Saturday, December 28, 2019

Running Spitfire Audio LABS (and other Windows VSTs) on Linux with Carla + Wine

I'm slowly purging all things Windows and MacOS from my workflow, so was pretty happy to get Spitfire Audio LABS VSTs running on Linux. I thought I’d detail the steps I took (using KDE Neon 5.13) in case it’s helpful to anyone else.

Make sure you have Carla + the Carla bridge packages installed. These can be installed via the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA*. To add this type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntustudio-ppa/backports
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Then to install Carla and Carla bridge packages required to run windows vsts:

sudo apt install carla 
sudo apt install carla-bridge-win32
sudo apt install carla-bridge-win64

Make sure WINE** is installed so that we can open the Windows Spitfire Audio Downloader App: 

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
wget -nc
sudo apt-key add winehq.key
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main' 
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Install Windows Spitfire Audio App from:

Run installer with Wine and follow prompts to setup paths for VSTs and download the instruments you want. 

In Carla go to the Main settings menu, check ‘Enable experimental features’, then in the experimental tab, make sure  ‘Enable plugin bridges’ and ‘Enable Wine bridges’ are checked. 

In the ‘Paths’ tab select VST from the drop down menu and add the correct path to the Spitfire VSTs

Finally click ‘Add Plugin’ then‘Refresh’  (making sure windows 32 and windows 64 is selected), and Labs should appear.

* More info here:
** More info here:

Monday, December 23, 2019

Quick Set Up Guide for Installing Pure Data + Gem on Linux

1) download source code from and extract

2) Open the terminal and install the libraries required to build pd:

sudo apt install build-essential automake autoconf libtool gettext libasound2-dev libjack-jackd2-dev make 

3) cd into source code directory:    

cd path/to/pd 

4) Generate configure script:   


5). Configure Pd with JACK :   

./configure --enable-jack

6) Build by running:


7) Install to default location ( /usr/local):

 sudo make install 

8) Run Pd from the command line using:


9) GEM - Unlike Pure Data, Gem in the repositories seems to be more up to date so probably doesn’t need to be compiled from source to get the latest version. To install Gem simply type:

 sudo apt install gem

10) To launch Pd with Gem loaded type:


This should automatically add Gem to the startup preferences so that from now on you can just start Pd with:


and Gem will be automatically loaded. If not you can manually add: /usr/lib/pd/extra/Gem to the startup preferences


* For Ubuntu / Debian based systems

* If you want to get remove an older version of PD before installing the new one type:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove puredata-core

  * Pure data can also be downloaded from the ubuntu repositories via the command line with: sudo apt install puredata, however it probably won’t be the latest version.