March 28, 2011

Discord3 and Replicant 64-bit OSX AU and VST...

by Chris Randall

I have, in my grimy little paws, 32/64-bit installers of Discord3 and Replicant. We'll push them out tomorrow, but if you'd like to test, and you already own either or both, hit me up and I'll sport 'em to you.

EDIT: Okay, Discord3 v1.1.0 for OS X and Replicant v1.6 for OS X are now in the store for immediate download. If you own either, you're good to go. A note: if you only use Ableton Live on a Mac, or one of the other 32-bit hosts, there is no earthly reason to do either of these updates. This update is mainly for Logic users and people using Cubase 6 (64-bit), along with the couple of other minor hosts that are 64-bit on the Mac.

Also, the number of comments this post initially got before the edit (1), and the number of e-mails I received (2) will show you exactly how important this 64-bit boondoggle is. These are two of our best-selling plug-ins, with many thousands of legit purchased copies of both out in the world, in heavy use every day by industry professionals, and only two people were like "shit, gotta have it."


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Mar.30.2011 @ 6:53 PM
Chris Randall
@billingslea: you do know I write a monthly column for CM, right? Well, you do now. ;-)


Mar.31.2011 @ 12:11 AM
Hey Chris, if i use both Live (32-bit) and Logic (64-bit) what i have to do?
Can be installed both the versions, 32 and 64 side by side in the same system?

Thank you! ;)

Mar.31.2011 @ 12:42 AM
Chris Randall
These are so-called "Universal 32/64" builds. (Not to be confused with "Universal Binaries," which are builds that work in 32-bit PPC and Intel machines. Thanks, Apple, for another layer of confusion.)

The rub is that, as far as you're concerned, it's a single plug-in that will work in both. The package contains both 32- and 64-bit builds, but it has a common holder, so you only see one.

If you want to get really confused, each package actually contains _four_ binaries: the 32- and 64-bit VSTs, and the 32- and 64-bit AU compatibility "wrappers." You could have fun by changing the extension of the VST to .component to see this in action for yourself; one package contains the whole shooting match. For sanity's sake, we actually put two in the installer, one with a .vst extension, and another with a .component extension, even though they are identical binary packages.

But, to answer your question, as to which one you'll see, it's really up to the host. It recognizes what it is able to. In 64-bit Logic, assuming Logic isn't being its normal stupid Logic self, you'll see, for example, a Replicant in the 32-bit folder and another one in the 64-bit folder. In 32-bit hosts, you'll only see the one. In Cubase, since it doesn't see any particular need to double up on the same binary, it only shows the highest available one, so you won't see the 32-bit version if you're running 64-bit Cubase.


Mar.31.2011 @ 7:43 AM
wot no boobs?

Mar.31.2011 @ 8:33 AM
boobs hasn't played at this party yet....

Mar.31.2011 @ 8:34 AM


Mar.31.2011 @ 8:37 AM
Adam Schabtach
Kids, don't try changing the extension at home. The AU gets a couple of resource additions before it's put into the installer and delivered to you. Changing the extention would get you part of the product but not all of it.


Mar.31.2011 @ 12:57 PM
I'll wait to make the 64 bit switch when ALL of the plugins I know and love are available in 64. Until then, I'm just using fewer plugins per track and making the ones I do use really count.


Apr.01.2011 @ 6:09 AM
Thanks much CR... Make that at least 16 each by now then... Please do '64' Kombinat... I am sure someone must have pointed this out, which is that for all Logic users working in 64 (ok, maybe there is only 16 then...why, I wonder...), not having to be clicking back and forth over the AU bridge is a really, really great thing indeed...

Apr.01.2011 @ 6:32 AM

Thank you for the explaining!

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