, AU and VST compiler projects for Visual Studio and Xcode; instruction are in the SDK documentation as well as the tutorial videos. You can get CMake here:



VSTGUI4 is required for the GUI component in ASPiK. There is a complete, unedited version included with the ASPiK SDK that you should use. You may also grab the library from the VST3 SDK 3.7.1. The current ASPiK VSTGUI4 version is 4.9.




The AU SDK consists of two folders named AUPublic and PublicUtility and they can be found at the AU Developer site, mixed in with a set of sample projects. For convenience, I have pre-packaged those directories in an outer AU_SDK folder as per the SDK documentation and the tutorial videos. You will still need to add the VSTGUI4 folder to it for ASPiK plugin development. Grab the pre-packaged AU SDK here.




You will first need an Avid Developer’s account which is free as is the AAX SDK. Get your Master Account and then sign up for the AAX SDK. You will also need the Pro Tools Developer version to test with and this is free for developers and can also be found in your Avid Account settings. Lastly, you will need a 2nd generation iLok for your Pro Tools Developer activation code. Be sure to check the ASPiK SDK Documentation and tutorials to understand how to package and locate the AAX SDK on your machine.


Current AAX SDK Version: AAX SDK 2.3.2



The VST3 SDK is available from the Steinberg Developer’s site and like wise is free. This SDK includes VSTGUI4 which you will also need for ASPiK, though there is a version pre-packaged in the ASPiK SDK for you.


Current VST3 SDK Version: VST3 SDK 3.7.1