asked Dec 04 '13 at 12:10 by mealiedl (1.1k)


Will the Linux version of Bitwig Studio support LV2?

+1 for LV2

  — (Jan 09 '15 at 11:23) stylemistake

What is LV2 support?

  — (Jan 09 '15 at 18:00) ronnyrydgren

You can actually use them via Jack. Just not directly inside BWS.

  — (Mar 13 '15 at 14:54) riot ♦♦

LV2 is the second LADSPA generation, check this out:

  — (Mar 13 '15 at 14:55) riot ♦♦

I've used some plugins using Carla, as described by riot but Carla is not without it's problems. Sometimes it won't show the plugins GUI, etc. LV2 support in Bitwig would be great!


answered May 21 '15 at 03:55 by rvega (46)

We plan to offer LV2 support in the future, however not in version 1.0.


answered Dec 04 '13 at 12:11 by mealiedl (1.1k)

+1 LV2-support is one of those things, i would really love to see in the upcoming version! I often used the CALF-plugins when i worked with Ardour, so i am glad to hear, that you great guys are working hard to bring such an awesome feature to the bitwig-linux-users.


answered Jan 08 '15 at 17:40 by sonority (331)

I've managed to get Carla.vst to run inside of Bitwig. I'm using Linux Mint Debian Edition 1 and Bitwig 1.8. Here's what I did:

  • Download Carla-2.0
  • Open Bitwig then navigate to the directory where Carla is stored
  • Navigate to Carla.vst directory using Bitwig's browser
  • Drag "" into your track's device panel (, and all work, but the following report is based on
  • Add your effects in Carla!

I have not tested this extensively, though LV2 and LADSPA effects seem to work without a problem. Effect GUIs work as normal, and effect parameter settings are saved with projects, too. I tried a delay effect (Calf Vintage Delay) that syncs to the master tempo, and it synced without a problem when I changed the tempo, which is great. Carla has the added bonus/hindrance of being able to patch effects within Carla's patchbay.

MIDI CC channels can be mapped to effect parameters, allowing automation envelopes to be drawn in Bitwig, thus controlling the effect parameter. In Bitwig's arrange view, select the track's MIDI CC channel that you wish to draw automation on. In Carla, you need to connect the "MIDI input Events out " module to the relevant effect "events in", then map the corresponding CC number to an effect parameter. This does have the problem of not allowing intuitive navigation of automation envelopes, as you need to remember that CC1 is control fx.parameter_n, and so on.

Overall, using Carla's VST module is a very workable solution. Not quite as easy to use as a native VST, though much easier and intuitive than connecting via Jack, consequently allowing for a more fluid workflow.

This is my first post to the forum, so I hope this helps!


answered Jun 16 '15 at 22:38 by jrdooley (46)

This answer should be selected as the best answer to this question! Thanks jrdooley!

  — (Mar 14 '17 at 02:43) stylemistake

I couldn't (yet) get it to run, but apparently, Carla (A very nice opensource PluginHost by FalkTX) can be embedded as VST itself, so one could build up a LV2 and/or Windows VST chain in Carla and embed that in Linux Bitwig Studio.

I'm on this and will report back, when i get it to work.


answered Apr 21 '15 at 13:52 by riot ♦♦ (1.8k)

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