FreeBSD multimedia

blubee blubeeme gurenchan at
Fri Oct 27 07:01:59 UTC 2017

I played with Linux audio Ardour, seq24, zyn, yoshimi, amsynth and a few
others first with just setting up jack on debian then i switched to that
kxstudio that was decent but I just never liked KDE so I left it alone.

The issue is I do like the way jack can setup connections between different
programs but there was always the issue of running jack and other stuff.
Towards the end I sorted it out a bit but it was just a pain to switch
workflow; which I tend to do.

I've already ported over amsynth but I want to test it and clean it up a
bit before I try to submit it; I got yoshimi ported but w/o alsaengine
since it relies HEAVILY on gnu stuff that *BSD doesn't have. I am also
going to update zyn to 3.x and I'll be looking to port over Ardour as well.

Since OSS is opened source again, I could write OSS backends for all of
these projects and have them fit right in on FreeBSD, the issue is will I
be able to run connections between them like with Jack on Linux?

I guess the question is; can there be something like Jack but for Alsa or
better yet OSS, since that's whats native on FreeBSD.

Plus this talk really shows how Linux and android tied themselves up in a
knot running too fast:

On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 1:46 PM, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-multimedia <
freebsd-multimedia at> wrote:

> 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?
> Hi,
> 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.
> Regards,
> Ralf
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