[linux-audio-user] [ANN] lakai-0.1
ruinaudio at comcast.net
Sun Feb 8 22:18:46 EST 2004
I had a yamaha a4000, great sampler... a little too "digital" for me.
Anyway there's a window program called b-zone that I used to use with
it. It loads under wine (since I don't have the a4000 I can't test it
further) you may be able to make use of it...
On Sun, 2004-02-08 at 18:13, Frank Neumann wrote:
> Hi list,
> Emiliano Grilli <emiliano.grilli at poste.it> wrote:
> > > I'm happy to announce the first release (0.1) of lakai, a small tool package
> > > that allows to exchange data (samples, programs) between a Linux PC and an
> > > Akai sampler (S2000 tested; other 2xxx/3xxx models might work or not) over
> > > SCSI. This permits "complete backup" and "complete restore" of the sampler
> > > RAM contents.
> > Excellent!
> > Unfortunately I do not have an Akai sampler, I have a Yamaha A4000... Do
> > you think your program can be useful to me?
> I don't think so, sorry (see below).
> > I know it can read (or better: import) AKAI cds, but don't know if the
> > support is complete and especcially how this is related to SCSI
> > communication.
> Reading (importing) Akai sample CDs is one thing (that's handled by the
> OS or firmware of the sampler), but transferring stuff to the PC is
> something else.
> I had a short search on the internet, and if what I found is correct, the
> Yamaha A3000/4000/5000 use the "SMDI" protocol for sampler transfer between
> PC and sampler. This is in a document by Peavey (a doc from 1991), and there
> is also an open-source project that brings this to Linux (see
> http://chn.roarvgm.com/opensmdi/). However, I have not tried that, and cannot
> comment on it. OpenSMDI has not had any updates since May 2001 or so.
> Akai samplers have their own protocol which is not compatible with
> OpenSMDI (communication goes through SysEx strings which is always
> manufacturer-specific). That's perhaps why the Akai sampler protocol seems
> to be a good deal faster than SMDI (I read about SMDI doing some 30 KBytes/sec;
> I could do up to 610 KBytes/sec on long files).
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