dropping kmidi?

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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