[ubuntu-studio-devel] Audio Handbook

Erich Eickmeyer eeickmeyer at ubuntu.com
Wed Feb 20 17:28:11 UTC 2019

Hi Peter! Good to hear from you!

On Wed, 2019-02-20 at 11:59 -0500, Peter Reppert wrote:
> Hi, everyone.  Just a note to say I saw the discussion.  I haven't
> looked at version 19.04 - any and all helpful updates to the Audio
> Manual are encouraged!  I finally got around to trying out LinVST and
> that was a huge disappointment, first because it's a very messy
> install that stumped me, and second because it turns out that even
> though it converts .dll's to .so files, it still requires Windows.  I
> didn't bother with AirWave because it appears to also require Wine. 
> I added a paragraph about these here: 
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuStudio/AudioHandbook/AdvancedRecordingArdour

> There's something to be said for getting the most out of the plugins
> that run natively.  But it's too bad that there just aren't more Unix
> versions put out by the various soft synth developers.  In the end,
> musicians are going to want the big crayon box, and with the least
> hassle. Let me know if I've got anything wrong or if there's a
> solution in the works. 

Well, the good news with this is that Carla is very close to being
included. If nothing else we're putting it in the backports PPA. While
the Windows bridges won't be included if you just install Carla, the
bridges are available as separate sub-packages installable from the
command line, Synaptic, or (my personal favorite) Muon.

> As for the Calf situation - seems worth a clarifying word in the
> appendix, no?

I can think of an idea to mitigate the problem with the bugs: grab the
LMMS package that Ross fixed and the Calf 0.90.1 package and stick them
both in the Backports PPA. This way anyone who usese the backports PPA
will get most of the packaging bugs resolved because calf-ladspa isn't
a dependency of LMMS in the new package and Calf 0.90.1 conflicts with
it, forcing its removal. That will keep Ardour from finding & testing
the calf-ladspa plugins which have inevitably caused it to crash. If
anyone has a better idea (my ideas aren't always the best, admittedly),
feel free to chime in.

While I understand that's only part of the problem, it's the #1 bug
Robin Gareus has told me they have with Ubuntu Studio. We don't have
too much control over the bugs inside of Calf, but we do have some
control over the packaging.

Thanks for the input, Peter!

Erich Eickmeyer
Council Chair
Ubuntu Studio

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