[Ardour-Users] Plugins and stability

Matt Savigear mcs_ardour at savigear.com
Thu Aug 2 07:23:06 PDT 2007

With reference to stability issues popping up on the list, I have 
generally found ardour2 to be pretty solid for my admittedly limited use.

My (non-technical) wife uses ardour more than I and has complained of 
crashes which seem to be related to the use of LADSPA plugins (some 
plate reverb, apparently). Is it possible for a plugin to bring ardour 
down, rather than the snag being in ardour's plugin handling code? If 
so, is there a relatively straightforward way of getting debug info for 
the plugin? I haven't managed to report anything so far because I 
usually only find out about crashes after the fact.

Alternatively, does it make sense to push the channels through something 
like jack-rack and back in again, hosting the plugins outside ardour? 
Will this protect ardour from crashes if the plugin goes down, and do I 
lose anything (or gain any limitations or potential snags) by externally 
hosting the plugin in this way?



"You can say, 'Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think 
there's a purpose.' But I'm anticipating having a good lunch." - James 
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