Re: [LAU] Plugin confused

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To: Chip VanDan <chip.vandan@...>
Cc: A list for linux audio users <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 10:31 pm

On Mon, 15 Nov 2010, Chip VanDan wrote:

> I recently was writing up an article for my site about my experiences

If you're looking for a concise answer, you'll be
hard-pressed to find one. This has plenty of links to the
different tech... and each site usually has a FAQ about why
they're different:

Perhaps a too-simple way to view it is this:

LADSPA is like VST (but no GUI ability),
and only does effects.

DSSI is like VSTi, and provides a way to
make virtual instruments.

LV2 is designed to be the end-all-be-all,
extensible Free Plugin format. It
can be like VST, and VSTi, and more.

VST/VSTi's major problem is that the license does not
work well with Free Software.

There's still a bit of friction between fans of DSSI and

DSSI is a pragmatic solution to the need
for instrument plugins that are analog to VSTi.
However, if some other class of plugin comes
along (VSTx), neither DSSI nor LADSPA will
be able to handle it.

LV2 is a solution that defines a basic plugin
discovery mechanism... and its core features
are to be implemented by /extensions/. The
strength is that LV2 can do "anything" (VST,
VSTi, VSTx, french roast coffee)... just
write an extension for it. The weakness is
that there is not (and will not be) a canonical
set of extensions. This has very confusing to
a lot of people... and some even disagree
with the philosophy.

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Messages in current thread:
[LAU] Plugin confused, Chip VanDan, (Mon Nov 15, 9:33 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, David Adler, (Tue Nov 16, 4:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Mon Nov 15, 10:31 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Andrew C, (Mon Nov 15, 10:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Julien Claassen, (Mon Nov 15, 9:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Paul Davis, (Mon Nov 15, 10:11 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Chris Cannam, (Tue Nov 16, 9:40 am)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Georg Holzmann, (Tue Nov 16, 6:27 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Chip VanDan, (Mon Nov 15, 10:24 pm)
Re: [LAU] Plugin confused, Fritz Meissner, (Mon Nov 15, 10:33 pm)