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

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Wed May 6 06:26:04 PDT 2015

I played for a while with getting the CALF plugin set working for this
purpose during the A3 days, similar reasoning to why you are looking for it
nettings, I wanted to be able to hand something to my class.  I came to
several conclusions:

1. CALF UI requirements are a pain.
2. Packaging them because of that is a pain
3. The EQ needs to be a better quality
4. At the time I decided that it wasn't quite worth the hassle, I may take
another look at it here shortly as  I prepare to teach my mixing class in
the Fall again.  It still leaves problem 3 at least.
5. At the time the fftw bug was really affecting CALF in Ardour limiting
it's usefulness

I could get them compiled and working, but only on my machine, the
packaging was throwing me for a loop due to their need for a different GTK
engine, I got it packaged but couldn't get it to load correctly in the
package for some reason I hadn't quite figured out.  Worked fine on my
machine, but on other people's not so much.

So I may try to tackle it again shortly.  The Harrison plugs are great,
hands down, but are missing some things like flanger/phaser/chorus, etc.

On this note though, I am going to reopen a topic...

>> 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.

Consider this another nudge to hopefully address this, for this exact
reason.  I realize that cross platform sessions aren't the norm, and even I
am moving away from it to an extent as I am moving to Linux on my laptop,
however at both the Uni I teach at and my full time work, OS X and even
some Windows is in use by others, and I would love to be able to open their
work on my workstation to be able to collaborate with them.  This becomes
incredibly important when dealing with students, who are typically on OS X
and Windows, when they submit projects.


On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 4:21 PM, Robin Gareus <robin at gareus.org> wrote:

> 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
> > OSX
> > * 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.
> best,
> robin
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