Re: Linux Midi Playback (Edirol SD series)
From: Emiliano Grilli (emillo_at_despammed.com)
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 09:11:41 GMT
On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 09:27:01 -0800, Mark Uygur wrote:
> I am a musician who would like to switch to Linux. I need exceptional
> midi playback and really enjoy the Edirol SD series of sound modules.
> The SD sound modules say that they do not support Linux. Is there a
> way to get the SDs to work with Linux? If not, could anyone reccommend
> a sound card/module that has great midi playback and also works with
> most operating systems(including Linux).
Hi, I have an edirol SC-D70 and with the module usb-audio it works well, as
far as MIDI goes. Audio is working too, but I'm not able to run jack with
it. However, if you get a supported soundcard (see
http://alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/), which also has MIDI in/out, you can
control any external module with it.
Good results are reported with the m-audio soundcards, and also terratec
has some good and cheap soundcard (like the EWX24/96)
Another option, if you have a reasonable powerful PC is to go the
"software way", using timidity or fluidsynth with a GM soundfont and/or
other soft-synths (zynaddsubfx, alsa modular synth, spiral synth, pd,
etc..) for producing sound. There's also an interesting project called
linuxsampler (http://www.linuxsampler.org) in early stages of development,
that should, when finished, replace the soft-samplers like halion,
gigasampler, kontakt, etc... providing ability to read and play sounds
from AKAI cd, GIGA, etc..
If you absolutely want to go USB, see
for roland products; it seems that some SD modules are supported, but I
can speak only for the SC-D70 and the UM1 - they work (at least for MIDI,
the SC-D70 works well for me)
> Thanks and happy new year,
-- Emiliano Grilli Linux user #209089 http://www.emillo.net