[PD] [PD-announce] vstplugin~ 0.1-alpha released

oliver oliver at klingt.org
Fri Nov 30 15:44:36 CET 2018


thanks a lot for this, having longed for this for years !

my first tests of VST plugins ran like a charm !
(pd 0.49 and Win7)

as for VST instruments (software synths) - that was a little more 

while my test synths did load alright, i couldn't really recall preset 
banks. i COULD load them but the "program_set" message did not load them.

(BTW: there's an error in the help file on this message box.
right now it says [program_set( while it should say [program_set $1(  )

i had "light" success with the "midi_program_change 1 $1" message but 
not on all of them. some freezed PD.

i have to add that i use a couple of rather old and obscure "no-install" 
synths ("ODsay", "Oatmeal" ...) that might be too old and buggy, so the 
problem's moste likely not on your side.

(For example with OATMEAL, i could not use the native GUI interface at 
all (the UI did not update, preset banks didn't load, buttons are 

A "commercial" synth like "Discovery" worked as expected for the most 
parts. but the GUI also didn't update when a new preset was loaded. it 
only updated when i moved a slider.

but all in all:

great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great work !



Christof Ressi wrote:
> Dear list,
> I'm happy to announce the first alpha release of [vstplugin~], an external to - you guessed it - load VST plugins in Pd.
> features:
> * cross platform (Windows, MacOS and Linux)
> * load any kind of VST plugin (audio effect, MIDI effect, soft synth etc.)
> * automate plugin programmatically with Pd messages
> * use either the native VST GUI (WIN32, Cocoa, X11) or a generic Pd editor
> * preset management: read/write standard .fxp and .fxb files or
>    set/get the plugin state as a Pd lists to build your own preset management.
> * choose between single and double precision (if the plugin supports it)
> * MIDI input/output
> * basic sequencing support (for arpeggiators, sequencers etc.)
> NOTE: currently only VST2.x plugins are supported but VST3 support will come soon!
> see vstplugin~-help.pd for detailed instructions.
> the external is already available on Deken. here's the source code: https://git.iem.at/ressi/vstplugin
> please report any issues, questions or feature requests to https://git.iem.at/ressi/vstplugin/issues
> NOTE: on MacOS, the plugin GUI defaults to the generic Pd editor, use "-gui" to force the native VST GUI. if you want to know why, check out the README.
> *** for all the Cocoa devs lurking, please have a look at: https://git.iem.at/ressi/vstplugin/issues/4 - I need your advice :-) ***
> have fun!
> Christof
> PS: check out the wonderful IEM plugin suite (https://plugins.iem.at/) - a set of crossplatform and open source Ambisonics VST plugins developed at the IEM.
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