Linux Audio Production
The future is here. I have moved my audio stack to Linux with no problems.
All the VST’s I used on Windows can be bridged to work on Linux.
The guide below assumes that the distro you’re using is Arch based (I use
Manjaro) and the DAW is Reaper.
Note I had this working successfully with Ubuntu 20.04 but switched over to
Manjaro for unrelated reasons. To reiterate, this will work on Ubuntu, the
installation is a tiny bit more involved (though still not very, just follow
the README and you’ll be fine) but that’s all.
Install yabridge and yabridgectl
Use yabridge and yabridgectl (much easier than linvst and the dev is on discord
and very active)
If you’re on Arch or something similar
yay -S yabridge
yay -S yabridgectl
Tell yabridge where the plugin directories live
For Reaper the VST directories are
~/.vst3 by default.
Tell yabridge about these with the following:
yabridgectl add ~/.vst
yabridgectl add ~/.vst3
Install some plugins
Download some plugins and move them into ~/.vst.
Do the following to confirm
Once you’re happy, do
To bridge them over and that’s it!
Start up Reaper and your windows plugins will be on your Linux machine <3
Plugins through wine
Some plugins like to be inconvenient and have
.exe executables to run instead
of a .DLL In that case, do this:
- Install the plugin using wine
- Make note of the VST plugin path (something like C://Users/Joe/Program Files/VST…)
This path lives in Linux under a
/home/joe/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/VstPlugIns
- Add this path with yabridgectl (You need to escape spaces and braces)
yabridgectl add /home/joer/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/VstPlugIns
Remember to add this path to Reaper too in preferences so that it knows to look
here for plugins.
And there we go… again.