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livi is a library for hosting LV2 plugins

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crates.io docs.rs

License: MIT Tests

A library for hosting LV2 plugins.

Note: This is a work in progress and has not yet been full tested.

Supported LV2 Features

LV2 has a simple core interface but is accompanied by extensions that can add lots of functionality. This library aims to support as many features as possible out of the box.


Below is an example on how to run the mda EPiano plugin.

use livi;

let mut world = livi::World::new();
const MIN_BLOCK_SIZE: usize = 1;
const MAX_BLOCK_SIZE: usize = 256;
const SAMPLE_RATE: f64 = 44100.0;
    .initialize_block_length(MIN_BLOCK_SIZE, MAX_BLOCK_SIZE)
let plugin = world
    // This is the URI for mda EPiano. You can use the `lv2ls` command line
    // utility to see all available LV2 plugins.
    .expect("Plugin not found.");
let mut instance = unsafe {
        .expect("Could not instantiate plugin.")

// Where midi events will be read from.
let input = {
    let mut s = livi::event::LV2AtomSequence::new(1024);
    let play_note_data = [0x90, 0x40, 0x7f];
    s.push_midi_event::<3>(1, world.midi_urid(), &play_note_data)

// Where parameters can be set. We initialize to the plugin's default values.
let params: Vec<f32> = plugin
    .map(|p| p.default_value)
// This is where the audio data will be stored.
let mut outputs = [
    vec![0.0; MAX_BLOCK_SIZE], // For mda EPiano, this is the left channel.
    vec![0.0; MAX_BLOCK_SIZE], // For mda EPiano, this is the right channel.

// Set up the port configuration and run the plugin!
// The results will be stored in `outputs`.
let ports = EmptyPortConnections::new(MAX_BLOCK_SIZE)
    .with_audio_outputs(outputs.iter_mut().map(|output| output.as_mut_slice()))
unsafe { instance.run(ports).unwrap() };

Building, Testing, and Running

  • Build - cargo build
  • Test - cargo test, requires mda LV2 plugins.
  • Run livi-jack - cargo run --example livi-jack --release -- --plugin-uri=http://drobilla.net/plugins/mda/EPiano.


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