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Old 11-27-2004, 11:46 PM   #1
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Composing MIDIs


Hi. I'd like to compose my own MIDI songs like the old windows canyon.mid and passport.mid. Any software recommendations for this task?

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Old 11-28-2004, 02:24 AM   #2
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You might want to check out Linux Sound & Music it has music software sorted by category. Personally I like Rosegarden, but there are many other choices, such as MusE and Brahms. All of this software can be found under the MIDI section on that Linux Sound & Music page.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 04:28 AM   #3
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I installed Rosegarden and it's a pretty cool program to use. Unfortunately, I can't get any sound! Any ideas on where to start??
 
Old 11-28-2004, 01:52 PM   #4
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Are you getting sound in other programs? Is it the sound or the MIDI that isn't working in Rosegarden? If it's the sound, then maybe you don't have the sound server running (jackd). In Rosegarden go to Settings->Configure Rosegarden then click on the sequencer side item. What does it say for the sequencer status? What does the detailed status say?

If the MIDI isn't working it could really be anything, what kind of sound card do you have?
 
Old 11-28-2004, 01:55 PM   #5
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First of all, thanks for replying! I seriously did not think I would get any help on this. Good thing you are here! Here's my output regarding the sequencer: (please help!!!!! LOL)
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Rosegarden 4-0.9.9 - AlsaDriver - alsa-lib version 1.0.6

JackDriver::initialiseAudio - JACK server not running

ALSA Client information:

64,0 - (Audigy MPU-401 (UART) - Rawmidi 0, Audigy MPU-401 (UART)) (DUPLEX) [ctype 2, ptype 2, cap 127]
64,32 - (Audigy MPU-401 (UART) - Rawmidi 0, Audigy MPU-401 #2) (DUPLEX) [ctype 2, ptype 2, cap 127]
65,0 - (Emu10k1 WaveTable, Emu10k1 Port 0) (WRITE ONLY) [ctype 2, ptype 2078, cap 66]
65,1 - (Emu10k1 WaveTable, Emu10k1 Port 1) (WRITE ONLY) [ctype 2, ptype 2078, cap 66]
65,2 - (Emu10k1 WaveTable, Emu10k1 Port 2) (WRITE ONLY) [ctype 2, ptype 2078, cap 66]
65,3 - (Emu10k1 WaveTable, Emu10k1 Port 3) (WRITE ONLY) [ctype 2, ptype 2078, cap 66]

Creating device 0 in Play mode for connection 65:0 Emu10k1 Port 0 (write)
Default device name for this device is MIDI soundcard synth
Creating device 1 in Play mode for connection 65:1 Emu10k1 Port 1 (write)
Default device name for this device is MIDI soundcard synth 2
Creating device 2 in Play mode for connection 65:2 Emu10k1 Port 2 (write)
Default device name for this device is MIDI soundcard synth 3
Creating device 3 in Play mode for connection 65:3 Emu10k1 Port 3 (write)
Default device name for this device is MIDI soundcard synth 4
Creating device 4 in Play mode for connection 64:0 Audigy MPU-401 (UART) (duplex)
Default device name for this device is MIDI external device
Creating device 5 in Record mode for connection 64:0 Audigy MPU-401 (UART) (duplex)
Default device name for this device is MIDI hardware input device
Creating device 6 in Play mode for connection 64:32 Audigy MPU-401 #2 (duplex)
Default device name for this device is MIDI external device 2
Creating device 7 in Record mode for connection 64:32 Audigy MPU-401 #2 (duplex)
Default device name for this device is MIDI hardware input device 2
Current timer set to "system timer"
AlsaDriver::initialiseMidi - initialised MIDI subsystem

Current timer set to "system timer"
Current timer set to "system timer"
 
Old 11-28-2004, 02:03 PM   #6
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Oh, and yes, I do have sound in general on my computer.

I tried to run jackd but this happens:

Code:
[ken@ken ken]$ jackd -d alsa -r 44100
jackd 0.98.1
Copyright 2001-2003 Paul Davis and others.
jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details

loading driver ..
apparent rate = 44100
creating alsa driver ... hw:0|hw:0|1024|2|44100|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit
control device hw:0
configuring for 44100Hz, period = 1024 frames, buffer = 2 periods
Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead
Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead
 
Old 11-28-2004, 02:07 PM   #7
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Is it running? Do a 'ps -A' and see if it is listed as a process. I think mine used to do that back when I had a SB Live, but it still worked ok.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 02:14 PM   #8
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Nope, jackd is not running. But I also discovered something else. I can't even play or hear midi files. I got this from another thread from here http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...readid=244472:


"have you got a maper installed? I know i can't play midis and don't have one but havent had time to look. If running KDE its under sound - sound system - midi - "Use a midi mapper" (bottom)."


I checked on the TEST MIDI and I couldn't hear anything, but when I clicked on TEST SOUND, I can hear the sound file fine. Is this in some way related? What is a MIDI Mapper? Currently my midi is set with Audigy MPU-401 with NO MIDI mapper. Is this correct?

Last edited by Micro420; 11-28-2004 at 02:15 PM.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 02:33 PM   #9
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Make sure that your mixer levels for MIDI aren't muted. You also need a soundfont loaded, I assume you are using Mandrake's package manager, which I have never used, but you need to get a package named awesfx or something similar.

Once you have this package you need a sound font (probably from your original Audigy install CD). It will be called something like 8MBGMSFX.SF2. Copy this file to your harddisk. Then run something like this ' /bin/sfxload /path/to/soundfont/8MBGMSFX.SF2'

Then try playing a MIDI file. As far as I know the MIDI shouldn't have to be mapped to anything if you have an Audigy.
 
  


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