[LAD] Dumb Idea #27: LV2 host as kernel?

David Robillard dave at drobilla.net
Sun Feb 22 20:50:18 UTC 2009

On Sat, 2009-02-21 at 14:37 -0500, Darren Landrum wrote:
> If one were to build a "kernel" to a digital audio workstation that was
> itself a bare-bones LV2 host, could things like audio tracks, midi
> tracks, and mixer channels and the like be built as LV2 plug-ins?
> I've been thinking a lot about a comment made a while back about how
> monolithic applications are very ill-suited to the open-source method of
> development. So I got to thinking about how an operating system works
> (at a high level; my meager coding skills are no matches for people
> well-versed in operating systems) and began to ask some questions.
> This "kernel" would have to handle things like audio routing, and
> message passing between two "processes" (the LV2 plug-ins), and would
> jockey the audio in and out of the plug-in graph. It would need to
> support the GUI and event extensions, and probably a few others, at the
> very least.
> The hope might be that if such a kernel could be made, it might then be
> a lot easier for many people to contribute the small pieces that would
> make for a usable application. Please feel free to consider this
> mindless brainstorming if you'd like.

This is a long term goal of http://drobilla.net/software/ingen

LV2 was a very large step towards achieving it...

GUI is there, events are there, signal flow is there, but having
"tracks" brings in a whole host of new issues that are not yet there.

... yet :)


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