[linux-audio-user] Does anybody actually perform with ZynAddSubFX?

Folderol folderol at ukfsn.org
Tue Oct 24 17:21:30 EDT 2006

On Tue, 24 Oct 2006 20:52:08 +0000
Carlo Capocasa <capocasa at gmx.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been trying to set up ZynAddSubFX to perform professionally and 
> while in theory all is a bed of roses I just can't get the darn thing to 
> be at least REASONABLY stable enough so I would actually even allow 
> myself to THINK about going near a stage. No way with this pile of junk.

I've not had much by way of stability problems I could positively lay
at Zyn's door.

> Don't get me wrong it sounds great, but under real time circumstances 
> the thing just breaks down. I just can't count the amount of time I 
> spend re-opening patches.

Zyn doesn't seem to like repeated re-loads of patches/instrunents or
parameters. My workaround is set up a complete parameter file per song,
then launch Zyn by running the file (need option -l). I then kill Zyn
when I have finished with that parameter setup (wash, rinse, repeat).

Zyn seems to take up more processor time for every instrument loaded
(up to the maximum of 16) so I make sure that saved parameter files only
contain the ones I want.

> So frustration expression past, has anybody done what I want to do, 
> being using Zyn under real time circumstances? And actual real LIFE 
> circumstances?

I don't do any live work as such, but have made a chain of recordings
one after the other without a single problem, and on an elderly Mdk
10.1 install. I work almost exclusively from Rosegarden.

> Thanks for your input.
> Tech specs: 2GHz Pentium 4, Roland Edirol FA-101 on Freebob 1.0, 
> Dynebolic 2.1. 24/96. Had similar issues with the Internal sound card.
> Carlo

Will J G

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