LADSPA plugins in Liquidsoap

LADSPA is a standard that allows software audio processors and effects to be plugged into a wide range of audio synthesis and recording packages.

If enabled, Liquidsoap supports LADSPA plugins. In this case, installed plugins are detected at run-time and are all available in Liquidsoap under a name of the form: ladspa.plugin, for instance ladspa.karaoke, ladspa.flanger etc..

The full list of those operators can be found using liquidsoap --list-plugins. Also, as usual, liquidsoap -h ladspa.plugin returns a detailed description of each LADSPA’s operators. For instance:

./liquidsoap -h ladspa.flanger           
*** One entry in scripting values:
Flanger by Steve Harris <>.
Category: Source / Sound Processing
Type: (?id:string,?delay_base:'a,?feedback:'b,
where 'a, 'b, 'c, 'd is either float or ()->float
Flag: hidden
* id : string (default "")
    Force the value of the source ID.
* delay_base : anything that is either float or ()->float (default 6.32499980927)
    Delay base (ms) (0.1 <= delay_base <= 25).
* feedback : anything that is either float or ()->float (default 0.)
    Feedback (-1 <= feedback <= 1).
* lfo_frequency : anything that is either float or ()->float (default 0.334370166063)
    LFO frequency (Hz) (0.05 <= lfo_frequency <= 100).
* max_slowdown : anything that is either float or ()->float (default 2.5)
    Max slowdown (ms) (0 <= max_slowdown <= 10).
* (unlabeled) : source(audio='#e,video='#f,midi='#g) (default None)

For advanced users, it is worth nothing that most of the parameters associated with LADSPA operators can take a function, for instance in the above: max_slowdown : anything that is either float or ()->float . This means that those parameters may be dynamically changed while running a liquidsoap script.