Originally developed at Breakfast Quay but now grown up and moved away, 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. 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.)
dssi-vst is now maintained by Filipe Coelho (falkTX). The
current code can be found at Filipe's Github repository.
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