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Linux vst support (also for bitwig 3.0)


#1

Hi,

porting a vst to linux is generally easy and sometimes absolutely trivial. What about creating a beta program for a linux vst version? U-he does that, there’s no support but most linux users pay their licenses nevertheless. Bitwig supports linux; 3.0 is upcoming and has modular fx with pitch input which sounds astonishing on guitar, so a truly multiplatform jamorigin VST would complement that quite well.


#2

Allthough a VST port for linux might seem simple, the amount of work/support needed for it would be considerable, and if we were to release a standalone on linux it would be very hard to get the product as good as on win/mac/iOS, with all those flavours of Linux.
MG covers allready 3 platforms (iOS,macOS, and Windows) and the amount of work that comes with that is considerable: adding Linux and/or Android would be an overload now.
But we’ll keep an eye on it.


#3

Yes, I heard this answer other times and also from other software companies. I’ll leave my arguments here anyway.

Look: I love your product; I tried it on windows and I found it unbelievably good; but I can’t use and will never buy it, it since my setup is linux. I understand you have no budget to get staff specifically working on linux, but on the other hand you would get some more traction if you embrace linux users.

U-he, bitwig and pianoteque did that and I guess it’s clear that they got some good advantage by that (look at the growth of bitwig, which is a competitor to nothing less than Ableton live!). I do believe linux users are a fraction of bitwig’s users that are significantly more vocal and more attached to the product than the rest. I simply can’t switch to live, for instance, so I became a supporter of bitwig.

Also, just to be very clear and direct: I do think support for linux should NOT be your concern; if you sell cross-platform licenses you can let people just be “beta testers” for the linux version until you have a large enough user base. I don’t think many linux-audio producers would complain.

eagerly awaiting for news (since a couple of years) on the topic.


#4

You state to not expect support on such a product: this is your personal choice, but most users will expect full support if they buy it explicitly for their Linux computer… So that is the reason we’ll only do it well supported, if we’ll support it at all: we wouldn’t want to ask money from people for a product we’re not convinced of ourselves.
The amount of traction which is obtainable from a linux version is a black box to us: there has been little demand for it sofar. We occasionally are asked whether we have an android version (2 or 3 times a year) and Linux is even behind that.
If Bitwig and maybe a few other professional DAW’s start to attract more users on lInux, we would most likely receive more request for a linux version, sofar this effect hasnt been really noticeable.


#5

Hi,
+1 from me for Linux version. There are not just Bitwig only commercial DAW, but Reaper, Tracktion, Mixbus. And of course many opensource DAW/Hosts.

Allthough a VST port for linux might seem simple
MG build in JUCE, so it seems, yes :slight_smile:

I think it can be free (time limited) for beta testing period.