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McLilith
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Postby McLilith; Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:12 am Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

After being away from things for a few years, I decided to return to the music software scene and learn to create my own VST plugins. What is currently the best choice of C++ compiler and/or IDE for creating VST plugins?

I'll be using a 64-bit, Windows 10 system for my development. I'm hoping to find a compiler and IDE that are available at no cost, but still well suited for VST development. I want to make sure my development environment is a good match for the current Steinberg VST SDK. What are my best options?

Also, should I primarily concentrate on 64-bit VST3 creation? That seems to be the latest standard.

Once upon a time, I did tech support for Camel Audio, back in its early days. I even wrote a utility program that created morphing files for their Cameleon 5000 synth. That small program is my only piece of music software so far, but that's a long way from the complexity of VST creation. So, I'm still a beginner in this area. I appreciate any tips people can give me to help me get started.

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Miles1981
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Postby Miles1981; Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:38 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Visual Studio 2017 hands down. You won't be able to find anything better for free.

Then try to use a framework for plugin support like WDL-OL or JUCE, and I would also recommend using a DSP library to jump start everything (hint: use mine :p)
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Postby McLilith; Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:50 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Miles1981 wrote:Visual Studio 2017 hands down. You won't be able to find anything better for free.

Then try to use a framework for plugin support like WDL-OL or JUCE, and I would also recommend using a DSP library to jump start everything (hint: use mine :p)


Is "Visual Studio Community 2017" the version I should download then? That seems to be the only free option, unless I overlooked something.

I'll definitely check out those other suggestions too.

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Postby whyterabbyt; Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:58 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Miles1981 wrote:Visual Studio 2017 hands down. You won't be able to find anything better for free.


I was rather impressed with VS Code not being a massively overblown monolith, FWIW.
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Postby PurpleSunray; Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:04 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

I use Visual Studio as an IDE and "clang with Microsoft CodeGen" as compiler (uses clang frontend with msvc code-generators on the backend).
Using it mainly because I'm sick of fixing compile issue between MSVC and gcc when switching platfroms... clang 4all has solved it.
resynthesis
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Postby resynthesis; Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:22 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Is The Projucer working correctly with VS2017 now? Last I looked VS2017 support was still in the dev branch.
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Postby nonnaci; Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:01 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

VST2 is still more commonly supported by DAWs than VST3.
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Postby Miles1981; Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:14 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

whyterabbyt wrote:
Miles1981 wrote:Visual Studio 2017 hands down. You won't be able to find anything better for free.


I was rather impressed with VS Code not being a massively overblown monolith, FWIW.

VS Code doesn't support C++. And it's nothing like VS.
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Postby Miles1981; Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:19 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

resynthesis wrote:Is The Projucer working correctly with VS2017 now? Last I looked VS2017 support was still in the dev branch.

yes
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Postby whyterabbyt; Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:48 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Miles1981 wrote:
whyterabbyt wrote:
Miles1981 wrote:Visual Studio 2017 hands down. You won't be able to find anything better for free.


I was rather impressed with VS Code not being a massively overblown monolith, FWIW.

VS Code doesn't support C++.



You might want to let Microsoft know that, they seem to be labouring under a misapprehension.

https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/languages/cpp

And it's nothing like VS.


Did someone claim it was?
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Postby resynthesis; Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:54 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

Miles1981 wrote:
resynthesis wrote:Is The Projucer working correctly with VS2017 now? Last I looked VS2017 support was still in the dev branch.

yes

Ace, thanks :tu:
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Postby Miles1981; Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:22 am Re: Current Best Suggestions for C++ Compiler / IDE?

whyterabbyt wrote:You might want to let Microsoft know that, they seem to be labouring under a misapprehension.

https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/languages/cpp

Thanks, this is new, but it still only preview. I wouldn't trust it yet.

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