To send vst~ host sync, choose GlobalTransport from the Extras menu and start it.
re VST 2.4, this is specific to PowerPC -- the plug-in does not support the new method of drawing in a host required since Intel machines were released. Most of these plug-ins will still process audio, you just can't look at them. It would be much easier for plug-in vendors to enable 2.4 code on PPC than it would for us to support pre 2.4 plug-ins, since they all had to write this code for Intel compatibility. We might be able to figure out something, but it won't happen immediately.
Is there a simple way of telling which of my vst plugins will work & which will crash Max5? If I start with the vst~ help file, click "plug" & choose one which doesn't work, Max crashes instantly. It'll be a laborious & frustrating process to relaunch Max 50 or so times just to find out.
If I load an old patch which includes the wrong sort of plugin the same thing happens - I need to go back to 4.6 to edit the patch & this won't be possible when I change my machine & only have version 5. Any thoughts?
I read previous messages so I know about Pluggo plug-ins & those made with Max 4.6, but I have a large collection of useful, mostly free things.... Without crashing Max to find out, how do I know if they suport VST 2.4 or not?
Which plug-ins are you trying to load? Pluggo plug-ins or plug-ins
made with Max 4.6 won't work at all in Max 5 for instance. Otherwise
plug-ins which suport VST 2.4 or higher should be fine.
> • "VST Plug-in (PowerPC)" (works, but doesn't display interface)
> • "VST Plug-in" (crashes Max immediately)
Thanks for pointing out that there are really old plug-ins that we aren't going to support any more, and in the next update, we'll post an error instead of crashing. If you can provide a list of those in the "VST Plug-in (PowerPC)" category that are not displaying the interface properly, that would be great. I think these should ultimately work, but you realize that they too are getting on in years. It wasn't my idea to EOL a processor, a graphics library, and an executable format within the last four years, and now even the VST 2.4 format depends on an API effectively deprecated by Apple. That's OK, you should be running all of your software on an iPhone anyway.