dave2002-lmms wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:16 pm
Has anyone tried any of the virtual methods of running LMMS, such as using the Xtra-PC usb or Virtual Box with a LInux disk image installed? Do they work, or are such methods completely impossible, or do they have severe performance limitations?
There wouldn't really be any point if the MacOS versions of LMMS were well supported, but from reading here I get the feeling that the Linux versions are generaly more up to date, and can do things such as running VSTs which the MacOS versions may not be able to do currently.
According to the official download page https://lmms.io/download#mac
, there is a version specific to 10.14 and higher that corrects some of the issues that Mojave introduced, and it looks like it also supports Catalina. The official package is 1.2.2 released only a month ago, so AFIAK it's even more up-to-date than the 'Nix package.
As for VST's, they're native Windoze .dll's, so they don't run natively in Linux either; you need to install a package called WINE that translates the Win system calls into the equivalent Linux system calls. Unfortunately, you can't install the WINE package for Mac past Mojave because of the lack of 32-bit support. With this and the other issues you're having I can't help but think it's best to roll back to Mojave...
Another thing you could do is set up a dual-boot arrangement in Boot Camp and install something like KXStudio in parallel with OSX. Virtualization causes problems in a lot of cases with connected accessories such as MIDI controllers or audio interfaces because it can be tricky to assign which ports the VM needs to use for them and which the native OS needs to keep control of, VM sound drivers, etc. though TBH I've never tried running more sound-intensive than a Youtube video in a VM because you also have a performance penalty.