dssi-vst is an adapter that allows users of Linux audio software to take VST and VSTi audio effects and instrument plugins compiled for Windows, and load them into native LADSPA or DSSI plugin hosts. Plugins run at full speed for most audio processing, although their user interfaces are slower because of the Windows emulation.
dssi-vst can also be used to run 32-bit Windows VST plugins in a 64-bit Linux host.
dssi-vst requires Wine libraries for Windows compatibility, and is therefore best obtained directly from a Linux distribution repository that can provide all of the required libraries at the time of installation. Installing dssi-vst without a distribution package can be quite tricky to do.
dssi-vst is free, open source software written by Chris Cannam. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License, with a special exception to permit redistributing it in binary form when built with the non-free Steinberg VST SDK. (The default build does not use the non-free SDK, and so is completely GPL.) No proprietary license is available.
dssi-vst is a useful tool to have, but it has some major limitations that prevent it from being a general solution to the problem of using Windows VST effects on Linux. Some of these limitations are intrinsic incompatibilities between VST and DSSI, while others are simply things not yet implemented. They include:
|dssi-vst v0.9.2 source
Source code package, with Linux build scripts
|Visit the dssi-vst code project
Including source code browser and issue tracker
|README file for dssi-vst|
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