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Old 09-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hi

I'm a newbie and having trouble finding and setting up rosegarden.

I've been using Windows ( ugh ! ) for yonks and new to Linux, so any help to create and edit audio / midi music would be well received.

Apologies in advance for not knowing how to do things in Linux which I have found to totally outshine Windows by miles !

Best Regards to you all. Nuisance.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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Welcome

Welcome to Linux my friend!

Its perfectly fine. However we do need to know a bit more information on what you have in order to answer the question properly.

The main question is what distro are you using?

Most distros have a package manager that will have rosegarden already ready for installation.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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Hi Nuisance and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

From the icon in your post I assume you're using Ubuntu. If it's not then please post your distro when you have a question. This eliminates us users from providing you with commands that don't work.

With regards to your question I've found the following link which explains everything from A to Z, as far as I can tell (not being a musician).

Hope it helps you on your way. And don't apologize for willing to learn. Everyone starts at some point and LinuxQuestions is all about getting and offering help.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 09-16-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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Rosegarden is one of my favorite apps to play with and once you get it set up it works great. However it is not a "works out of the box" application. I had lots of trouble getting all of the pieces working. The tutorial by Mike McIntyre helps a lot and I recommend reading it at least 3 times. You won't get it all the first time through.

It is a complex app and does lots of stuff, so you can't expect to learn about it in an hour. Here are some of the things that tripped me up.

1. Rosegarden does not play sounds by itself. You need other applications or hardware to complement it.

2. It depends on ALSA. People will tell you how superior OSS4 is, but if you want to use Rosegarden, you need to stick with ALSA.

3. You need JACK. There may be other ways to route your MIDI and Audio around, but I don't know about them. Get the package qjackctl. Use it like a switchboard and think of the connections as physical cables attaching the output of one "device" to the next. Devices can be programs or hardware drivers.

4. You need something to generate and play the sounds. MIDI data carries no audio information with it. I use Qsynth (Fluidsynth) as a software synthesizer. Even it does not have sampled audio information. You need to get as set of soundfonts. There are some free ones. They are *.sf2 files. Then you need to register the soundfont with Qsynth. If you get a sf2 that implements the General Midi bank, you can usually play midi files with the instruments assigned correctly. Sf2 files differ in quality. I haven't compared the free ones with the commercial ones.

5. If you use an external tone generator you can skip the software synth. Just plug the MIDI output of Rosegarden into the driver for your hardware synth through the jack connection panel.

6. Make sure that the sampling frequency in Qsynth is the same as in Jack.

I use both soft and hardware synths. At home I use Qsynth for composing and arranging. The when I am at my church I plug into a Yamaha Motif Rack ES tone generator. A simple "Rewiring" in the Jack connection panel is all it takes to make the switch.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 09-16-2009, 09:20 AM   #5
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Here's a link to the McIntyre tutorial.

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/tutor...chapter-0.html

Also, I hope I didn't mislead you in item 4 of my previous post. When I said you need to register the soundfont with Qsynth, I didn't mean that you had to register it with a company somewhere. All you need to do is open up a configuration window and tell Qsynth where to find the soundfont file.
 
Old 09-16-2009, 09:32 AM   #6
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Just a few links to aid you in the endeavor that will be very enjoyable;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links' . More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 09-17-2009, 05:00 PM   #7
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Thumbs up Thanks !

Hi & thanks for all replies to my first post.

I am not sure what a Distro is ? ? ? ( sorry ! ) But if it helps I am using Ubuntu.

I will try to get my head round all replies over next few days and post my progress.

Thanks again to you all for taking the time and trouble to help me !

Regards . . . Eddie.
 
Old 09-17-2009, 05:06 PM   #8
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Hi Eddie,

What the world calls a distro is your 'version' of the Linux operating system, be it Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware, Dreamlinux, etc.......

Keep us up to date of your progress.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 09-18-2009, 07:10 AM   #9
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Hi,

'Distro' = 'Distribution'
 
  


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