Unai Garro Arrazola
Unai.Garro at ee.ed.ac.uk
Thu Jun 5 13:02:18 BST 2003
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On Wednesday 04 June 2003 22:24, Guillaume Laurent wrote:
> - timidity is just a make-do solution, music composing on Linux doesn't
> rely on it at all. Many Alsa-supported cards have hardware synth (the SB
> Live! being one of the most popular).
That's right, but I am mainly talking about laptops. Most laptops have
half-baked hardware, like winmodems, and "win"soundcards. Composing music is
just a hobby that I have, so I cannot afford too much money just to buy
specific hardware for just that purpose. I have a laptop, so why not use it
to compose music?
> If you're serious about composing,
I'm only half serious. I spent several years studying music, but it's only a
hobby anyway. I even own a digital yamaha piano which I can control through
serial/midi ports, for which I started to make some small software a while
ago, but I have a serious problem right now: my new laptop comes without
serial ports (great mistake), and the USB connection requires additional
hardware and drivers.
> and certainly not a software synth
I don't see anything wrong with software synthesizing. It allows you not to be
attached to huge hardware. I cannot drag my piano to the beach! ;-)
> - MIDI is a musicians tool. The typical user will hardly ever have any use
> for it. kmidi could drop from the face of the earth right now, hardly
> anyone would notice.
Well, I would really miss it. And most users probably will have noticed so far
that some web-pages that play music in IE, don't seem to work in linux due to
midi support :-(
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