[linux-audio-user] New install, SuSE
linuxmedia4 at netscape.net
Thu Feb 12 14:56:05 EST 2004
dsevans at berndtgroup.net wrote:
> I started up jackd and got hydrogen to work. thanks.
As mentioned prior, you may want to turn off the aRts server. From what
I understand, it's a sound server that compensates up for any sound card
that doesn't allow 2 sounds to be played at the same time. aRts is
probly not nessesay. Yet... it could (possibly) introduce latency (and
who knows what else).
With SuSE/KDE, it's running by default. To disable it, go to...
--> Control Center --> Sound & Multimedia --> Sound System --> (un)check
the option "Start aRts sound server on KDE startup"
If you really want to be safe, reboot to make sure it's off.
Hydrogen is very nice, but I had certain issues with it, so I went with
a much "cleaner" situation. If I'm not mistaken, I don't think that the
version of Hydrogen that comes with SuSE 9.0 allows for any "real time"
inputting of notes. I think you only have the option of inputting notes
with a mouse. If I'm wrong, then please correct me. But if not, then you
have to connect it up to another midi program. This is (not) uncommon
practice in the linux/audio world to use programs together like this. It
just seems too "kludgy" to hook a "full-blown" program up to another
"full-blown" program like this. So what I did was to install "simsam"...
It allows you to load sound samples and assign them to any key(s) on
your midi keyboard. It's much less "kludgy" than using a full blown
program like Hydrogen. And unlike (some) programs, you don't have to do
anything special to get it to show up in the "kaconnect" window. Just
type "simsam" in a shell... start kaconnect and hook it up to a midi
sequencer program or your midi keyboard or whatever...
Here's the irony... if you want some great sounding sound samples, find
the directory were Hydrogen keeps it's sound samples ("drum kits" are
*one* compressed file full of samples). You can right click on them in
KDE and choose the "extract here" option. From what I remember, that
creates a file that needs to (also) be extracted. And I believe that
leaves a folder of drum samples at that location.
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