I suspect I’m gonna be disappointed here, from what I seem to understant from other posts, but just in case…
So, here’s my workflow: I got some audio tracks I was supposed to write keyboard parts for. So, I imported the audio tracks in my DAW (Reaper), programmed some sounds using VST plugins also available on Zynthian (essentially NoizeMaker, plus a bit of Surge), then composed and recorded my keyboard parts.
Now I’m about to go to a rehearsal with my Zynthian to play my keyboard parts live… and I’m afraid I can’t transfer the NoizeMaker and Surge presets I made from my PC to Zynthian.
I opened my reaper projects, exported NoizeMaker configurations in .noisemakerpreset format, but I can’t figure out a way to load them with NoizeMaker inside zynthian. Preset manager won’t accept them and they aren’t recognized either when copying them to zynthian-my-data using SSH.
It seems LV2 plugins in Zynthian can’t open presets in their own format?
Something I liked a lot about Zynthian was the PC-in-a-box thing: being able to carry around plugins that you normally use in your DAW in the studio… But being able to carry your plugins without your sounds is a bit of a pity (I’m not som much of a factory-preset kind of guy, I like to craft the sound I have in mind), and we all know the Zynthian GUI is not as user friendly as the native plugin GUIs for programming sounds from scratch.
The only hint I saw in a thread to program sounds with native GUI was to use zynthian + VNC (and still, doesn’t seem obvious for LV2 plugins, is it?), but this isn’t such a convenient way (no DAW integration, need to hook up midi/audio to PC…) … and not a solution for the presets I have already done.
LV2 plugins use LV2 presets
Some plugins allow to load presets in other formats from its native GUI. You can access these GUIs enabling VNC server from webconf. After enabling VNC, reload the dashboard and you will have the VNC viewer links in the UI menu.
This one looked much easier so I tried right away… I could save my presets as fxp within reaper then go to presets&fonts in webconf, select noizemaker and try to upload either the bunch of fxp as is or compressed in a zip file but nothing happens when I hit the upload button…
I tried again with @riban instructions, but still no luck : NoizeMaker GUI doesn’t show up.
I eventually tried with bunch of other synth : zynaddsubfx, LinuxSampler, setbfree, aeolus, pianoteq, helm and surge… zynaddsubfx and pianoteq GUI show up when I instantiate them on Zynthian, the others don’t.
Anyone already encountered this? It seems I follows @riban procedure right, as the plugin GUI indeed shows up with certain plugins, but only a few ones. Nothing happens on the GUI side when I instantiate most of the other plugins…