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Old 06-14-2020, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Brand new laptop, going to run Linux - thoughts?

I have this beaut new laptop (have not even booted it to windows) and loaded the Elementary OS (which is really quite stunning!) so my question/s?

Is it better to run Reaper natively on Linux, and if so best way to migrate all my Sonar stuff over - OR -

Run Sonar using PlayonLinux (essentially a gui frontend for WINE) meaning all my existing plugs (especially Sampletank4 and Addictive Drums 2) will be able to be used? -OR-

Just install Reaper and use whatever linux native plugs are available (having a $ cost is fine!)

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Old 06-14-2020, 01:21 PM   #2
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The native Linux version works quite well for me. My newest project uses Linux plugins exclusively, although I have all my Windows plugins working in WINE and bridged using LinVST.
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Old 06-14-2020, 04:30 PM   #3
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Thanks - so LINVST, is that something I need to install as well as Playonlinux and WINE?
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Old 06-14-2020, 05:19 PM   #4
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If you run the native Linux version of REAPER and want to run Windows VST plugins, then you will need LinVST. It provides the bridge between Windows plugins running in WINE and REAPER running in Linux.
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Old 06-14-2020, 08:45 PM   #5
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cool! thx
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Old 06-16-2020, 06:45 AM   #6
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It is more stable using linux plugs only. Be ready to rollback by using timeshift or similar in linux before digging to deep. The more layer you add (wine) the more it tends to break at least that is my experience.

I also eventually get a stable installation with wine/linvst by choosing my steps and plugins/progs more carefully.
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Old 06-16-2020, 01:47 PM   #7
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If you run the native Linux version of REAPER and want to run Windows VST plugins, then you will need LinVST. It provides the bridge between Windows plugins running in WINE and REAPER running in Linux.
I've been looking in to linVST and it (in eOS) I can find no way to install it?

Is there a step by step guide anywhere to actually get it installed? I looked at git hub and was immediately overwhelmed hahaha!
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I've been looking in to linVST and it (in eOS) I can find no way to install it?

Is there a step by step guide anywhere to actually get it installed? I looked at git hub and was immediately overwhelmed hahaha!
Seems I remember just unzipping and copying a couple files to specific locations. It was a year ago when I set mine up. This looks like the steps I did though, and it looks like there are .zip and .deb files you can grab on this page.

https://github.com/osxmidi/LinVst/releases
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:02 AM   #9
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COOL!!! thanks heaps - much easier
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Old 06-23-2020, 09:04 AM   #10
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If you are finding LinVST too much of a hassle then try Airwave, it does the same and even has a GUI to help you with the conversion. All you'll need is a folder to place the converted plugin files, then add the folder path to your Reaper and re-scan your plugins.
Some plugins will not work but most will work. just make sure you don't use too many of them as they tend to consume more resources than native Linux plugins.
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:31 PM   #11
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thanks! Yeah pretty much the only VST's (windows) I'll be using will be Sampletank and Addictive drums, oh and maybe a couple of the really good ST effects - compressors and reverbs
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If you are finding LinVST too much of a hassle then try Airwave, it does the same and even has a GUI to help you with the conversion. All you'll need is a folder to place the converted plugin files, then add the folder path to your Reaper and re-scan your plugins.
Some plugins will not work but most will work. just make sure you don't use too many of them as they tend to consume more resources than native Linux plugins.
That Airwave looks cool, but for a newbie that is pretty awkward to install haha!
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