VST: How long will Ardour support?

Steinberg is announcing the discontinuation of VST2. Will Ardour retain that legacy support? How long? Should we upgrade our old projects that still use VST2 plugins to VST3 ones?

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Yes, there are no plans to remove it. Ardour does not depend on Steinberg, so VST2 host support can continue indefinitely.

If you keep a backup of the VST2 plugins, so that you have them available when loading the session in the future, then no. Updating plugins may also change the sound, and you’ll likely also loose automation (if any).

However for new, and ongoing sessions prefer VST3. Ardour’s VST3 support is significantly better compared to VST2 (thanks to the VST3 spec being public and free/libre).


Thank you very much.

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