Yeah thanks for clarifying that. I figured it was bigger than a reason studios decision. This makes me concerned for the future of my song files compatibility with tracks already using VST2 versions... not to mention the annoyance of having double devices everywhere.crimsonwarlock wrote: ↑19 Dec 2022The VST-specification uses unique IDs to make sure that updates of a plugin will replace the plugin, while new versions might be able to be installed side by side with old ones, when compiled with new IDs. If VST3 plugins would automatically replace VST2 versions, that could create unwanted plugin behavior in a project because there might be differences between the VST2 and VST3 version that a DAW might not be able to handle. So, this is not an oversight, it's a security feature. And Reason Studios has absolutely zero control over this, as it is part of the VST-specification, which is controlled by Steinberg.earwig83 wrote: ↑19 Dec 2022
Is this accurate? because if so, this puts us all in a bad position for old file recovery in the future. My concern is that if the VST3 doesn't simply seamlessly replace the VST2 version, than we are basically going to eventually lose access to years of songs, no? I'm honestly a bit concerned about this and this was part of why I originally avoided VSTS altogether. If moving to VST3 breaks old song compatibility (should vst2 support eventually be dropped) than I feel I was right to never trust this format to begin with. It just goes to show how beautiful reason was until this vst nightmare came to our town. I regret getting sucked into the shiny VST word now for sure.
This could be solved in part if reason's browser was actually good. Which it is not at all. Can't even search for delays, unless delay appears in the device name. Needs tagging system to include device type and vst version, which would be a great solve. Instead, we would all have to make custom favourites list which is a huge data entry job that could be handled by quality browser implementations.
As far as not having VST2 supplemented by VST3 replacements I think this is a massive designed-obsolescence agenda being pushed by Steinberg. I get it but I don't like it. I could happily keep using VST2 but now I fear eventual support for that could be dropped, breaking hundreds of song files. It's like every time we get something new, the problems just get murkier. I'm somewhat regretting embracing all the cool VST stuff.