(Abandoned) How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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(Abandoned) How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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Hi.

I never used Windows VST Plugins in a Linux environment.

I have Wine installed, though, Carla won't add Windows VST plugins per drag'n'drop.
It won't even find them after refreshing the list of VST plugins.

Any help available?

Thanks in advance, RSH
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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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Use LinVST - https://github.com/osxmidi/LinVst . It does a simple conversion of your Win VST plugins to make them run through WINE. Some don't work but most do (I've heard Waves ones can be temperamental). I regularly use TDR Nova and Dead Duck plugins this way.
And you just need a plugin host, Carla is fine but Ardour, Mixbus, etc. are good too.

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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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You need a few things installed beside carla and WINE like the bridges for Windows VST (carla-bridge-win32, carla-bridge-win64)
Check the ubuntu studio ppa or for the latest carla-git kx studio ppa, don't mix both or be very carful if you do so,
because they hold some of the same software and may collide.

Set the path to the DLLs, make sure WINE can access it in winecfg.
The bridges should show up in the scan screen of carla.
It should look something like the attach pic.
It can be a little tricky but once it works, it works.
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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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I have updated and installed everything of Carla from KX repository.
The win briges 32 and 64 are also installed.
Even though, I don't get the list of available tools like in your screenshot. :(
Also nothing to choose like Windows 32bit and 64bit. :(

All DLLs converted by linvst.
Path to the DLLs are setup in Carla, though I simply don't know how to make the DLLs accessible by wine in winecfg.

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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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Carla hosts native Windows plugins and all the other types.
Plugins converted with Linvst can be used natively without wine.
I have one folder in the WINE folder for the DLLs where everything is installed and point carla to it in the settings.
Maybe start carla from shell and see if it complains about something missing.
Screenshot shows what I got installed and what is not. Mixing it up with both ppas can cause strange problems.
I suspect something is missing, but it's hard to tell. I had some problems myself to get it running properly.
Good luck!
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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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One more thing: in winecfg under Drives, just make sure "Letter Z: Target folder / " is there together with the C: drive, because that where Carla loads the Windows plugin host with wine.

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Re: How to use Carla and Windows VST Plugins?

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Thanks for the help.

When running Carla from terminal there's no output of missing stuff, so all seems to be well.
Drag'n'drop .dll or converted .so files gives error messages about initialization of plugin failed.

I'll give up on this, as I don't need it for real.
I just was curious if I could get it to work.

Don't want to waste some more time on this. It's only a few sounds that I would like to use of some Windows plugins.
I can easily record these sounds and create some .sf2 sound files from recorded samples.

Again, thanks!

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