[linux-audio-user] Is there a shortcut to merely test a midi device?

Robert Jonsson robert.jonsson at dataductus.se
Fri May 7 09:54:58 EDT 2004

cat /dev/midi (the device may be named midi00 or similar)

though this requires that you have OSS or alsa + oss compatibility layer 
There is no "real" bruteforce test apart from inserting a serial listener on 
the cables to check if there is any traffic... But not everybody has one of 
those ;)


On Friday 07 May 2004 15.53, Lee Dunbar wrote:
> Hydrogen does not see it. Let me at this time reiterate a prior request I
> made: a simple bruteforce test is desired. I've already tried soo many
> different 'normal' configurations (GUI version of aconnect, connect the
> midi device to a sequencer that is launched, got nothing, tried Timidity,
> Muse, Rosegarden - they do not see the device, nor do I know hos to tell my
> midi device to be channel 1 or channel 7, etc) remember my 'too many
> variables' statement? I really want the simplest and most fool proof setup
> one can possibly attempt. Hence I asked about catting a string into a midi
> device - something as brute force as that, talking straight into the
> /dev/midi device.....
> -- Matthew 28:19,20
> --- Benjamin Flaming <lau at solobanjo.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 06 May 2004 10:09 am, Lee Dunbar wrote:
> > [snip: how to test a MIDI keyboard]
>      Another idea would be to use Hydrogen for testing.  Start the program,
> and choose "Preferences..." from the File menu.  Switch to the "Midi
> System" tab, and select the input which you think represents your keyboard.
>  Click Ok, and watch the "Midi in" light.  If it blinks when you press
> keys, you know that communication is okay.
> |)
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