It-Alien, you’ve been extremely helpful, so forgive me for bugging you again. (Or if anyone else can answer this, feel free.)
As expected, I’m starting to hear complaints about the no-VSTs rule. As such, I’ve been wondering if there is in fact a good way to run a public-voting compo for next-gen trackers that DOES allow VSTs.
Problem is, VSTs are the aspect of the next-gen trackers that I know the absolute least about. But between my busy work schedule and my limited free time being spent with my girlfriend, I’ve had no chance to fire up any next-gen programs and figure what this stuff is all about.
Except for today. I came home from work this morning (I work overnight) unexpectedly wide awake, called my girlfriend’s house, and discovered that she is sleeping and doesn’t plan to wake up for a while. And I’m feeling industrious today, so I grabbed Renoise, Skale and Mad Tracker, and I’ve been tinkering around with them and Reading The f****ing Manuals for the past 2 hours.
I’ve noticed that VSTs are actually .dll files. So here’s my question: does Renoise only use VSTs that are stored in a particular directory somewhere, or does it scan the entire hard drive looking for VSTs it can use?
Heck, same question for Skale too. (Their forums are down, or else I’d ask this there.)
The reason I ask is that on Skale’s website, there are two demonstration songs by Awesome. The ZIP files include several VSTs each in them, and I simply extracted both ZIPs straight into the Skale folder, loaded the songs, clicked play, and discovered that Skale found the VSTs on its own and was using them. So naturally this has me wondering if I should simply require that if a next-gen entry uses any VSTs, they must be included in the ZIP file along with the song itself.
Heck, here’s a crazy thought: considering that the .dll files themselves aren’t very big, wouldn’t it make sense to just find a way to save them directly into the RNS file itself? Think about it. Samples and instruments can be saved as individual files, but they can also be stored directly in an RNS file. Why couldn’t the same be done with the VST .dll files?
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