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> Cardinal 22.11 released
On 2022-11-27 by falkTX

Hi everyone, we have another Cardinal release, 22.11, with a very welcome change and important bugfixes.
Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin.
It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version.

Contributed by Francesco Cameli we now have modules processing order based on cable connections rather than when they were first added to the Rack.
With this, there is now a guarantee that no single sample feedback is introduced between cable connections, unless feedback connections are in place or modules have internal buffering.

As an example, Francesco provided a simple patch that plays a sine wave through a sequence of 54 modules to measure the difference of the starting signal with the end one.
As it can be seen below, with the old implementation there was definitely a delay introduced by the connections.
(since the audio engine steps through the modules in the order in which they were created, ignoring which modules should come first according to the cable connections)

cardinal

With the new implementation the signal flow now correctly shows a null sum between the starting signal and the end one:

cardinal

Other important changes are fixes to VST3 multi-IO, CLAP having a multi-IO variant, and macOS Intel builds working much better.

Main Changelog

  • Add classic subtractive polysynth example/demo patch
  • Automatically reset modules processing order according to cable connections
  • Enable CLAP "main" variant (multi-IO audio now implemented, CV ports still TODO)
  • Fix CLAP audio port types (now set as stereo, fixes loading under Anklang)
  • Fix memory alignment issues for macOS Intel platform
  • Fix out of bounds read on host audio 2 meters
  • Fix VST3 non-main ports not receiving audio
  • Make macOS native standalone behaving like Linux and Windows regarding buffer-size changes
  • Mark LV2 CV ports as optional
  • Only use simde, drop sse2neon (following VCV Rack's approach to ARM binaries)

Module changes

  • Add RebelTech
  • Update Meander
  • Fix crashes when loading patches with Macro Oscillator 2
  • Fix out of bounds read in DrumKit modules

Downloads

The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/Cardinal/releases/tag/22.11.
Cardinal is released as LV2, VST2, VST3 and CLAP plugin, plus AudioUnit and JACK standalone for certain systems.


> DPF-Plugins v1.6 released
On 2022-11-01 by falkTX

Hello everyone, a new release of DPF-Plugins is here.
DPF-Plugins is a collection of DPF-based plugins, including Kars, MVerb and Nekobi.
This release brings some fixes alongside finishing the VST3 versions and adds CLAP support.

General changelog:

  • Add linux-riscv64 builds to release binaries
  • Fix / stabilize VST3 support
  • Initial CLAP support
  • Set audio port configuration for all plugins
  • Set VST3 categories in a few more plugins
  • Update to latest DPF

Plugin specific changes:

  • Kars: Fix playback after a sample rate change
  • Nekobi: Fix deadlock when receiving a MIDI message bigger than 3 bytes
  • Nekobi: Make waveform slider behave as a button
  • ProM: Fix invalid context (GL compat instead of GL3) in some setups
  • ProM: Force keyboard focus on click

Downloads

The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/DPF-Plugins/releases/tag/v1.6.
The plugins are released as LADSPA, DSSI, LV2, VST2, VST3, CLAP and JACK standalone.


> Cardinal 22.10 released
On 2022-10-15 by falkTX

Hello hello! We have yet another release, Cardinal 22.10, with mostly bugfixes this time.
Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin.
It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version.

There are no 3rd-party module changes or updates this time around, the release is more or less the combination of changes from 22.09 until today.
Fixes are significant enough to warrant a new release, so here we are.

The only actual new feature comes from a sync of the internal Ildaeil with the just released version 1.2 of it, which allows to load arbitrary files as plugins.
For Cardinal this means it is easier to host VST2 and CLAP plugins without having to rely on an external Carla window (which typically needs to be installed separately too).

cardinal

Changelog

  • Allow Ildaeil loading arbitrary files/binaries as plugins
  • Fix headless build
  • Fix Host Time step not triggering under certain conditions
  • Fix missing CardinalNative during "make install"
  • Fix missing MIDI support in CardinalNative Windows builds
  • Remove superfulous modules in falkTX_-_Divide-no-Conquer.vcv example patch
  • Several fixes to CLAP plugin version
  • Update internal Carla to latest, brings initial experimental CLAP hosting

Downloads

The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/Cardinal/releases/tag/22.10.
Cardinal is released as LV2, VST2, VST3 and CLAP plugin, plus AudioUnit and JACK standalone for certain systems.


> Ildaeil v1.2 released
On 2022-10-15 by falkTX

Hello again everyone, a new release of Ildaeil is here.
Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin, allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage.
The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil.
This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins.

The main changes this time are being able to load arbitrary files as plugins and CLAP hosting.
On the plugin type combo-box you now have "Load from file..." option, which will open a file-browser to select a plugin or music file.
This allows, for example, to load CLAP and VST2 plugins.
It is a semi-temporary measure while the auto-plugin scanning is not yet in place.

The CLAP hosting, as everything in Ildaeil, comes from Carla side too.
It should be considered experimental for now and will be part of Carla 2.6.0 update later.

There are also quite a few CLAP plugin related fixes, and details on X11 UIs changed to better support NTK-based ones.

ildaeil-1.2

Full changelog:

  • Allow loading arbitrary files/binaries as plugins
  • Add extra plugin bridges to release binaries (32bit plugins on 64bit systems, Wine stuff in Linux 64bit)
  • Improve compatibility with some X11 UIs (breaks recursion)
  • Fix loading LV2 path parameters via "Open File..." button
  • Several fixes to CLAP plugin variant
  • Use system-wide Carla binaries when not found inside plugin bundle
  • Update to latest Carla, with initial experimental CLAP hosting

Downloads

The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/Ildaeil/releases/tag/v1.2.
Ildaeil is released as CLAP, LV2, VST2 and VST3 plugin, plus JACK Standalone for some systems.


> Carla 2.5.2 released
On 2022-10-15 by falkTX

Hello again everyone, it is release day again!
Let's start with Carla.

Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats.
It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control.

This update backports fixes from the main development branch into the stable 2.5 series.
Nothing too big or serious, just a regular bug-fix update.
The more substantial stuff will come for 2.6.0, still a few months away.

Changelog

  • Fix includedir/libdir variables in pkg-config files
  • Fix LV2 plugins sending MIDI events out of order when using MIDI mapping for control output ports
  • Fix VST2 all-notes/sound-off events after re-activation
  • Fix "use outer frame for carla-lv2" from v2.5.1
  • Correct jackbridge build flags, prevent LTO from being used in wine stuff

Downloads

To download Carla binaries or source code, jump on over to the KXStudio downloads section.
If you're using the KXStudio repositories, you can simply install "carla".
Bug reports and feature requests are welcome! Jump on over to the Carla's Github project page for those.


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