CARLA a dream studiorack15 May 2015
Remember reason? It gives you that feeling of owning gear and patching cables.
Well, after a long software-break, I decided to check out Carla (on Linux). And I have to say I'm impressed!
Finally a KISS pluginhost with multi-platform plugin-support:
- ladspa plugins
- lv2 plugins
- dssi synth plugins
- linux vst plugins
- win32 vst plugins
- win64 vst plugins
- native soundfont support (.sfz .sf2 and .gig)
- python rdf
One soft-studio rack
Finally one central place to organize all my soft-gear, my crossplatform wish has been granted! A portable soft-studio which can be fed midi and audio by anything.
Sequence as you wish
You can use carla as you wish:
- as a standalone midi sending/receiving soft-studio (using hardware midi seq)
- as a plugin in DAWS
I hope it will somehow support changing patches using midi program change message. Would be cool to change studiorack setups using your outboard midi gear.
How I plan to use CARLA
Im curious if this tool will make me sit more often in front of a computer. As stated before in articles, these days I dislike sequencing songs in DAW's. I would love to use CARLA as a instrument interface connected to my hardware midi sequencer. Especially the native soundfont support finally allows me to organize my soundfont instrumentcollection. We'll see :)