pure-lilv: Pure Lilv Interface

Version 0.4, March 04, 2017

Albert Gräf <aggraef@gmail.com>


pure-lilv is Copyright (c) 2014 by Albert Gräf. It is distributed under a 3-clause BSD license, please check the COPYING file included in the distribution for details.


Get the latest source from https://bitbucket.org/purelang/pure-lang/downloads/pure-lilv-0.4.tar.gz.

Run make to compile the module and sudo make install to install it in the Pure library directory. To uninstall the module, use sudo make uninstall. There are a number of other targets (mostly for maintainers), please see the Makefile for details.

make tries to guess your Pure installation directory and platform-specific setup. If it gets this wrong, you can set some variables manually. In particular, make install prefix=/usr sets the installation prefix.


This package provides a Pure module for David Robillard’s Lilv, a library for LV2 plugin host writers. LV2 is the new Linux audio plugin standard (LADSPA successor) which aims to be portable and extensible. Lilv makes it possible to load LV2 plugins in audio and other multimedia software. It is provided as a comprehensive and well-tested reference implementation for LV2 plugin hosts, so that authors of multimedia software don’t have to craft their own (and often incomplete or bug-ridden) implementations of the LV2 plugin API.

This module is still under development, but we already offer operations to retrieve information about the LV2 plugins installed on a system, and to instantiate and run most basic plugins. Support for MIDI input and output and handling LV2 presets and plugin state is also available. More work is still needed in order to support more exotic event types such as transport state and tempo changes, and any other extensions which may be required to run more advanced plugins. We’re still trying to figure these out, so if you notice anything that’s missing in the current implementation then please submit a feature request.

Documentation still needs to be written. For the time being, please refer to the lilv.pure script for a description of the programming interface, and to the scripts in the examples folder for examples showing how to use the operations provided by this module. Specifically, have a look at the lilv_examp.pure script which illustrates most the API functions and how they are used in a Pure script. There’s also a fairly complete software synthesizer example, synth.pure, which shows how to run instrument and effect plugins in a synth/effects chain in order to synthesize audio from MIDI input. Another complete example is the lv2plugin~ host for Pd which is written entirely in Pure; you can find this at https://bitbucket.org/agraef/pd-lv2plugin.

Here’s a brief excerpt from lilv_examp.pure which shows the necessary steps involved in running an LV2 audio plugin with Pure:

// Import the module.
using lilv;
// Load the LV2 world state.
let world = lilv::world;

// Instantiate a plugin.
let p = lilv::plugin world "http://faust-lv2.googlecode.com/amp" 44100 64;

// Get some information about the plugin (number of audio inputs and
// outputs, port descriptions).
let n,m = lilv::num_audio_inputs p, lilv::num_audio_outputs p;
let ports = [i, lilv::port_info p i | i = 0..lilv::num_ports p-1];

// Create some audio buffers for input and output.
let in = dmatrix {0,1,0,-1,0,1,-1,0;0,1,0,-1,0,1,-1,0};
let out = dmatrix (2,8);

// Activate the plugin.
lilv::activate p;

// Run some samples through the plugin.
lilv::run p in out;

// Set a control value.
lilv::set_control p 2 10;
// Compute some more samples.
lilv::run p in out;
// Get the values of some output controls.
map (lilv::get_control p) [4,5];

// Send a MIDI message.
lilv::set_midi p 10 [{0xb0, 7, 127}];
// Compute some more samples.
lilv::run p in out;

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