Paul Coccoli pcoccoli at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 09:51:38 PST 2008

On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 11:25 PM, Joseph Dell'Orfano
<fullgo at dellorfano.net> wrote:
> Preston C. wrote:
> In view of the situation, there are currently a few ways to use
> VST(i)s on our favourite distros:
> (1) Proprietary DAW software with Linux offerings. Examples are
> Renoise, energyXT..and I think that's about it.
> (2) Wine-friendly Windows software. Examples are..example is Reaper.
> (3) SDK-compiled Linux software that support it. Examples are Ardour,
> Rosegarden, and I can't really remember the rest. Here you need to
> download the SDK and configure the build to compile against the SDK.
> (4) Linux software with unique support for VSTs built in, with the
> help of Wine. Note: No SDK required. This is my personal favourite
> route to take. Examples are LMMS and Qtractor (via dssi-vst).
> ---- Extra note: Qtractor is different because it relies on a separate
> wrapper, which in turn has that unique Wine-based support built in:
> dssi-vst
> ---- Previously dssi-vst required the SDK, but not anymore. Yay.
> (5) Native VST host. Native here means Linux-only. These VSTs are
> those that are compiled for the Linux system. There is only 1 such
> host to my knowledge - Jost. The collection of plug-ins (ported or
> otherwise) isn't all that great, but it feels really good being able
> to run VST instruments natively without any overhead or performance
> loss. The author's few plug-ins are of high quality; a talented
> programmer AND musician he is.

I thought energyXT on Linux ran native VSTs only (not sure about
Renoise), putting it in category 5.  Can anyone confirm that for me?

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