Linux build of HISE

  • Is anybody else around here interested in a Linux-native build of HISE? I might be willing to contribute to such an effort, either in writing code, or monetarily.

  • There was a similar request on GitHub:

    I don't have any experience regarding Linux but JUCE runs there and HISE runs on the UNIX based OS X so it is possible that porting it is rather easy.

    If you are familiar with compiling apps in Linux, feel free to check out the GitHuB repo and try how far you get. Having some Linux guys on the project would be great...

  • I've been trying to build HISE on Linux for most of the day. There were a ton of prerequisite packages to install.

    Such as - xext, alsa-lib, freetype, curl, ipp

    and then once I got the compiler happy with those it complained about a few naming issues. Such as looking for LFOEditor.h, it also wanted common.h rather than Common.h.

    fatal error: modulators/editors/LFOEditor.h: No such file or directory

    Anyway I renamed some files as required and that got me a little further. Then it had trouble with some of the code saying things like INT_MIN and INT_MAX were not declared in the scope. So I made some botch adjustments to the code and the compilation carried on a little further.

    Then it started compiling all the JUCE libraries but it stopped at the IPP. I've installed the IPP but I can't figure out how to get JUCE to see find them, I've tried entering the header paths but it hasn't worked.

    I'm giving up on this for now. I'll try again when I have the time, I'm confident that we should be able to get HISE running on Linux. I tried running it under Wine but it crashed instantly, same thing when loaded as a VST.

  • Funny, I was doing the same thing but I got a little bit further 🙂

    I installed a VM on OS X with Ubuntu and gave it a try - I never used Linux before so it was pretty left-handed.

    This post in the JUCE forum gives a starting point of all dependencies:

    I had to fix the same things that you are describing. You'll need to define USE_IPP=0 in the linux makefile to get rid of the IPP stuff (there is IPP for Linux but let's just skip this for starters). It compiled OK, but crashed because of the font I am using (with the same backtrace of this GitHub issue:

    HISE runs now on Linux, but there are loads of platform specific functions that I need to customize - all the setting files and application paths etc. I also don't have ALSA or JACK enabled so it is not a joy to use.

  • I'm glad it's not just me finding it tricky 😛 I'll check it that IPP make file business, I've avoided editing the make file so far because I know nothing about them

  • Me too but you can define custom preprocessor definitions in the Projucer.

  • Alright, the latest commits should be compilable on Linux - I even hooked it up on a TravisCI build system (which nearly drove me insane...)

  • Hi Christoph, I've built and run the standalone and plugin for Linux. System here is Fedora 21 x86_64, with extensions from Planet CCRMA. I'm trying to export the preset example from but I'm obviously missing something. I receive this error when trying the Export As Instrument Plugin :

    "You have to add at least one script processor and call Synth.addToFront(true)."

    What have I missed ?

    Edit: Ah, never mind, I've found the fuller tutorials on github, I'll go through them first.

    Best regards,

    Dave Phillips

  • Actually the export won't work on Linux yet - I didn't expect such a fast response and I'll need to add the system compiler script for Linux.

    But is the audio working correctly on your system? I get a choppy playback and ridiculous latencies but I can't use JACK because I am on a VM so I think this is the culprit and not HISE.

  • Ah, thanks, Christoph, I was starting to think I'd lost my wits. Yes, audio is smooth with JACK, and no, you're not likely to get any decent performance from JACK through a VM. 🙂

  • I've just seen the experimental Linux update 🙂 happy Christmas! I'll give it a go tomorrow.

  • I just tried building on Linux and it gave this error

    ~/Desktop/HISE-master/projects/standalone/Builds/LinuxMakefile $ make
    $CXX is [clang++]
    Compiling DspUnitTests.cpp
    In file included from ../../../../hi_scripting/scripting/api/DspUnitTests.cpp:33:
    ../../JuceLibraryCode/JuceHeader.h:18:10: fatal error: 
          'hi_backend/hi_backend.h' file not found
    #include <hi_backend/hi_backend.h>
    1 error generated.
    Makefile:111: recipe for target 'build/intermediate/Debug/DspUnitTests_8fd29654.o' failed
    make: *** [build/intermediate/Debug/DspUnitTests_8fd29654.o] Error 1

    I then opened the project in the Linux version of Projucer, resaved it, and did the "make" again and it worked fine. I'm on Linux Mint 18. It plays fine with no lag using just ALSA and PulseAudio (no JACK). Well done! I believe you've made the best cross-platform sampler ever.

  • Yes you'll need to resave the Projucer project files before compiling because it creates different paths in the header files for each platform. I'll probably remove the makefile from the repo so users are not tempted to take that shortcut (it was necessary for the Travis CI support).

    I also can hardly believe how easy this was, but this is mainly because of JUCE and its cross platform awesomeness 🙂

  • Will it take much tinkering to get the VST version working?

  • <noob> Is VST available on Linux </noob>? I though it's only LV2 there...

  • From what I understand native Linux VSTs can be created -

  • Yes, you can compile native Linux VST/VSTi plugins. Rory Walsh's Cabbage environment might be worth a look for you, it's a JUCE-based DAW and environment for audio/MIDI development. It's powered by Csound, works with JACK and ALSA, and exports plugins in VST and LV2 formats.

    Doesn't JUCE take care of all the details ? IIRC I only need to specify the path to the VST SDK and I'm ready to roll, same as the Win/Mac builds.

  • Alright I'll give it a shot.

  • The latest commit should compile the VST plugin on Linux.

  • Excellent, I'll give it a whirl tomorrow 😄

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