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

Hector Centeno h.centeno at sympatico.ca
Thu Jun 9 18:35:29 PDT 2005

Mark Knecht wrote:

>On 6/9/05, Hector Centeno <h.centeno at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>This is happening with the GRM Tools plugins. I haven't tried with other
>>plugins because these are the only ones I'm interested in using, but
>>I'll give it a shot. The errors happen always after some time of moving
>>around the sliders in the plugin's GUI. If I don't touch any slider it
>>takes longer to crash (but it does and with the same kind of errors). I
>>have 1 gig of ram (PIV2.8HT, Fedora Core 3 with Planet CCRMA kernel but
>>I'm not using a smp one) and before using Linux I was using Windows XP
>>in the same computer and with audio applications (including these VSTs)
>>without any problem. I tried using the VSTs from within ardour and they
>>work fine for some time and then the GUI locks and I start getting a
>>gray box when I reopen the plugin (but the effect is still running and
>>processing audio).
>Hector, Geoff & Russ,
>   I have said this before - we need a specific set of 'known-good'
>VSTs that all new users should try as part of the install process
>BEFORE they start trying the ones they really want to use. I suspect
>that Hector is now just running into the '10% work, 90% don't' sort of
>problem. (Fill in your own guess at what those percentages should be.)
>   I can offer up that the SIR Reverb is known good. NI's Battery as a
>VST is known good. The VST synth Crystal is known good. I don't
>remember right now which others I'm comfortable with. I can say that
>very many of the ones I've tried don't work but I hesitate to write
>any names here since someone researching this subject in the future
>might put too much weight on a few lines I could toss off. If we want
>to do some checking then maybe that's best done off list and we come
>back with a list of really known good for test purposes.
>   I know that the site about 'VSTs under Linux' site has comments
>from individuals about what does and doesn't work, but there's not
>control on that. Someone can write anything whether it works really
>well or just barely works.
>   What VSts do we want people to try first before they get too
>confused or demoralized?
>With best regards,
Well, I'm already demoralized. I tried the SIR reverb and it works so it 
seems to be a problem with the GRM Tools... well, maybe after one year 
things will change... I guess until we get a new version of Jack_fst 
that works with a newer version of wine.

thank you for your help,


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