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Postby JohnH on Sun May 27, 2007 3:55 am

My wish-list includes improved midi. Ubuntu struggles to get this right (and other distros I think too, from what I read).

I would love for my distro to have a midi option that works so that I can use Rosegarded etc. reliably. Some kind of switching between Jack and ALSA, also a fix for ESD that allows sound t work in virtual machines would be nice.

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Postby ./karlos on Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:48 am

http://www.musix.org.ar/en/index.html
musix, an argentinian distro which has loads of music software, my personal favourite

also...

http://ubuntustudio.org/
ubuntu studio, a project using ubuntu base for music production

http://64studio.com/
64studio, same thing but focusing on 64bit machines, also has i386 version

http://www.dynebolic.org/
dyne:bolic, rastasoft software, very interesting multimedia live cd

all of these do midi very well, I use all of them for various musical and midi tasks

if your prepared to pay
http://www.ferventsoftware.com/
studio to go, from the makers of rosegarden

check em out, you can always multiboot...

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Postby JohnH on Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:28 pm

Thanks Karlos,

I've got Ubuntu Studio running through VMware server. It is a bit rough this way. I also have tried the others; Musix seems to have a lot of potential but it did not run well on my HP laptop. Screen resolution was a pig. I might try and load it dual boot on another box i have here; see how that goes.

It is just a shame that midi is so difficult. It seems that the developers got it working to a particular level and said: "well that good enough", and then left it. Timidity in particular is a pain like this. I tried for weeks to get it to run without success. I tried everything, read all the forums but nothing would help.

Like always, I get frustrated that I can't program or otherwise I would do my bit to help.

Thanks Karlos,

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Postby Hamish on Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:45 pm

Midi is quite straightforward, I had midi working in about 5 minutes.

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sudo apt-get install alsa-base libasound alsa-headers libasound-dev
sudo apt-get install timidity


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sudo gedit /etc/modules


Add:

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snd-seq-device
snd-seq-midi
snd-seq-oss
snd-seq-midi-event
snd-seq


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sudo gedit /etc/default/timidity


Remove the # at the start of this line:

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#TIM_ALSASEQ=true
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Postby JohnH on Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:37 am

Thanks Hamish,

It would be nice to have this as part of an install process. I'm not clever enough to know what to do otherwise.

Thanks again,

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