FreeBSD multimedia

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Fri Oct 27 06:06:46 UTC 2017

On Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:13:14 +0800, blubee blubeeme wrote:
>For instance is it possible to use Alsa/OSS to control midi keyboards
>and link synths and DAW gether without Jack running?


yesno, IOW it depends.

MIDI usually is no issue at all, since many apps don't support Jack
MIDI at all, but instead ALSA MIDI only on Linux. I don't know what
those apps use on FreeBSD.

Audio is tricky, consider to use an AIO solution, e.g. a DAW that
is an audio recorder and MIDI sequencer and allows to use synth plugins
as well as effect plugins. Ardour for instance can be used on Linux with
ALSA instead of Jack.
FreeBSD has got no ALSA, so I don't know if it would be possible to use
Ardour without Jack, too.
On Linux using Ardour with ALSA does not work with all professional
audio cards.

However, I don't know what issues you experience with setting up Jack
on FreeBSD. I'm a Linux pro-audio user for good reasons.
You are aware that jack itself has got no GUI? Perhaps the issues are
caused by the GUI you use to handle Jack (e.g. restoring connections)?
Maybe the issues are caused by the FreeBSD infrastructure (e.g.
real-time related)?

IOW what do you experience as a bit cumbersome and what makes you think
that without Jack you could get rid of those issues?

A semi off-topic personal remark:

Usually it's no problem to install FreeBSD and Linux on the same
machine. You might could get rid of annoying issues, when using Linux
for audio and MIDI work.


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