Collection:Audio plug-ins

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Plug-in architectures

Disposable Soft Synth Interface (DSSI)

Disposable Soft Synth Interface (DSSI) is sometimes described as Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API (LADSPA) for instruments. LADSPA is an audio effects plugin architecture for filters, reverbs and other sound processing software tools, whereas DSSI was designed specifically for instrument plugins that generate sound from note events.

Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API (LADSPA)

LADSPA is an acronym for Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API.

LADSPA Version 2 (LV2)

LV2, an acronym for Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API (LADSPA) version 2.

Virtual Studio Technology (VST)

VST has historically been a windows-only proprietary format. Recently, Steinberg has loosened up on its licensing and there is a new nix port of the VST technology. The reason you will not find many VST native for nixes (and perhaps never will) is because much like gamers and other artists - audio developers are not very libre minded. Unfortunately, because Steinberg has had a virtual monopoly on computer audio for so many years, "a VST" has become something of any unfortunate synonym for any "DSP plugin" - entirely discounting apple AUs and any of the nix formats.

Compiled from - Updated 8 October 2020. VST plugins compiled for native GNU/Linux. No WINE required, just a compliant host such as Ardour, Carla, Qtractor, and others.

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