Last week u-he and Bitwig announced their new open format CLAP plug-in (CLever Audio Plug-in API) which is a new standard aimed at cleaning up the somewhat variable standards found in many plug-in formats and introducing new, modern standards to take advantage of more current computing power and automation requirements.
Its a bold move but have been in development for almost 8 years through an initial idea from coder Alexandre Bique. Standards are hard to make stick but Bitwig and u-he have implemented CLAP within Bitwig 4.3 (coming imminently) and with u-he's range of plug-ins - also coming imminently. They've done the legwork to show the way forward.
We had a chat with Urs Heckmann (u-he), Placidus Schelbert (Bitwig) and Alexandre Bique (Bitwiig) about the why and wherefore of such a massive undertaking.
We also get an insight into what kind of capabilities CLAP will bring: preset interchange, collect and and save (excellent for samples). microtuning support, common browser, polyphonic modulation/automation, 50% increase in efficiency (Apple Silicon) and lots more besides.