I seem to be doing everything as suggested in this FAQ, have three VST folders /usr/lib/vst, /usr/local/lib/vst and ~/.vst. I set up VST_PATH as told, but when I do echo $VST_PATH it’s still empty.
Moreover, I copied some free VSTi’s to all those folders AND the default ./home/vst folder, but STILL Renoise can’t find any instruments!
Renoise LOG> VSTPlugs: VST_PATH environment variable not set. Using '/usr/lib/vst:/usr/local/lib/vst:~/.vst'...
Renoise LOG> VSTPlugs: Searching for new VST plugins in '/usr/lib/vst/'...
Renoise LOG> VSTPlugs: Searching for new VST plugins in '/usr/local/lib/vst/'...
Renoise LOG> VSTPlugs: Searching for new VST plugins in '/home/oleksus/.vst/'...
And nothing! Although there ARE dll’s present in all these folders, and they’re free, meaning they need no installation.
Linux VST are not .DLL files: they are .SO files instead; you are trying to load Windows VST plugins under Linux, which is not possible in a straightforward way: you should use an emulator but it’s really not recommended to do so.
Hmm. Now I DO think that it’s a good idea to include support for Buzz machines. This way one single license provides a heckuva lot of synths and generators. I mean Renoise SHOULD have at least some generators. Because fx are a lot, while generators are - zilch.
Or we just have to motivate the commercial plug developers to try and create some Linux ports of their own work.
Specially those producers who have a Mac port of their product should be capable of making a Linux port without too much fuzz.
Because there is hardly any available VST plugin on Linux does not grant a good excuse for Buzz machines. You can still assemble your own internal instruments in Renoise itself. Don’t forget the Renoise internal instrument structure will be getting a complete overhaul and i suspect (read:i hope) this will come within the upcoming year and a half.
Programming a synth behavior (instead of playing with prerendered waves) is way more fun, less space consuming and much more creative. Why should I keep a few dozen bulky samples of the same note if I can code it’s behaviour in a single column? Sometimes sample wielding is better for certain resulsts. But a synth is a MUST have.
Oh yes, it damn well does. To “wait” until some devs conjure up some basic generators seems far less promising than taking a couple hundred ready to use machines with a single licence. Besides, some of those machines are way too cool in their own right, and there’s no similar thing in VST. Trust me on this.
Do you chisel your own guitars too? Or maybe build your own microchips from silicon waffles? Well, good for you. I code my music, not necessarily the tools themselves.
oleska, your point of view is understandable and clear, but unfortunately we have to cope with reality: there won’t be BUZZ support in Renoise because BUZZ’s author has rejected the money offer he received, and he didn’t this because it was not enouigh money (which would be in his style, anyway), but for personal reasons. Yes, you have to give him money in order to be able to use free machines which have been donated by people who took great effort and much spare time to code them.
moreover, don’t expect that some coder will ever try to create a BUZZ wrapper for Linux for two main reasons:
I’m pretty sure the tool in this case is the computer…
Furthermore, I use OS X. I pay a little more, and am frustrated a little less?
Renoise supports third party plug-ins. A lack of third party plug-ins are the fault of third parties not coding them. You’re basically asking for a change because you changed platforms, yet the limitations were clear from the start.
Many people who switch from Windows to Mac get the same kick in the ass when they realize there are less plug-ins than before.
I do agree that Renoise should have a built in synth. No objections from me on that point.
Anyway, it was a joke.
The fact remains, Linux is a choice with freedom and consequences. Coding goes further. Check out Buzztard, maybe?
Perhaps some dev could take a tip from LMMS and make a VST handler for Renoise that would load Windows VSTi through Wine? LMMS seems to handle them fine running through Wine, and I just can’t give up my Jazz Baby right now.
No, in Ubuntu Linux you go to #ubuntu and ask and someone who remembers someone having the same problem will help you. Or you do some creative googling. That’s why I don’t go and install the latest OS right away… I wait for someone else to find the bugs so they can answer my questions.
Well, there is in fact quite a nice way around it.
The original commercial buzzlib has a free alternative, which is called Armstrong(formery known as ‘zzublib’). People use it to make buzz clones, like Aldrin without having to pay buzz developer.
It is absolutely possible to take the free sourcecode of several (most polished) buzz-generators and compile them for Renoise. That way we’ll have awesome synths in Renoise, for free!
The abovementioned Buzztard has those machine sources available for download.