#25 MacOS port? Snow Leopard requested.


Hi I just found Bristol and are insanely impressed with it. I was looking for help on fixing my Bit99 synth and stumbled across it..
Is it possible to run the emulators on a Mac OSX leopard?
kind regards



  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Hey Steve,

    You should be able to run Bristol on OS X, but a few caveats:

    You'll have to compile it from source, there are no binaries available that are up to date for linux, and no binaries available for OS X. Also, one user has managed to compile the bristol software on OS X, but I don't know how far he got with it.

    Bristol isn't a VST plugin, so no 'tight' integration with VST hosts, you'll also need to run JACK for OS X. http://www.jackosx.com/ either that, or another user was using jackdmp, for multi core processors I think..

    But by all means, go for it, try it and feel free to report back any bugs etc that you find, I'm sure that the dev, Nick Copeland will be more than helpful.

    Andrew Coughlan.

  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-09-26

    HI Steve,

    No, bristol is not OS-X compatible.

    It could be done with a small amount of work however I don't have a Mac and no great intention to get one hence I probably wouldn't be able to support a Mac version - what I mean by that is it could be made to work theoretically however if there are bugs then whoever did the port would have to give the support. Hence, somebody could branch off and do it and Andrew is right, there was a user working on it (you can find a thread somewhere in the forum on how far he got). He had to install the X11 package from MacOS and Jack audio drivers. I had to clean up some compilation issues for freebsd, then I had to clean out the ALSA and OSS code leaving just Jack audio drivers.

    The last point where he stopped was when it complained about priority scheduling for BSD, I use real time threads and I think the Linux code is quite different from the BSD variant. In short, it never got finished and I think he decide to drop the project until he could get Snow Leopard installed. The next upload, 0.40.6 (which is getting constantly delayed due to problems - Andrew, I am working on them, promise) will have all the code changes to get compiled on MacOS however Snow Leopard may require other changes for the newer compiler and you will probably get the same scheduler problems.

    As stated in that forum, I do not want to support either Mac or Windows. There are potential legal issues where if Bristol were available on commercial platforms rather than hidden away on Linux - I would probably get a few cease and desist orders for some of the emulators. I wouldn't expect Crumar to object to the BIt emulators though.

    Regards, nick

  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-09-26
    • summary: os x compatible? --> MacOS port? Snow Leopard requested.
  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Thanks for replying Nick and Andrew. I have X11 installed but am only beginning to try linux, so it will be a steep learning curve! but it looks worth it to be able to use the wealth of synths you have emulated.

    One thing that jumps out at me as a serious electronic musician is the commercial potential of Bristol, many musicians using Logic, Ableton and Cakewalk would really love to have this set for use as VST or AU pluggings.
    I think the only comparable set of instruments is the Korg legacy collection, and well I think you have stomped all over this!
    I realise there would be a massive amount of work needed to make Bristol fully working for OS X or windows and there would probably be some manufacturers copyright issues as it stands at the moment, but with a few subtle name and interface changes is how other developers seem to get round that.
    Have you thought of taking this to an established company, Arturia, LinnPlug, Native Instruments, Ableton developers etc?


  • Andrew C

    Andrew C - 2009-09-28


    There's always a learning curve with linux, but with the actual emulators themselves, if you're familar with synths, you could probably just dive right on in!

    While there would be commercial potential for this app, Nick has already stated that he's developing Bristol by the mere fact that there's nothing like this for the Linux operating system and that windows/mac already have their own VSTs emulating the vintage hardware that Bristol emulates.
    FWIW, I'd would say that both the freeware/commercial/ for windows and mac is already bloated with many many different emulators for vintage hardware, whereas with linux, there's just Bristol!


  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-11-12
    • status: open --> pending
  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-11-12

    This is being closed. The author has no interest in a MacOS port and 3rd party work has not progressed to a final solution.

  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-11-14

    This request is being closed. A new one can be opened if the author ever invests in a Mac PC.

  • Nick Copeland

    Nick Copeland - 2009-11-14
    • status: pending --> closed

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