[ardour-users] shall we wait for VST or go with libfst?

Geoff Beasley songshop at bizmedia.com.au
Sat Jun 4 20:30:00 PDT 2005

VST; this works on FC3 reliably. Read ALL of this :-

Get wine build 20040505...

Uncompress, then from a console ( you must be a non-root user) cd into the
wine dir, then issue ./tools/wineinstall. Follow the on screen commands and
basically say yes to everything.
This will install wine. Get the fst and jack_fst packages and the vst SDK
files as mentioned in Dave and Marks fantastic toot and decompress them.
Copy the mkinstalldirs file from jack_fst into the fst folder.  Run the fix
headers process as described. Then autogen.sh. You will see many
warnings..ignore these. Then, ./configure --prefix=/usr, followed by make,
then ( as root) make install. 

Cd into jack_fst and do the ./configure --prefix=/usr, make and (su) make
install. Install your vst folder wherever you want, then export= (vst path).
Put this in your .bashrc file to make it permanent. Important note for
duffers like me in the early days was to make sure that you have "show
hidden" enabled in your file manager to "see" these files/directories with a
leading period (.)... but you'all knew that of course !

That's pretty much it. You should now be able to run your vst's by invoking
jack_fst VSTNAME.dll. If not then your path is probably not set.try cd into
your vst folder then run jack_fst and see if that at leats get's it going.
One more thing, in your wine config file there is an entry that will make a
big difference to you... Gerard pointed me to this; when you open a vst/vsti
wine will give you 2 windows.. to change this behaviour you must set the
option  ";Allow the window manager to manage created windows " under
[x11drv] to =N. Problem solved.

Of course to get ardour to use vst's it has to be compiled with vst support
enabled. The easiest way to do this is to use the CVS tarball provided on
the ardour web site. You can get ardour in so easilt now with scons there is
no reason not to.

I don't think I've missed anything out, but there will be amendments from
other, wiser folk than I if there is. But the above works for me EVERY time.

Good luck,



Tim Orford's great reference of working/not working plugs and instruments.


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