OMG OMG OMG Carla can now load Windows VSTs!
Make no mistake - this is true and it's happening *right now*, BUT has several issues.
Carla is still pre-beta, I'm still learning how to properly handle VSTs (Windows plugins surely know lots of ways to break a host/DAW...).
But this also gives Carla the chance to be better at native linux VST support, since the code is 99% the same.
The main problem right now is Windows plugins that require single-thread processing (DSP and UI), which Carla seems to have issues with.
anyway, here's the proof:
You may ask what will be supported - nothing, at least right now.
This is a nice feature to have, but it will be labeled as experimental for the time being (it will require extensive testing to make sure most plugins work).
For now I'll only focus on 3 plugin packs (to try to make them work, but still no support if things go bad):
- Kjaerhus Audio Classic pack (very nice, clean, small and useful. Company has died though)
- Image-Line plugins (because I own some from my Windows days)
- Synth1 (1 single plugin, simply too awesome)
If you want to give it a try, update your system and install 'carla-git' and 'carla-bridge-win32'.
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install carla-git carla-bridge-win32
Then configure the VST folders (inside Carla) to where your DLLs are and refresh the Windows-32bit plugin list.
You'll be able to load the plugins within Carla in multi-client mode.
Alternatively, you can load plugins via command-line, example:
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/usr/lib/carla/carla-bridge-win32.exe null VST ~/Personal/Muzyks/WinVST/Crystal_32.dll "client-name" "random-label"
modify the DLL plugin path as needed.
Once I figure out how to fix the multi-thread problem in Carla (and thus make 50%+ plugins to work), I'll let you know.
For now this is just a very cool feature sneak peak.