Plugins LADSPA and LV2
I know there have been many forums about this, but I want to share an idea about the plugins in Ardour. Lots of people have requested that Ardour provides some basic plugins (equalizer, reverb and compressor). The problem that Linux users face is one of these two: when they install Ardour they have no plugins at all; or the distro they use provides hundreds of plugins (then the user needs to spend hours trying them all, learning which are useful, and ending with a list of 200 plugins, of which they maybe use 10).
I think it would not be very difficult to create one single package, something like "ardour-favorite-plugins". Then, users who just need a basic set of stable and efficient plugins, could simply install this package. We could use the feedback of experienced users (which already exists in these forums) to make a nice selection. I would like to share the plugins I use, most recommended in these forums:
LADSPA: SC4 (swh-plugins); TAP Dynamics (tap-plugins).
LV2: Invada Compressor (invada-lv2-plugins); Calf Compressor (calf).
LADSPA: C* Eq-10band (caps audio plugin suite); TAP Equalizer (tap-plugins).
LV2: 4-band parametric equalizer (lv2fil); CH-EQ1 and MX-EQ1 (linuxDSP).
LADSPA: Gverb (swh-plugins); Stereo Reverb (rev-plugins); Plate (caps audio plugin suite); TAP Reverberator (tap-plugins).
LV2: Calf Reverb (calf); Invada Early Reflection Reverb (invada-lv2-plugins).
LADSPA: Fast Lookahead Limiter (swh-plugins); TAP Limiter (tap-plugins).
LV2: Calf Filter (calf); Gate (swh-lv2-plugins).
I don't know who should start this project, I don't have the knowledge to make it myself, but shouldn't be too difficult to make a compilation of the favorite plugins in one package. What do you think? Maybe could be included in the download page (of course, as a separate package, and without support from the ardour development team); or at least have the link in the plugin page. I think this would help a lot to new users, as they would have a "ready to use" DAW with a basic set of plugins (as it happens with other professional DAW). Most people are not willing to spend hours and hours looking for a decent EQ, compressor and reverb.
I'm not saying Ardour should include plugins, I'm saying it could link to a separate project which has a selection of them. Somebody can help starting this project? Would it be so difficult/time consuming?