audio codec maintainers

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at
Sun Jan 16 02:18:19 PST 2005

On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 13:27:43 +0300 (MSK), Yuriy Tsibizov
<Yuriy.Tsibizov at> wrote:

> > > Firstly, Who is curently maintaining it?
> > > Orion Hodson seems to have become scarce.
> > > (If you are reading this Orion and I've just missed you, sorry).
> > > I saw cg (Cameron Grant) on the lists the other day, but I
> > > am not sure who is currently the contact man for sound.
> > Cameron will still respond to questions, and I believe he's not
> > totally unwilling to do any work at all, but I think he's adopted
> > more of a back-seat position these days.  Which is not to undervalue
> > his great contributions in the past, of course.  :-)
> But what happened to his NEWPCM v2? There was p4 server on
> for this project...
> > > let me know if you know :-)
> > > If you want the job, speak up :-)
> > > The there is MIDI...
> > Mat Kanner is supposed to be our MIDI maintainer/developer, but
> > unfortunately, he seems to come and go with uncomfortable frequency.
> > The status of his new MIDI code is still up in the air, even months
> > after his original announcement.
> > I've tried using the last patch set he made available here (from
> > August 2004), but it doesn't apply cleanly under CURRENT, and I've
> > been unable so far to obtain an update from Mat.
> I'm tracking his MIDI driver in patched -CURRENT sources (based on
> evennewermidi-10jul2004 diff from
>  It works with MIDI
> device I have - IR reciever in Audigy Platinum box:
> --
> Copyright (c) 1992-2004 The FreeBSD Project.
> Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993,
> 1994
> 	The Regents of the University of California. All rights
> 	reserved.
> FreeBSD 6.0-CURRENT #0: Thu Jan  6 10:18:42 MSK 2005
>     chibis at free.home.local:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/FREE-FAST
> WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
> WARNING: MPSAFE network stack disabled, expect reduced performance.
> [...]
> sequencer 0 created scp 0xc1927200
> seq_eventthread started
> emu10kx0: <Creative Audigy [SB0090]> port 0xd400-0xd41f irq 9 at
> device 9.0 on pci0 midi0: <EMU10Kx MIDI Interface (midi2)> on emu10kx0
> midi1: <EMU10Kx MIDI Interface (midi2)> on emu10kx0
> pcm0: <EMU10Kx PCM Interface> on emu10kx0
> pcm0: <TriTech TR28602 AC97 Codec>
> emu10kx0: IR MIDI events enabled.
> ---
> I've sent my patch (with Audigy MIDI code for emu10k1 driver and some
> minor fixes) back to Seigo Tanimura in August.
> Yuriy Tsibizov,
> P.S. I'm not subscribed to list, please CC me on reply.

Hey, that's pretty cool.  To be honest, I didn't really try that hard to
get the patches working on my CURRENT box.  I've just been too busy with
other things.

Even so, while it's encouraging to hear reports from people who've
managed to get an external MIDI device working, I sure do miss the good
old days of playing MIDI files on my AWE 64 with Soundfonts, using the
nice AWE 64-specific tools that were available back then.  That sounded
so great, and didn't even require an external MIDI keyboard or other
hardware module.

It still upsets me a little if I think about it long enough, the way
this functionality was simply taken away and never replaced.  I really,
really miss having the capability of simply running a MIDI player app
and playing files using nothing more than the onboard synth on my
soundcard.  External MIDI is simply no substitute for this, at least not
for many people who don't enjoy the luxury of owning a nice MIDI synth.

Oh well, whatcha gonna do, huh?  Either grin and bear it, I guess, or
switch to another OS <shudder>.

Conrad J. Sabatier <conrads at> -- "In Unix veritas"

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