new Avid AXX plugin format
Avid has announced a new plugin format that will support both native and DSP card-based plugins for all of their future versions of Pro Tools.
If plugin formats are just an API definition, does this mean that it would be feasible for Ardour to support this native version of the AXX format? If Ardour could support this new native format, then it would probably open up Ardour to tons of future plugins that will no doubt be coming from the current mainstream Pro Tools plugin manufacturers like Waves, McDSP, etc.
I do not know the technical issues involved, but it seems to me that plugin code itself is not OS dependent. Is that true? If the plugin is coded so that it will run on both a dedicated DSP-based card AND a native x86 host, then I would think that the code would not have any OS dependencies. If that is the case, then it seems that if Ardour supported the native version of the AXX API, then the plugin could be used in Arbour.
If mainstream plugins (from Waves, McDSP, etc) could be used with Arbour, that would indeed be a nice push in helping Arbour gain more users.