[LAD] General question: Components of Music Software

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Mon Apr 26 07:35:46 UTC 2010

Louigi Verona wrote:
> Hey guys!
> I was wondering about the following.
> On Windows we have lots and lots of plugins and synthesizers and 
> effect racks. On Linux the selection is much less variable.
> However, am I correct in understanding that the variety of the Windows 
> synths and plugins merely means that people take several core modules 
> and just rearrange them into different GUIs?
> Am I correct in understanding that there are only several major 
> algorithms for things like filters, delays, reverbs and choruses?
> Louigi Verona.

Regarding to commercial software you are mistaken. Keep in mind that 
coders for commercial software get paid, hence they've got the 
resources, time and money to work on software more intensive. Software 
such as a synth choir that is able to sing lyrics written by you aren't 
just an assembly of filter and similar algorithms. Virtual Orchestras 
aren't just sample players, there is code that emulates a lot more, it's 
comparable to hardware such as the Yamaha Clavinova for piano sounds, 
it's not only generating a sound and using some filters etc., but a lot 
of development for very special algorithms.

And because Windows has got more users, that means coders too, as Linux 
has got, there's also more shareware.

Do you know that you can use VSTs on Linux too?

2 Cents,

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