[LAD] [ANN] LV2 beta3

Lars Luthman lars.luthman at gmail.com
Wed May 9 17:42:08 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-09 at 13:28 -0400, Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> > I don't think there is any huge danger of that happening. People will
> > probably mostly use a few popular hosts, plugin writers will make sure
> > that their plugins work in those hosts (if feasible) and host writers
> > will try to support as many plugins as possible. I guess it depends on
> > how creative (or how disciplined) LV2 programmers are.
> I think that is being either very optimistic or pessimistic, or both at 
> the same time(If that is possible).  Writing plugins for a few specific 
> hosts is a good idea, of course then you are limiting the capabilities 
> of others also developed with LV2 as they might not be able to support 
> all extensions out of the box quickly enough to become popular.  As much 
> as I love Ardour, I would hate for it to be the only option out there, 
> then we are back to Pro-Tools all over again.

I don't think that is going to be a big problem. Though it's certainly
possible to write a proprietary LV2 host, I think it's safe to say that
most of them, in the foreseeable future, will be free software. So once
one host has implemented an extension, there will be actual code for
that implementation available to everyone else. Sure, different hosts
may have very different codebases, but it's still just a matter of
adaptation, not writing from scratch.

I think the best thing is to only define the core spec for now, see what
extensions pop up, which of them are useful or popular, which of them
make sense to use together etc, and then define some additional
structure or profiles or something else if needed.

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