Distro with midi out of the box

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Distro with midi out of the box

Postby vinnie » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:34 am

This is my first post, i try to ask a thing there because I'am totaly unexperted.
I'm looking for a distro that has midi working by default (then included soundfont and synthesizer configuration).
If it works even live it would be appreciated, so you can try it too.
If I understand ubuntu studio needs further configurations after being installed to make midi work

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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby Lyberta » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:03 pm

For a basic MIDI setup you can try QSynth + QJackCtl. I dunno if there are distros that come with these preinstalled.

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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby Linuxmusician01 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:57 am

Midi works out of the box in every distro. It's supported by ALSA (Linux's sound driver). One just has to learn how to work w/ one's Midi gear in combination w/ a DAW and/or softsynth etc. Depends very much on what you want to do w/ Midi and what software (DAW) you want to use.

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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby tavasti » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:19 am

vinnie wrote:This is my first post, i try to ask a thing there because I'am totaly unexperted.
I'm looking for a distro that has midi working by default (then included soundfont and synthesizer configuration).
If it works even live it would be appreciated, so you can try it too.

Simplest way to have midi & synths working is to install LMMS. Soundfonts are not included there, but at least in Ubuntu, lmms package suggests fluid-soundfont-gm. There you have pretty many synths with presets, and it is nice DAW, but without audio recording capability.
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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby Linuxmusician01 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:05 am

tavasti wrote:
vinnie wrote:This is my first post, i try to ask a thing there because I'am totaly unexperted.
I'm looking for a distro that has midi working by default (then included soundfont and synthesizer configuration).
If it works even live it would be appreciated, so you can try it too.

Simplest way to have midi & synths working is to install LMMS. Soundfonts are not included there, but at least in Ubuntu, lmms package suggests fluid-soundfont-gm. There you have pretty many synths with presets, and it is nice DAW, but without audio recording capability.

Yep. Apart from choosing between Jack or ALSA for LMMS's audio. And I have a sneaking suspicion that the topic starter might have probs because of that. He states "In Windows it just worked". To me that screams Linux problems like Pulseaudio, Jack and ALSA. :)

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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby wakoo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:30 am

What about the latency with midi workflow? Almost with virtual instruments I never can avoid xruns.

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Re: Distro with midi out of the box

Postby Musicteacher » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:17 pm

As this is not distro-specific, you'd probably be better off asking this in the "system tuning and configuration" sub:

viewforum.php?f=27

However, as a quick info: playing software synths with low lacency via a midi keyboard is definitely possible, so it is likely that you have done something wrong or your hardware is insufficient.


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