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    best audio plugins

    hello! I'm looking for the best audio instrument plugins for use with Ardour or lmms.
    Please tell me your preferences..

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    Hi. I am a fanatic of any LADSPA and LV2 plugin that actually exists, but CALF plugins (http://calf.sourceforge.net/) are my favourite ones. Here you can find DISTRHO plugins, I think they are really interesting: http://distrho.sourceforge.net/ . Here some plugin that are very cool, but I experienced some difficult trying to run them under ubuntu 12.04 (they are out of the box with 10.04) http://code.google.com/p/juced/downloads/list (for more infos: http://www.anticore.org/jucetice/). Here some cool software (even if not all of them are LADSPA or LV2 plugins or VST): http://kokkinizita.linuxaudio.org/linuxaudio/ , http://non.tuxfamily.org/ , http://www.rncbc.org/drupal/ , http://tombaran.info/autotalent.html , http://www.linux-vst.com/ , http://www.joebutton.co.uk/fst/ .

    EDIT: Today I've installed the invada studio plugins... they seems well made (I tried just the compressor and I found it comfortable and accurate) https://launchpad.net/invada-studio .
    Last edited by CrocoDuck; December 22nd, 2012 at 03:33 PM.

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    Re: best audio plugins

    thank you very much,crocoduck!

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    Re: best audio plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by CrocoDuck View Post
    Hi. I am a fanatic of any LADSPA and LV2 plugin that actually exists, but CALF plugins (http://calf.sourceforge.net/) are my favourite ones. Here you can find DISTRHO plugins, I think they are really interesting: http://distrho.sourceforge.net/ . Here some plugin that are very cool, but I experienced some difficult trying to run them under ubuntu 12.04 (they are out of the box with 10.04) http://code.google.com/p/juced/downloads/list (for more infos: http://www.anticore.org/jucetice/). Here some cool software (even if not all of them are LADSPA or LV2 plugins or VST): http://kokkinizita.linuxaudio.org/linuxaudio/ , http://non.tuxfamily.org/ , http://www.rncbc.org/drupal/ , http://tombaran.info/autotalent.html , http://www.linux-vst.com/ , http://www.joebutton.co.uk/fst/ .

    EDIT: Today I've installed the invada studio plugins... they seems well made (I tried just the compressor and I found it comfortable and accurate) https://launchpad.net/invada-studio .
    hi all,
    if I download a native plugin with .so extension, where I have to place it to be used in LMMS? how do install .so plugin for LMMS?

    thanks in advance

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    Re: best audio plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by milozeta View Post
    hi all,
    if I download a native plugin with .so extension, where I have to place it to be used in LMMS? how do install .so plugin for LMMS?

    thanks in advance
    Depends on what kind of plugin it is. I don't know where lmms keeps builting plugins, and if it's even possible to add plugins that way, but..

    you can find ladspa plugins at /usr/lib/ladspa
    and lv2 at /usr/lib/lv2

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    Re: best audio plugins

    What are the best free VSTs, soundfonts, LADSPA, LV2, etc, instrument and effect plug-ins? For instruments, I would need drumkits, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, orchestral and choir, and techno stuff.

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    Re: best audio plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by Koori Graywolf View Post
    What are the best free VSTs, soundfonts, LADSPA, LV2, etc, instrument and effect plug-ins? For instruments, I would need drumkits, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, orchestral and choir, and techno stuff.
    For drums I would recommend you use a standalone sequencer such as Hydrogen and then record it in Ardour or something similar. I dont know of any drum plugins as such.

    As for the other instruments - it somewhat depends on the sound you are looking for. When going for free soundfonts you tend to find a lot sound very artificial with a relatively limited number that sound reasonably authentic. Have a google for Belatrix Orchestra - there are some donwloads available for this that I used recently. A lot of the soundfonts are a little poor for me (I also had trouble with some scratchy sounds on some of them but I think that may have been a resampling issue that could be fixed at my end) but there are a few very nice sounding ones tucked away in there as well. For orchestral stuff the Squidfont Orchestra is good - other thna that you just need to trawl through them all and see what you like.

    For choir stuff I really cant help. I have been looking for a decent choir soundfont for quite a while and still havent found one I like. The only option may be to break out the wallet and pay for something better. Or find some free samples and make my own (dont think I have the skill for that).

    For effects again it depends on what you need. I expect Linux DSP are among the best but as they are not Free I havent got them to test (keep meaning to buy them but cant quite bring myself to do it). I would suggest just download all the free ones you can find and test them. TAP make good ones as do CALF. INVADA arent bad either. Then there are a whole host of others.

    Hope that helsp in some way.


    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylos View Post
    For drums I would recommend you use a standalone sequencer such as Hydrogen and then record it in Ardour or something similar. I dont know of any drum plugins as such.

    As for the other instruments - it somewhat depends on the sound you are looking for. When going for free soundfonts you tend to find a lot sound very artificial with a relatively limited number that sound reasonably authentic. Have a google for Belatrix Orchestra - there are some donwloads available for this that I used recently. A lot of the soundfonts are a little poor for me (I also had trouble with some scratchy sounds on some of them but I think that may have been a resampling issue that could be fixed at my end) but there are a few very nice sounding ones tucked away in there as well. For orchestral stuff the Squidfont Orchestra is good - other thna that you just need to trawl through them all and see what you like.

    For choir stuff I really cant help. I have been looking for a decent choir soundfont for quite a while and still havent found one I like. The only option may be to break out the wallet and pay for something better. Or find some free samples and make my own (dont think I have the skill for that).

    For effects again it depends on what you need. I expect Linux DSP are among the best but as they are not Free I havent got them to test (keep meaning to buy them but cant quite bring myself to do it). I would suggest just download all the free ones you can find and test them. TAP make good ones as do CALF. INVADA arent bad either. Then there are a whole host of others.

    Hope that helsp in some way.


    Cheers
    Very helpful, thanks a lot!

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    Re: best audio plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylos View Post
    For drums I would recommend you use a standalone sequencer such as Hydrogen and then record it in Ardour or something similar. I dont know of any drum plugins as such....
    There are drum plugins, like ADM from Audorealism, and the CM-505 by Linplug. Hydrogen is more of a stand-alone application, but I it's my favorite drum machine software synth. You can export your loops in Hydrogen as MIDI or audio files, but you could also route it into a DAW, as Sylos said.

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    Re: best audio plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by gnuman View Post
    There are drum plugins, like ADM from Audorealism, and the CM-505 by Linplug. Hydrogen is more of a stand-alone application, but I it's my favorite drum machine software synth. You can export your loops in Hydrogen as MIDI or audio files, but you could also route it into a DAW, as Sylos said.
    thank you, but vsts don't work well on my sistem. Does any one know of a linux native drum synth plugin or standalone? Something like roland tr-909.

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