[LAU] LV2, DSSI and the future of plugins
mike at linuxdsp.co.uk
Fri Jan 14 14:30:23 UTC 2011
Dave Phillips wrote:
> Alexandre Prokoudine wrote:
>> On 1/14/11, Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
>>> Don't forget native Linux VST's, their number is steadily growing also.
>>> I think I have about 60 to 70 of those sitting on my harddrive.
>>> Unfortunately there are very few hosts.
>> The last sentence quite nails it :)
> Qtractor's been doing a pretty good job with the native VSTs I've tried
> in it. What really needs done is a repair/rejuvenation of Lucio
> Asnaghi's JOST. A working standalone host for native VSTs would be nice.
> I recently purchased Loomer's Sequent, it's a lot of fun. I notice they
> also have a nice-looking synthesizer in their catalog.
> The LinuxDSP plugins - in all formats - seem pretty professional to my
> ears and eyes.
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The plan is that the linuxDSP plugins should all be available in "all"
formats eventually - LV2 seems to be by far the most popular, although I
suspect that is in no small part due to ardour's support for it. There
are not many VST hosts, and I can understand that the steinberg license
causes problems for some open-source projects (although, I have been
testing the linuxDSP VSTs with builds of qtractor using the vestige
headers and everything seems to work, so perhaps that provides a way to
drive more support for VST - Rui has done a great job with qtractor,
creating a DAW is no small undertaking!)
As regards the perceived lack of plugins - I think actually there are a
wealth of capable plugins available, but as with any OS there are some
good and some bad, (think of the number of questionable synthedit
generated free VSTs on windows..) - from a (commercial) developer point
of view, I would add that developing reliable and useful (and perhaps
professional quality) plugins requires a lot of specialist knowledge,
and is a very significant amount of work. Often the commercial returns
are quite small - our most significant revenue last year came not from
downloads of linux plugins but from porting DSP technology to other
commercial products, and I suspect this is true for developers on other
OS too. Some of which might explain the reluctance of commercial
developers to support development for linux.
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