MIDI input device
Hans Petter Selasky
hselasky at c2i.net
Sun Dec 21 21:49:06 UTC 2008
On Sunday 21 December 2008, Tore Lund wrote:
> Asking about MIDI here may be somewhat like flogging an absent horse.
> There seems to be little if any information on mailing lists and other
> forums about MIDI, so I have to ask: Does MIDI input work at all on
> FreeBSD? And if so, with what sort of MIDI interface?
I have used FreeBSD-current (USB2) with an external USB MIDI adapter and
several MIDI devices.
The current USB2 MIDI solution is not well integrated into the FreeBSD MIDI
system. What you get is a raw device to get/put MIDI commands. This basically
works, but not with all MIDI applications.
Depending on where you are living in Norway I can give you a personal demo :-)
Hence I like playing the piano and recording using MIDI ...
> I wanted to try out the software synths available on FreeBSD. So I dug
> out my old Roland A30 keyboard and my SoundBlaster PCI64 card, which is
> based on Ensoniq 1370 and which has a game/MIDI port. The sound card is
> recognized all right by FreeBSD, but not the MIDI port - doing a "cat
> /dev/midistat" gives me "No devices installed".
> It occurred to me that I should try out the rest of the synthesizer
> software before going any further. Hence I installed jack-keyboard and
> some of the necessary infrastructure. Following the documentation, I
> first ran "jackd -d oss", then "ghostess whysynth.so" and then
> "jack-keyboard". This setup works very well - makes me look forward to
> trying out other synth stuff in /usr/ports/audio.
> But I need a real keyboard in order to play music. Am I missing some
> command or configuration that will recognize my MIDI port as an input
> device? Or, if my old SoundBlaster cannot be used, will FreeBSD pick up
> any of the new USB interfaces? Thanks for any hints.
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