[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.

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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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