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Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby khz » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:14 am

Does this have a specific reason or purpose that there are two different folders?
If so, which one?
Why are not all VST (VST1/2/3) in a "~/.vst" folder?
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Re: Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby falkTX » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:10 am

because vst2 and vst3 are completely different formats, like night and day.
vst2 evolved from vst1, but vst3 did an entire new design. calling it VST is kinda misnomer, it has nothing to do with the previous spec except having the same company behind it.

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Re: Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby khz » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:47 am

OK, completely different formats.
That makes sense then. THX4feedback
VST1/VST2 is based on the ~1996 code, not bad. :shock: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology

LV2 is more modern than VST1/VST2. :idea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LV2
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Re: Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby khz » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:48 pm

Do the different plugin formats have to be in their own "~/.folder"?
Or: Can I create a "~/.plugin" folder and tell the program that all my /home plugins (VST/VST3/LV2/...) are there?
Or is that not good for the plugin's/DAW's/...?
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Re: Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby Lyberta » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:50 am

khz wrote:Do the different plugin formats have to be in their own "~/.folder"?
Or: Can I create a "~/.plugin" folder and tell the program that all my /home plugins (VST/VST3/LV2/...) are there?
Or is that not good for the plugin's/DAW's/...?


In theory host can try to probe the format using dlsym() but I think people decided against that.

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Re: Why ~/.vst ~/.vst3 at two different hidden folder?

Postby khz » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:23 am

As a musician/user it would be nice to have only one hidden folder for all my plugins.

But even with ~3 hidden folders it is clearly/unambiguously regulated, one must just pay attention to copy the respective plugin into the correct folder.
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