Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

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mikeincousa
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Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby mikeincousa » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:04 am

The sage fellows a the Craigs List Linux forum directed me here.

This duplicates my thread by the same title there and in the Musescore forum
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I am endeavoring to connect a brand new Yamaha PSR-E353 keyboard to Musescore under Ubuntu 16.04

My immediate goals are note input and score playing through the Yamaha. Later I would like to learn midi basics.

After connecting the keyboard to the computer Musescore did not recognize the keyboard notes..

Under 15.04 I installed whatever drivers that were needed to run VMPK. I am assuming they survived the upgrade.

So, I think I have the needed drivers for the Yamah? But, I do not know how to confirm that.

I found several discussions for connecting Yamaha keyboards and Linux OS's but I could not determine the paths or outcome in those discussions.

So. Is what I am trying to accomplish possible?

If so what do I need to do to get to my goal?

All guidance will be appreciated.

Some updates

I "found" function 32 PC mode.

I believe I have toggled it correctly because the display show PC1, and the keys are dead.

sudo lsusb shows Ubuntu 16.04 recognizes the keyboard.

Last
musescore is already the newest version (2.0.2+dfsg-2ubuntu0.1)

Next I am wondering about the sound server settings in Ubuntu and Musescore.

It seems like something is not connecting internally?

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Re: Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby glowrak guy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:49 pm

with the yamaha unplugged from computer usb,
issue commands

aconnect -i

aconnect -o

then plug in the yamaha, power it up,
and run the commands again.

If you now see the yamaha listed in brackets or within '_ _'
open qjackctl, and in the setup panel, click the widgets
to the right of 'input device', and 'output device', and you should
see the appropriate option, select, or copy/paste them in, and restart qjackctl.

Then connect an instrument by the Connect panel of qjackctl,
amsynth is a good choice, You'll connect the synth audio in Audio tab,
and the midi in the Alsa or Midi tab. (The Midi tab is for jackd midi,
the Alsa tab is for alsa midi. amsynth will likely auto-connect one of these.

To connect items, select an item from the left and right panels in the desired tab's panel,
and press the connect button on that panel (not the main-panel Connect button)

To make jackd midi available, install a2jmidid and after starting qjackctl,
issue the command

a2jmidid -j default

and you should see a jackd midi port listed in the Midi tab. This is used by some,
but not all linux instruments/effects.
Cheers

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Re: Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby glowrak guy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:51 pm

also, perhaps you have usb3 ports, (blue-plastic in the inserts)
try the other ports, if possible.
Cheers

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Re: Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby mikeincousa » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:02 am

A progress report.

PSR-E353 Disconnected.
mike@mike:~$ aconnect -i
client 0: 'System' [type=kernel]
0 'Timer '
1 'Announce '
client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel]
0 'Midi Through Port-0'

mike@mike:~$ aconnect -o
client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel]
0 'Midi Through Port-0'

PSR-E353 connected and powered.
mike@mike:~$ aconnect -i
client 0: 'System' [type=kernel]
0 'Timer '
1 'Announce '
client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel]
0 'Midi Through Port-0'
client 20: 'Digital Keyboard' [type=kernel]
0 'Digital Keyboard MIDI 1'

mike@mike:~$ aconnect -o
client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel]
0 'Midi Through Port-0'
client 20: 'Digital Keyboard' [type=kernel]
0 'Digital Keyboard MIDI 1'

mike@mike:~$ qjackctl
(qjackctl:5840): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "hcengine",
Jack Audio Connection Kit GUI appears. (Qjackctl in the icon)

So far so good.
But I do not know how to proceed from here.

Buttons on the Audio Connection GUI, seemingly a best guess list.
Setup
Connect
Patchbay

Patchbay seems like the place to make the I/O connection?
Maybe I am wrong?

But I tried....
New Patch Bay Definition

Midi Through and Digital Keyboard seems the likely choice.

I would think that different combinations are needed for keying notes and playing computer stored midi files?

And that I will need two sets of connections?

Could someone tell if I am on the right track so far, and then if so explicitly how to set the patch connection(s)?

Or let me know where I am going wrong.

Thanks for your patience and help.

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Re: Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby rghvdberg » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:34 am

Check the settings in MuseScore. Find the I/O tab and make sure Jack and Jack midi is ticked.
Use qjackctl to connect MuseScore to the keyboard.

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Re: Musescore | Yamaha PSR-E353 Keyboard | Ubuntu 16.04

Postby Pablo » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:00 pm

Patchbay seems like the place to make the I/O connection?

No, that's the place to make *persistent* connections between applications and ports,
but it is not that simple...

Instead, use the Connections button.


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