bkFX v0.6.0 - Free Effects Suite (VST3 Win/Linux) [Update June 2021]

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KVRian
738 posts since 8 Feb, 2005

Post Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:45 pm

these are great news. i use bkmodfilter in every track! these will finally force me to use vst3 :/ Thanks a lot.

KVRist
457 posts since 12 Mar, 2013 from Russia, Vladivostok

Post Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:44 am

Plugins (vst3) doesn't load in JUCE - hosts on Linux. For example - Carla which uses it for vst3 support.

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KVRist

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333 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Post Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:07 am

Kott wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:44 am
Plugins (vst3) doesn't load in JUCE - hosts on Linux. For example - Carla which uses it for vst3 support.
Right, apparently some hosts don't recognize plain .vst3 libraries but expect a "bundle" directory structure to be present. Fixed in 0.6.0a:
http://www.blaukraut.info/downloads/bkFX_0.6.0a.zip

KVRist
457 posts since 12 Mar, 2013 from Russia, Vladivostok

Post Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:47 pm

karrikuh wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:07 am
Kott wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:44 am
Plugins (vst3) doesn't load in JUCE - hosts on Linux. For example - Carla which uses it for vst3 support.
Right, apparently some hosts don't recognize plain .vst3 libraries but expect a "bundle" directory structure to be present. Fixed in 0.6.0a:
http://www.blaukraut.info/downloads/bkFX_0.6.0a.zip
Thank You!

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KVRist
52 posts since 11 Jun, 2019

Post Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:14 pm

Not sure if this is a bug, but I tried using these, and FL Studio doesn't seem able to show the parameters knobs in the plugin window.

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The parameters do show up in the list, and I can modify them albeit awkwardly, but all I get to see are the decimal values of the parameters, don't know which mode is which.

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KVRist

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333 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Post Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:11 pm

cyrb wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:14 pm
Not sure if this is a bug, but I tried using these, and FL Studio doesn't seem able to show the parameters knobs in the plugin window. <...>
I noticed that, too, during my tests but settled with blaming FL for this. I suspect the issue is specific to VST3 plug-ins without GUI. Do you happen to have other plug-ins installed that fall into this category?

I started investigating today but still am unable to see anything wrong in the plugins that could explain the behavior. Not sure how I should proceed here right now, I'm afraid.

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KVRist
52 posts since 11 Jun, 2019

Post Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:04 pm

karrikuh wrote:
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:11 pm
Do you happen to have other plug-ins installed that fall into this category?
I have a bunch of VST2 effects (older Xhip, airwindows and mda bundles), which have no GUI and show the controls just fine. VST2 Instruments vst2413 and Muon's Atom have no GUI and also work fine.

As for VST3, I can only find your bkFX and the mda bundle in the VST3 sdk (which I tried and apparently it also suffers the same problem).

I think someone noticed this exact issue here: https://forums.steinberg.net/t/multiple ... dio/201937
It could just be incompetence on FL's fault for not following spec, an FL dev mentions they knew of no GUI-less VST3 plugs to test... But I suppose this issue will be resolved when a GUI is added. :D

Would it be possible to get the last version of the VST2 builds? I understand they won't be updated, but considering those would likely work just fine, it'd be appreciated, if just to familiarize myself with the parameter ranges (since I can alter the VST3 parameters, just has to be a decimal number).

Despite this, I've been playing with bkChorus and I'm really impressed. I typically use the "Chorus+" or "Ensemble" mode (they sound very similar, are there any fundamental differences?), or the dimension one in rarer cases.

Here's three layers of Charlatan with a 50% mix of bkChorus (no reverb, just release tails + kHs Stereo on the master):

Ensemble: https://ia600301.us.archive.org/12/item ... semble.ogg

Dimension+: https://ia600301.us.archive.org/12/item ... ension.ogg

The 4/6 voice modes are like a much more configurable "LX" Chorus, but it's brighter, letting in a bit more high end. Out of 32 free plugins I'm comparing, this one is easily in the top 5.

Though the stereo width control is a bit confusing. 0 and 100% seem to be both Mono, with 50% seems to be the the highest amount of stereo spread?

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