[Ardour-Users] Basic set of cross-platform plugins?

Robin Gareus robin at gareus.org
Tue May 5 13:21:20 PDT 2015

On 05/05/2015 10:02 PM, Jörn Nettingsmeier wrote:
> Hi *!
> For a class I'll be teaching in fall, I'm looking for a basic set of
> plugins (at least a four-band parametric EQ with graphical UI, a
> compressor, a high-pass, a non-feedback delay, and a reverb) with the
> following properties:
> * cross-platform with downloadable binary builds for Linux, Windows, and
> * redistributable open-source code
> * download free of charge or willing to negotiate a nominal flat rate
> * beginner-friendly UI
> * bug-free

Zero results found.

Harrison has LV2s for all that you mentioned but they're not free.
Check the sidebar at http://harrisonconsoles.com/site/mixbus.html
They're well tested and known to work with Ardour4 on all platforms.

A major benefit of LV2 is that you can move sessions across all
platforms without loosing plugin settings or automation.

overtonedsp.co.uk offers VST and AU that also work on all platforms with
Ardour4 but you can't move sessions (VST vs AU).

A lot of LV2 plugins compile as-is on windows and OSX, but I don't think
anyone offers binaries at this point in time. falktx and I started to do
that but there's no official public release.

> Obviously, I would prefer LV2 plugins, but VSTs would be acceptable too
> if they run natively on all operating systems. 

Note that ardour on OSX does not support VST.

I would also consider
> plugins that exist in different formats native to each OS environment,
> so LV2 for Linux, VST for Windows and AU for OSX, or similar.
> That said, I seem to remember a discussion about Ardour binaries
> bundling a set of plugins out of the box - did that actually happen?

No, that would tie release cycles of said plugins to Ardour so someone
will need to maintain it. Also someone would need to curate the set and
do quality assurance. Nobody volunteered to do that, yet.


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