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Old 09-06-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Linux: effects, instruments, tutorials, tech, etc. (LV2/LADSPA/DSSI)

I created this thread because although there I just discovered a new free effect for Linux (have not tried it out yet). There are a couple of very common ones that are always mentioned, but then there are a many dispersed ones.

Despite there being a number of Linux threads on IDMf (they are listed below to be complete), they drift between therapy, venting, tech support, praise, and philsophy of Linux. It seemed good to have a dedicated thread where concrete info can be collected on tutorials, effects, virtual instruments, etc. for all my Linux lovers out there - together we will show the world that Linux is a music producers paradise!

So I just found this, it costs money for OSX and PC, but is free for Linux! Strange multi-effect.

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I will also point to this trial software for a slightly odd sequencer, since it also does not usually turn up in searches for Linux music software:

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Bookmarked.

I'm planning on going 100% Linux after my exams, right now I'm still running a dual-boot with Windows solely for Ableton Live which is becoming quite a drag.

Bitwig is very promising and I feel I have the experience now to set up my own optimised system. I'm going for Arch Linux, with the real-time kernel and Awesome window manager for a very lightweight and stable system. It will be some work to get it up and running but I think it's worth it.
I would like to get a setup running wherein I can combine Bitwig with SuperCollider (through Jack) and Processing (for visuals). You'll probably hear more from me in the future

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Old 09-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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Bitwig is very promising and I feel I have the experience now to set up my own optimised system. I'm going for Arch Linux, with the real-time kernel and Awesome window manager for a very lightweight and stable system.
I keep forgetting that Bitwig is Linux compatible. Must investigate further, it has been a busy year since it was released so very little to go further.

Incidentally, I had heard that the TAL plugins were available as Linux VSTs, but could not find them, many of them are here:

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You can use these in Renoise, Ardour I think, and LMMS if memory serves.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:07 AM   #4
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I keep forgetting that Bitwig is Linux compatible. Must investigate further, it has been a busy year since it was released so very little to go further.
I also haven't fully tried it out yet. But what I've seen of it is pretty decent and there is still a lot of improvement in progress. The developers apparently left Ableton because there were a lot of things they couldn't change (because the code made it hard/impossible) and Bitwig is kind of their improved version built from scratch.
We will have to see how that goes of course but just the fact that they fully support Linux is awesome. I can live with some bugs and inconveniences if I know people are working on it, they also seem very open to suggestions and the community in general.

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Incidentally, I had heard that the TAL plugins were available as Linux VSTs, but could not find them, many of them are here:

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Wauw, that's cool, didn't know they did that. I read VST's are still a major problem for Linux as few companies support it.

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You can use these in Renoise, Ardour I think, and LMMS if memory serves.
Yeah, I know there are some open-source DAWs, haven't tried out any of them so far though. I guess it's mostly a prejudice but for audio stuff (especially if I would be playing live) I prefer to trust a serious company instead of a community. Community driven software is great for general stuff, stuff with lots of users. But I don't trust it with these more specific and heavier software.
I also like the Ableton-type DAW, with a session view and clips. Bitwig seems to have copied that and added some new ways to make clips of clips.

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Old 15-06-2014, 04:40 PM   #5
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Re: Linux: effects, instruments, tutorials, tech, etc. (LV2/LADSPA/DSSI)

I just discovered that there is a version of Jeskola Buzz for Linux:
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Taking it for a quick test drive. Ubuntu people (older version but)

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Old 30-06-2014, 04:53 PM   #6
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U-he releases Podolski native for Linux x64, for free.

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It's nice to see how after a major commercial DAW appeared on Linux (Bitwig), the vst-producers may/will follow.

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Re: Linux: effects, instruments, tutorials, tech, etc. (LV2/LADSPA/DSSI)

I'll just leave this here...


TL;DW (watch) - groovebox Pd patch, run on what looks like an Ubuntu machine.

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Old 14-09-2014, 08:40 PM   #10
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I cannot completely make sense of how that sequencer works, but in any case, it is pretty amazing.

This site has a great list of tutorials, but also a lot of linux plugins and software that I have not heard of:

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I might post some of them in coming weeks.

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Here is a LADSPA / LV2 version of the Molot compressor:
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Going to try install this tonight.
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Some kind of genetic algorithmic synth

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You seems to programme in some kind of Lisp variant, though it seems based upon Python.
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u-he plugins are in Beta for linux!
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Here is some new DAW I have never heard of before. Not sure I have the specs on this computer:

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Recently updated apparently.

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If you use jack and as a linux audio user you will use jack, you should consider testing or using these tools:

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Cadence -> jack manager
Claudia -> reaktor alike routing for all applications that are able to use jack. (All of them, really!)
Carla -> rack and patchbay for all your plugs (a tiny bit like reason or audiomulch)

The magic that makes this happen is called ladish, which is a session manager on top of jack.

Do not forget to visit this page if you use this software pack and cannot exist without it anymore.

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Here is some new DAW I have never heard of before. Not sure I have the specs on this computer:

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Recently updated apparently.

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Don't know how true this is, but I thought I'd mention it anyway..it's been said that Musikernel DAW is a "closed box", meaning you have to use the plugins that come with it.

Like I said, I don't know how true this is, as I've yet to test it myself, but going by what I've read on other forums, it seems the guy behind it made it that way, with a view to offering a "one tool does all" kind of thing.

If anyone does try it out, I'd be interested in hearding from you how true this is..or not.

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This page lists many linux soft-synths + has pictures + sound samples + brief description

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It also has a good list of vsts that can be used on Linux through the use of the compatibility layers mentioned by A.M previously.
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Extremly important! Was a game changer for me.

Please, if you buy and use them, tell them in the thread on kvr! They need to see that people are buying or using their linux plugs. They have no other statistics.
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Some of the plugins listed on this page are duplicates of what I think are above.

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However, what is interesting is that this distribution seems to have got access to the source of otherwise windows only plugins and compiled them for Linux. So there are some interesting things in there.

Also save some time in compiling / tracking down.

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I just managed to get Helm ([Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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Has been included on the best vsts of 2015 several times:
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  4. open bash
  5. add an environment variable to the VST SDK: export export CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=$(where_you_put_sdk)/vst/VST3\ SDK/
  6. run make (and hope for the best): make vst
  7. copy the .so file to your vst directory: mv builds/linux/VST/build/helm.so ~/.vst/
  8. ENJOY!


Yes, that does look a bit complicated -- it is not as complicated as it seems once you are familiar with building software, but the creator of the plugin seems quite happy for feedback and suggestions so perhaps he will create a vst version for download with some encouragement.

I think you may have to install the .deb package to have the presets.

Also, I should say -- pm me or reply if you have trouble and I will see if I can help.

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