Ardour 3 and Windows VST (dll's)

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Jacko701
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Before posting here I tried to find a solution on forums and blog but I had no luck.
I run Arch Linux 64 bits and I have really no idea how to run Windows VST (dll extension).
Is there any step by step tutorial?
I installed my Ardour version (3.5.74) through pacman (pacman -S ardour) so I didn't any kind of personal compiling.
Linux native plugins run fine.

Thanks in advance.

LeatusPenguin
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You would have to compile Ardour yourself and enable Windows VST support in the build. Unless you really need specific plugins that aren't available on Linux, I would recommend using native plugins instead. If you do need to use Windows VST plugins, you could also try running them outside of Ardour via Festige and routing them in to Ardour. This way, if your plugin crashes, it won't bring down Ardour with it. Windows VST plugins on Linux can be very hit and miss unfortunately. Having said that, some do will run well but in most cases, I think it's better to stay with native plugins.

Jacko701
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Thanks a lot for your reply!
Is there any tutorial to compile Ardour with Windows VST support?
I cannot find Windows VST equivalents between Linux native plugins and so I'd like to give a try to .dll support.
I read about Festige as plugins router but I didn't understand how to arrange and I didn't find any helpful documentation.
Maybe I'm trying to find a too basic how-to.
Anyway, thanks again!

veda_sticks
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ive only tested festige a couple of time and hadnt actualy used it with ardour, but id imagine yuou would use an insert on the channel you want to use the vst with. and rout the insert in and outs to the festiges in and outs on that plugin instance using either ardours own patch bay or another patch bay like qjctrl or patchage.

LeatusPenguin
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I don't know if there is a tutorial and i can't help you with it myself as i've never built it with Windows VST support enabled. As veda_sticks said though, you could use inserts to route to plugins in Festige. Carla is another option. It's a plugin host and, as far as i know, you can load Windows VST's in it too. With Carla though, you can save and reload configurations of plugins.

anahata
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AVLinux comes with a version of Ardour compiled for Windows VST. The creator of AVLinux, who posts as "Gmaq" here, may be able to offer some pointers.

...or you could simply install AVLinux and start making music! (what I did)
See http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html and http://www.remastersys.com/forums/index.php

(hoping the inclusion of 2 URLS doesn't get me spam filtered)