EDIT 01/18/24: I hope you do not mind that I am resurrecting this thread. My band is doing a song that calls for electronic bagpipe. I would really like to get the SIM-BP working. It does not work (see specifics above) on either of my (almost duplicate) Lenovo Thinkpad P16s. (But it works for other people with Windows 11 machines and worked for me on my Dell Windows 10 machine).
I am sitting in with a band playing Copperhead Road by Steve Earle.
After doing a bit of research, I downloaded and installed this plugin into my “old” Windows 10 laptop:
SIM-BP by Quilcom (Flowtoners(?)
It scanned fine in my Windows 10 laptop and sounded perfect for the song (electronic bagpipes).
So, then I downloaded/extracted/installed it into my new Windows 11 laptop and the plugin would not activate. I believe there was some message about it not being validated.
Hmm, I just took a quick look at the website for that plugin — it looks like the whole thing is based on Ruby – I don’t know if the Ruby system has to be already installed on your computer and/or since the Ruby interpreter is itself an executable, that could be getting blocked as well. Just guessing here.
By the way, there is no “uninstall” to remove this (it’s basically just a vst .dll and some presets etc.)?
So, you just delete everything? (Before reinstalling, which is basically consists of unpacking the compressed file and making sure the .dll and related folders are in the right place to be scanned. (They were)).
Thanks, David, appreciate you thinking about this. It’s really not much of a resources hog as far as I can tell. That was probably based on older less powerful computers. On the computer that it works on (my older one) it does not seem to hit 10% CPU. It just happens to be perfect for this song. But, right now, its not a huge deal if it only works on my old laptop, that is the one I am gigging with anyway.
You are right, there are other options to explore (I have been trying to follow your good advice to shift to less sample heavy plug ins in favor of more modeled plugins. So, this fits that).
But, yes, I have other bagpipes on my hardware and in sample libraries I own and there are other free/low cost ones around So, this is not a big deal. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the synths I own (Pigments?) can do a similar replication.
Of course, if you think of anything else, let me know, I’ll give it a shot.