[LV2] plea to plugin UI devs

Albert Graef aggraef at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 10:31:29 PDT 2016

On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 4:54 PM, Robin Gareus <robin at gareus.org> wrote:

> reality is that (sadly) LV2 will remain in some insignificant corner.

That's the typical chicken-and-egg problem. Technically, LV2 is clearly
superior to VST IMHO, and it's the only truly open cross-platform plugin
standard that's capable of satisfying both host and plugin authors' needs.
But VST has had a head start and there's an abundance of both free and
commercial VST plugins out there, so that's what virtually all DAWs (except
Apple's offerings) support. IMHO that's not even the (perceived) quality of
the plugins, it's the sheer number that counts. This just won't change over
night, so we should get over it. LV2 is still comparatively young, give it
some time.

One crucial missing ingredient, however, is DAW support. The situation
*might* begin to change if one of the "big" commercial DAWs (other than
Ardour) starts supporting LV2, and also on platforms other than Linux. I'm
obviously looking at Bitwig there. They're not that big (yet), but they're
doing quite well.

When that happens, everything that LV2 can do that VST can't, may become an
incentive for plugin authors to look into LV2. Like custom inline displays
for mixer strips. ;-) I don't care whether that's better done on the host
or the plugin side technically. Plugin writers just love extra gimmicks
like that, and there's nothing bad about that if they're actually doing
something useful IMHO.


Dr. Albert Gr"af
Computer Music Research Group, JGU Mainz, Germany
Email:  aggraef at gmail.com
WWW:    https://plus.google.com/+AlbertGraef
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