samplv1 and Noisemaker - sampler and synth
I've lost count of the number of newcomers to Ardour who have requested it should integrate synths, samplers and numerous other features. In many cases the features being requested are already available as LV2 plugins and so I wanted to post something to these forums to raise awareness of two of the best and most useful LV2 plugins currently available.
samplv1 - www.rncbc.org
Just when you thought there was some conspiracy by Apple, Avid, Steinberg or whoever to prevent and suppress a free and easy to use Linux sampler plugin, Rui releases his breakthrough samplv1 LV2 plugin! OK so its not as powerful as LinuxSampler, but at least it can load regular wavs without having to go via SFZ and you can learn to use it in minutes (seconds) rather than studying Linuxsampler full-time for a few years before you get it to play a sample.
TAL Noisemaker - http://distrho.sourceforge.net/ports.php
falkTX has done Linux musicians a massive favour by porting the pro-quality virtual analogue Noisemaker synthesizer to LV2. It includes hundreds of quality presets, all its controls can automated and it stands up against commercial synths for sound quality.
There are of course 100's more LV2 plugins out there, but I think these two deserve extra exposure due to their quality and utility.