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> Carla 2.0 beta5 is here!
On 2017-01-05 by falkTX

Hello again everyone, we're glad to bring you the 5th beta of the upcoming Carla 2.0 release.
It has been more than 1 year since the last Carla release, this release fixes things that got broken in the mean time and continues the work towards Carla's 2.0 base features.
There's quite a lot of changes under the hood, mostly bugfixes and minor but useful additions.
With that being said, here are some of the highlights:

carla-control

Carla-Control is back!

Carla-Control is an application to remotely control a Carla instance via network, using OSC messages.
It stopped working shortly after Carla's move to 2.x development, but now it's back, and working a lot better.
Currently works on Linux and Mac OS.


logs-tab

Logs tab

This was also something that was brought back in this release.
It was initially removed from the 2.x series because it did not work so well.
Now the code has been fixed up and brought to life.

You can disable it in the settings if you prefer your messages to go to the console as usual.
Sadly this does not work on Windows just yet, only for Linux and Mac OS.
But for Windows a Debug/Carla.exe file is included in this build (after you extract the exe as zip file), which can be used to see the console window.


midi-pattern

MIDI Sequencer is dead, long live MIDI Pattern!

The internal MIDI Sequencer plugin was renamed to MIDI Pattern, and received some needed attention.
Some menu actions and parameters were added, to make it more intuitive to use.
It's now exported as part of the Carla-LV2 plugins package, and available for Linux and Mac OS.


More stuff

  • Add carla-jack-single/multi startup tools
  • Add 16 channel and 2+1 (sidechain) variant to Carla-Patchbay plugins
  • Add new custom menu when right-clicking empty rack & patchbay areas
  • Add command-line option for help and version arguments
  • Add command-line option to run Carla without UI (requires project file)
  • Add X11 UI to Carla-LV2
  • Remove MVerb internal plugin (conflicting license)
  • Remove Nekofilter internal plugin (use fil4.lv2 instead)
  • Implement plugin bridges for Mac OS and Windows
  • Implement Carla-LV2 MIDI out
  • Implement initial latency code, used for aligned dry/wet sound for now
  • Implement support for VST shell plugins under Linux
  • Implement sorting of LV2 scale points
  • Allow to scan and load 32bit AUs under Mac OS
  • Allow using the same midi-cc in multiple parameters for the same plugin
  • Allow Carla-VST to be built with Qt5 (Linux only)
  • Bypass MIDI events on carla-rack plugin when rack is empty
  • Find plugin binary when saved filename doesn't exist
  • Force usage of custom theme under Mac OS
  • New option to wherever put UIs on top of carla (Linux only)
  • Make canvas draggable with mouse middle-click
  • Make it possible to force-refresh scan of LV2 and AU plugins
  • Plugin settings (force stereo, send CC, etc) are now saved in the project file
  • Renaming plugins under JACK driver mode now keeps the patchbays connections
  • Update modgui code for latest mod-ui, supports control outputs now
  • Lots and lots of bug fixes.

There will still be 1 more beta release before going for a release candidate, so expect more cool stuff soon!

Special Notes

  • Carla as plugin is still not available under Windows, to be done for the next beta.

Downloads

To download Carla binaries or source code, jump into the KXStudio downloads section.
If you're using the KXStudio repositories, you can simply install "carla-git" (plus "carla-lv2" and "carla-vst" if you're so inclined).
Bug reports and feature requests are welcome! Jump into the Carla's Github project page for those.


> Changes in KXStudio repositories
On 2016-05-06 by falkTX

Hey everyone, just a small heads up about the KXStudio repositories.

If you use Debian Testing or the new Ubuntu 16.04 you probably saw some warnings regarding weak SHA1 keys when checking for updates.
We're aware of this issue and a fix is coming soon, but it will require some changes in the repositories.

First, we'll get rid of the 'lucid' builds and rebuild all of them in the 'trusty' series.
For those of you that were using Debian 6 or something older than Ubuntu 14.04, the repositories will stop working for you later this month.

Second, the gcc5 specific packages will be migrated from 'wily' series to 'xenial'.
This means you'll no longer be able to use the KXStudio repositories if you're running Ubuntu 15.10.
If that's the case for you, please update to 16.04 as soon as possible. Note that 15.10 will be officially end-of-life in 2 months.

And finally, the gcc5 packages will begin using Qt5 instead of Qt4 for some applications.
This will include Carla, Qtractor and the v1 series plugins.
Hopefully this won't break anything, but if it does please let us know.

That's it for now. Have a nice weekend!


> KXStudio Website has moved
On 2015-07-25 by falkTX

Hey all,

As you might have noticed sourceforge has been out of service for a while now.
That, coupled together with the previous adware/spyware fiasco led to me look for alternatives.

So you can now find the KXStudio website at http://kxstudio.linuxaudio.org/.

The KXStudio repositories have already been updated to NOT use sourceforge anymore.
New releases will be hosted at github, possibly mirrored in google drive and linuxaudio.org.
I've made some changes to make the website and repositories more easy to move in case something like this happens to github too.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


> Carla 2.0 beta4 is here!
On 2015-03-18 by falkTX

Hello again everyone, we're glad to bring you the 4th beta of the upcoming Carla 2.0 release.
This release is mostly focused on bug-fixing, so there aren't many splashy new features to show compared to previous ones.
Still, here's the highlights:

Highlights

updated-skins

Updated plugin skins

The plugin skins received some updates once again.
They can now be collapsed in order to take less space.
More to come soon.


experimental-plugins

New experimental plugins

Some of the best linux-standalone tools are now working as internal Carla plugins.
And because Carla exports its internal plugins as LV2, you'll also get them as LV2.
Note that this is still experimental!
Also, there's no support whatsoever from the original authors...


mod-guis

MOD GUI Support

Carla can now show LV2 MOD GUIs, handled like a regular LV2 UI type.
Note that this only works on the right setups (you need MOD-UI to be working first).
It's not available on pre-compiled binaries, but you can get it via the KXStudio repositories.


More changes

  • LinuxSampler code has been reworked and it's working better, it now exposes 2 output parameters.
  • The plugin bridge code has been reworked; bridges are much more stable and MIDI-out is working.
  • NSM code has also been reworked, testers welcome.
  • OSC ports can be static by using CARLA_OSC_TCP_PORT and CARLA_OSC_UDP_PORT environment variables.
  • Time panel can be shown/hidden as needed.
  • DISTRHO-based internal plugins are back, specifically 3BandEQ/Splitter, PingPongPan, Nekobi, MVerb, VectorJuice and WoobleJuice.
  • carla-single script is back, allowing you to quickly test and run all plugins.
  • Carla as plugin allows new, open and save-as (export) menu actions.
  • Start of new midi-sequencer plugin, still experimental and Linux-only for now.
  • MIDI file internal plugin now saves the contents, so you can share projects without worrying if the file exists on the other system.
  • Added 6 basic parameters to the ZynAddSubFX internal plugin.
  • New MIDI channel filter plugin.
  • LV2 and AU plugins are cached and automatically updated when needed, no need for scanning.
  • Patchbay mode is now working for non-JACK drivers.
  • Carla saves internal and external connections, specially useful in patchbay mode.
  • Lots and lots of bug fixes.

Special Notes

  • Renaming plugins currently is not safe (unless using Rack mode).
  • GIG/SF2/SFZ skin still to be done, and some others...
  • Plugin bridges only work on Linux right now. They used to be working for OSX but stopped due to a OS limitation.
  • Windows 64bit builds a shows small console windows when discovering plugins. This is not intended and will hopefully be fixed soon.

Downloads

To download Carla binaries or source code, jump into the KXStudio downloads section.
If you're using the KXStudio repositories, you can simply install "carla-git" instead (plus "carla-lv2" and "carla-vst" if you're so inclined).
Bug reports and feature requests are welcome! Jump into the Carla's GitHub project page for those.


> Carla 2.0 beta3 is here!
On 2014-10-25 by falkTX

Hello again everyone, we're glad to bring to you the 3rd beta of the upcoming Carla 2.0 release.
There have been quite a few nice features implemented since beta2; here are the highlights.

Highlights

internal-patchbay

Internal Patchbay

This new engine processing mode is similar to what JACK does for all clients and what other modular applications do.
Every plugin gets its own canvas group and ports allowing you to interconnect plugin audio and MIDI.
You can use this mode to build complex plugin routing scenarios, perhaps involving several layers of rack and patchbays.

Note that this is currently not available for non-JACK drivers; but for those you can use the internal carla-patchbay plugin.
There's no support for LV2 Control-Voltage ports as of yet, this will be implemented in the next beta together with MIDI-OSC.


new-look

Carla as VST plugin (Linux only)

With the first beta of Carla 2.0 we introduced Carla as a plugin, which worked as both internal and LV2.
Now Carla is available as a VST plugin too, allowing you to load it all DAWs released for Linux.
There are 4 variants: Rack-Synth, Rack-FX, Patchbay-Synth and Patchbay-FX.


lmms-plugin

Carla LMMS Plugin

Carla has an LMMS plugin too, as Carla-Patchbay and Carla-Rack instruments.
So finally you can use native softsynths within LMMS!
The carla-lmms plugin code is already in LMMS and will be part of its 1.1 release.

If you're using the KXStudio repositories and feel like giving it a try simply install carla-git and lmms.


au-plugins

AU Plugins (MacOS only)

AU plugins are working in Carla now.
Carla's plugin compatibility increases once more.


updated-skins

New and updated skins

There's a new OpenAV-style plugin slot skin.
Calf and ZynFX have been updated.
More to come soon.


no-skins

Old non-skin mode

You can now use the old non-skin mode from Carla 1.x series.
This saves space if you load lots of plugins at once.


More stuff

  • New time panel added, but it's very incomplete.
  • LV2 plugin discovery is now automatic, but without plugin checks or testing.
  • LV2 plugins are fully working on MacOS and Windows, including their native UIs (Cocoa and HWND respectively).

There will still be 1 or 2 more beta releases before going for a release candidate, so expect more cool stuff soon!

Downloads

To download Carla binaries or source code, jump into the KXStudio downloads section.
If you're using the KXStudio repositories, you can simply install "carla-git" instead (plus "carla-lv2" and "carla-vst" if you're so inclined).
Bug reports and feature requests are welcome! Jump into the Carla's Github project page for those.


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