Call for testing: emu10kx driver for Creative sound cards

Ben Kaduk minimarmot at
Tue May 30 13:14:01 PDT 2006

[-current stripped]

On 5/30/06, Alexander Leidinger <Alexander at> wrote:
> Quoting "Conrad J. Sabatier" <conrads at> (from Mon, 29 May 2006
> 17:42:44 -0500):
> > On Tue, 23 May 2006 10:36:29 +0400, "Yuriy Tsibizov"
> > <Yuriy.Tsibizov at> wrote:
> >
> >> > > This driver can replace emu10k1 driver. Older version of this
> >> > > driver was available from ports (audio/emu10kx).
> >> >
> >> > [snipped for brevity ]
> >> >
> >> > Talk about uncanny timing!  I've been thinking of replacing my
> >> > soundcard for a while now.  This looks pretty exciting, especially
> >> > the MIDI support.
> >> "evennewermidi" patch needs someone to take care about it - it was
> >> not updated for two years!
> >
> > Yes, I wish I understood device driver programming better (i.e., better
> > than "not at all" :-).  I would gladly volunteer to take this over.
> I committed the midi patches to -current. What about jumping into the
> cold water and "just start"? If you don't know where to start:
>   - have a look at what the guys over at provide (midi docs)
>   - have a look what FreeBSD is able to do
>   - make a list what it does wrong or not at all
>   - have a look at how the current code handles the existing functionality
>   - try to fix wrong parts
>   - try to implement missing parts
> A lot of this does not depend upon knowledge of device driver
> programming, but it depends upon people with interest in MIDI and
> MIDI-equipment. I don't have much knowledge about MIDI, I don't have
> MIDI equipment, and I don't know much about the internals of the midi
> code, but I can help finding solutions to a problem.
> > I've got a nice Yamaha synth (keyboard) sitting here just gathering
> > dust since I quit using Windows altogether (used to use it with
> > Cakewalk).  I considered switching over to one of the Linux distros just
> > to be able to make use of it, but I just can't bring myself to part
> > with my beloved FreeBSD.  :-)
> I think this is a nice reason to just start and "play around" with
> what we have currently, don't you think? :-)
> Bye,
> Alexander.
> --

It is definitely a nice reason to start to "play around" -- I  intend
to do so soon, since I have a yamaha synth and emu10kx soundcard, but
there's one caveat:  I don't have a cable with which to connect the
two (hence this message).
Does anyone know of a good source for a ~8 meter MIDI cable to connect
a soundcard joystick port to 5 pin MIDI device (or am I completely
clueless and there's a better way to connect my synth to my computer)?


Ben Kaduk

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