Does anyone compose music using any of the ports
fromthe/ports/audio collection in FreeBSD?
metal_man at mail.ru
Wed Jul 14 11:01:29 PDT 2004
You wrote to "Kevin Koch" <kcoch1 at midsouth.rr.com> on Wed, 14 Jul 2004
11:50:22 -0500 (CDT):
CJS> FreeBSD's sound support is primitive in the extreme compared to the
CJS> facilities available on other platforms.
CJS> When I first started using FreeBSD, way back in 1996, we had Voxware,
CJS> which supported real MIDI. Unfortunately, it was yanked from the
CJS> source tree due to the lack of anyone willing to continue to maintain
CJS> it, even though there was no replacement for the functionality that
CJS> was lost as a result.
CJS> Ever since, we've been limited to the most basic audio functionality,
CJS> *no* MIDI whatsoever, and as a result, anyone interested in MIDI
CJS> sequencing under FreeBSD is left with no choice but to use another
CJS> This is a very sorry state of affairs that has persisted way too long.
CJS> When the removal of Voxware was under discussion, a number of us
CJS> registered our strong dissent, as it was obvious that no suitable
CJS> replacement would be forthcoming for quite some time.
CJS> Well, here we are, eight years or so later, and the functionality that
CJS> was ripped out of the kernel with the removal of Voxware *still* has
CJS> yet to be replaced with a working, compatible (that is, compatible
CJS> with the abundance of modern, sophisticated tools that are now being
CJS> used on other platforms) alternative.
CJS> This is an appalling state of affairs, IMHO. I'm currently exploring
CJS> a number of alternatives in the hopes of once again enjoying the
CJS> functionality that once existed, mainly in the area of MIDI.
CJS> It seems that MIDI, as well as compatibility with the wealth of very
CJS> sophisticated music composition tools now in existence, is a *very*
CJS> low priority item in the minds of the main FreeBSD development team.
CJS> I, for one, am fast running out of patience with this state of
CJS> affairs. I love FreeBSD and prefer it over any other platform
CJS> currently available, but unless some serious improvement comes about
CJS> in the area of sound/music support, and soon, I fear I may be left
CJS> with no choice but to bid a bittersweet farewell to the project, and
CJS> seek greener pastures.
CJS> Things have gotten so bad of late, that even the few, minimalistic
CJS> tools that we do have available to us, such as timidity++, aren't even
CJS> working properly, and recent commits have even introduced new bugs
CJS> into the existing pcm code.
CJS> I don't believe in issuing ultimatums or threats, but I am seriously
CJS> disgusted with the state of sound support in FreeBSD. We are *so* far
CJS> behind the rest of the free *nixes, it's not even funny.
CJS> I would *love* to use FreeBSD as the basis for the home recording
CJS> studio I'm interested in setting up, but with the current paucity of
CJS> working tools and devices, that seems highly unlikely to be within the
CJS> realm of practical possibility.
CJS> I'm currently looking at AGNULA (http://www.agnula.org/) a Debian
CJS> and/or Redhat-based system tailored specifically for use as a full,
CJS> professional-quality music production environment. Looks *very*
CJS> It makes me very sad that FreeBSD is so far behind the pack in this
CJS> area, it really does. Otherwise, I think it's the best free OS
CJS> around. But I have needs that aren't being met, and I'm quite
CJS> skeptical at this point that FreeBSD will ever deliver the goods. I
CJS> think eight years is a more than reasonable length of time to have
CJS> waited for a replacement MIDI subsystem to be instituted. My patience
CJS> is nearly at an end. <sigh>
If you need this functionality so much, why don't you develop it yourself?
Or hire some programmers, money always were a good motivation;)
CJS> Oh well. You gotta do whatcha gotta do, I guess. Just wish it
CJS> weren't so.
With best regards, Dmitriy Startsev.
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