[linux-audio-user] Re: Straw Poll: External MIDI

Sylvain Robitaille lau at therockgarden.ca
Fri Jan 27 20:16:21 EST 2006

On Fri, 27 Jan 2006, Kevin Cosgrove wrote:

> I use an Alesis QS-8 keyboard and an ADAT.  They work as well or
> better than they did with the Mac.

I _have_ to ask: are you successfully sync'ing the ADAT to Ardour and/or
Rosegarden?  If so, I'd be _very_ interested in seeing the details of
how you've set it up.

Since I've jumped in, I might as well provide my own answer ...

On Fri, 27 Jan 2006, tim hall wrote:

> I'd like to take a straw poll on how many Linux Audio users make use of 
> external MIDI devices. As a straight hands-up would be unlikely to yield 
> useful results, perhaps people could suggest what percentage of 
> external-MIDI-users exist within the LAU group. (As of Jan 06, say)

I don't know what percentage I count as, but I'm currently using _mostly_
outboard MIDI equipment:  sound modules are an ESQ1, DW8000, TX7, S2000,
and a Roland GR09 (that I actually haven't yet used MIDIed from the
computer), while controllers include the ESQ1 (which I use the most), a
Roland Octapad, and the aforementioned GR09.  I also have some outboard
effects that I have MIDIed (in the past;  I've not yet tried this on my
current music workstation) to the computer for backing up via SysEx.

On the software side, I'm still _very_ new, having only experimented a
little with FluidSynth/QSynth and LinuxSampler (for which I have very
high hopes).  I played around with Bristol a few years back when Dave
Phillips highlighted it in a Linux Journal article, but the computer I
was using then was perhaps not entirely up to the task, so I never took
that very far.  I'm likely to try to see if the version I have still
works on my new system.

I also did a fair bit of work around and previous to that time, with a
number of other software packages, but nothing that seems to have really
taken off nor to have particularly struck me as _must_have_ software,
though I'm very likely to revisit any packages that are still around
(and suitably maintained) now.

If I can successfully synchronize my ADATs and the sequencer in my ESQ1
to Ardour and Rosegarden, I'll have accomplished exactly what I'm hoping
for for this music system.

Sylvain Robitaille                              syl at alcor.concordia.ca

Major in Electroacoustic Studies                  Concordia University
Faculty of Fine Arts / Music Department       Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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