VST plugins (especially soft synths) are designed to be limited.
Paul Davis wrote:
I can only speak for myself, but I guess that most people using open
source software are not interested in such kind of tools. There's no
reason to limit possibilities in the open source world because you don't
have to sell the same synth again and again.
I thought a lot of times about starting to write a soft synth similar to
those available in the VST world. But - again, at least for me - there's
no motivation, since I can fire up csound and create any kind of sound I
would imagine with a bunch of lines. Of course I don't have the shiny
graphical interfaces with rendered knobs. Instead I have unlimited
possibilities (as much oscillators as I want, connected in any possible
way, filters, effects, and so on).
It's all about marketing.
Yes, there are also commercial modular synthesizers which are versatile
as well. But, again, I can express much more (and more quickly) with a
bunch of lines in csound than using virtual patch cords. The main reason
to have virtual patch cords is marketing.
Moreover, even if we had VST plugins working perfectly on Linux, most
people wouldn't switch anyway. Linux is free, so it can't be as good as
an o.s. that costs money. Most musicians don't pay for software anyway,
but they perceive commercial software as better, because of its value in
This is less true for a web browser, for instance. Everybody like
Firefox. But it's crucial for most kinds of software. Especially in art
and music - where a lot has to do with irrationality and subjective
perception - most people don't trust open source software.
Just my 2 cents.
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