Just in case anyone was wondering, if you want VST’s to work on your Mac you can go ahead and download the Audacity VST Enabler (http://audacityteam.org/vst/). Just place it (and your plugins) into Applications/Ardour/Contents/Plugins and you’re set to go! Took me a while to figure out, so I thought I might as well help out anybody else looking for a solution.
I don’t want to say a wrong thing, but I think to remember that some months ago I managed to run some VST plugins on 64-bit Linux (and 64-bit Ardour of course), too, using that VST enabler.
EDIT: I have reinstalled both DSSI-VST-Server and VST enabler now, and I cannot understand which of the two makes Windows VST work on Ardour. Anyway, Ardour 64-bit with VST works smoothly, and this is the important thing : )
This will work with any other VST->AU bridge too, there are a couple out there. Thanks for the tip though.
Working in latest Ardour?
Anybody still getting this to work in the latest Ardour (3)? I tried downloading the Audacity VST Enabler. I put it in the appropriate place, and then Ardour crashes during startup. It is clearly the presence of the plugin, because when I remove it, everything is once again fine.
Is there an Ardour 3 solution to using VSTs? I’ve got quite a few of them in the appropriate subdirectory (/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST) but they do not show up in Ardour. (My AU plugins do show up.)
I tried it on the actual version (3.5.308). I put the VST Bridge (from audacity) into Applications/Ardour/Contents/Plugins.
Ardour can open and load my session.
But in the console appear :
[ERROR]: LADSPA: cannot load module "/Applications/Ardour.app/Contents/Plugins/vst-bridge.so" (dlopen(/Applications/Ardour.app/Contents/Plugins/vst-bridge.so, 2): no suitable image found. Did find: /Applications/Ardour.app/Contents/Plugins/vst-bridge.so: no matching architecture in universal wrapper)
And I can’t see any VST in the plug-in list.
Does anyone understand the origin of that problem ?
Thanks in advance
No matching architecture? The vst-bridge from audacity is maybe 32Bit en your osx version is 64bit?
If you got Ardour as a free demo from ardour.org, that is a 64 bit build and will not support 32 bit plugins.
even if its not thought for this use, as Paul said, I could resolve different questions with AULab :
when JackPilot is launched, open AULab to make a first routing using JackPilot , and after that, when Ardour is launched, Ardour " finds " “INs” and “Outs”
but not all are OK
( not tested here)
Yes, this is 64bit version. I understand the problem now. Thank you very much guys.
I know what I have to do : a dual boot on my laptop and use the linux solution : more stable at this time and with the open source philosophy I appreciate so much.
I am attempting to get VST plugins working on my Mac. I’ve downloaded Audacity VST Enabler as suggested, but I can’t follow the next step and place this in the applications folder, as for some reason, Ardour doesn’t have an applications folder on my mac.
Can anyone advise what I should do?
On OS X all applications are represented as a folder located anywhere on the system. You will find Ardour’s wherever you put it. There is no fixed location, although “Applications” is a common one.
You are much better off focusing on using AudioUnit plugins on OS X, and if you insist on using VST plugins, then get a real VST=>AudioUnit bridge rather than the Audacity hack.