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GVST Mac and Linux porting project page


Having received several queries about Mac versions over the years, I had a go at crowd-sourcing some funds to fast-track a Mac-porting project some months ago. That was unsuccessful, sadly.

However, off the back of that I was given a battered old MacBook by a nice mathematician at the University of Bath. So, I've been playing with that a little in my spare time to see what I can do. With some extra RAM from eBay, I managed to drag it as far as OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and start compiling some code.

In the interest of creating better multi-platform code, I decided to look at Linux at the same time. So I grabbed Ubuntu Studio 14.04, installed it on an old USB stick and started devloping on there too.

I've reached the stage where I have GGain working on both of these new platforms. Which is why I've created this page. I've only got a 32-bit build working on the Mac so far, but I'm working on a 64-bit version. UPDATE: Mac is now 32- and 64-bit.

How you can help

I'm hoping that some interested people will be willing to try the early versions of GGain available below and let me know how they get on.

I'm expecting plenty of teething problems - I'd describe these builds as "early beta testing" versions at best, so don't go trying them in the middle of a great session before you've saved your masterpiece.

If you have any feedback about the plug-ins, or if you'd like to comment, just e-mail me at


Early beta versions, use with caution.

Download GVST plug-ins for Mac (for 32- and 64-bit VST hosts) (Size 10.0Mb, last modified 2 Aug 2016)

Bug investigation, see notes below: GClip with no GUI...

Download GVST GClip (no GUI) for Mac (for 32-bit VST hosts) (Size 362.9kb, last modified 2 Aug 2016)

Linux - BETA

Early beta versions, use with caution.

Download all GVST plug-ins for Linux (for 32-bit VST hosts) (Size 5.4Mb, last modified 2 Aug 2016)

Download all GVST plug-ins for Linux (for 64-bit VST hosts) (Size 5.6Mb, last modified 2 Aug 2016)


11th Apr 2015 I've had a busy few weeks, so not much has changed here. My main priority is to get to the bottom of the issue with GClip in Ableton on Yosemite. To that end, I've added a version with no GUI, which should help me to identify if the issue is in the GUI or not.

21st Mar 2015 Right, I've created all of the Mac builds now, so the packages above are pretty much complete. I still haven't got to the bottom of an issue reported on Ableton 8 on Yosemite, please let me know if you're also experiencing issues with this setup. Indeed, let me know if you have problems with any set-up. Bye for now, Graham.

12th Mar 2015 I'm working my way through the Mac versions - I've just added a bunch in a bundle above. It's a little more tedious setting each one up (XCode 4.6), so it's much slower than the same exercise on Linux. I should get through the rest soon though.

8th Mar 2015 I've added all the GVST plug-ins for Linux now, and the Mac versions should be along soon.

4th Feb 2015 There was another update, but that got lost during a website move... Anyway, I've added a few more plugs and fixed some minor bugs. I'm still looking for a way to do some first-hand Yosemite testing, but no joy yet - the Mac versions are working for most people though, but not all. Let me know if you have problems - email link at the bottom of the page.

16th Jan 2015 Happy New Year! I've been a bit distracted lately with festivities and bill-paying work, but hopefully I'll find some time to move this along soon. Wishing you all the best for 2015.

17th Dec 2014 I've made some general improvements to the core GVST framework, including some significant optimisation of some drawing routines.

8th Dec 2014 Resolved a few issues with the Linux downloads.

3rd Dec 2014 Just added GClip and GTune builds for Linux 32 and 64 bit.

26th Nov 2014 The GGain ports seem to be behaving well so far, so I've added a Mac port of GClip.

17th Nov 2014 It seems that the standard libraries on Ubuntu are a little ahead of Debian, so the plug-in didn't work on a fresh Debian install. I've now rebuilt the Linux plug-ins against the older standard libraries. I've also implemented a Cocoa UI for the Mac version, which means that is now ready for 64-bit hosts.

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