twitewhite wrote: I'd be willing to switch to Linux almost immediately once Bitwig/Reaper has a way to easily use Windows VSTs in Linux.
LinVst does make using vsts in linux daws very easy,
and most plugins lacking pace, dongles, or convoluted
installer/register apps will work. Wine-staging 3.13
or wine-stable 3.02 can be found at
and used in the background by LinVst
Here is a quick plugin-wrapping how-2
The LinVst archive provides
to be placed in both /home/me and /usr/bin
and in just /usr/bin,
You can start linvstconvert or the linvstconverttree version in
a terminal, and a semi-self-explanatory gui opens
1. click the topmost button, labeled 'none', a browser opens,
browse to and select your linvst.so
2. click the next button down, should be labeled according to
your linux system username. In this popup browser, scroll down
to the bottom of the list, and select 'other',
then browse to the vst .dll, or
folder of vsts, that you want to convert.
3. click the bottom button, 'Start'. The plugins are wrapped,
and faster than you can doubleclick
Now add your vst folder to your daw app's plugin path,
and restart it, or do a clear-cache-rescan etc.
there are quite a few technicalities covered in the readme's
at the git site, along with the apps.
some debian-ubuntu binaries are there, so no compiling
There is now an official linux reaper forum
where questions will be answered, sometimes
by Justin himself.
And nearby is a dedicated topic for using windows vsts in
(the linvstconverttree version, will recursively find plugins
all in one go, handy when a dev has chosen to nest
the actual .dll file. But don't try it on the whole
Program Files folder, just a folder full of vsts,
wherever you choose to put it.
For a distro that's ready to make music,
iognulinux or avlinux are good choices.