KDE Sound and Multimedia Plan

Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas pedro.lopez.cabanillas at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 22:24:39 GMT 2010

On Wednesday 01 December 2010, Ian Monroe wrote:
> >
> > libVLC, and therefore Phonon-VLC play MIDI files (standard smf 0 and 1)
> > if one has the fluidsynth module.
> The other more advanced use cases described by Pedro don't belong in Phonon.

I am also a FluidSynth contributor, and I am well aware that VLC plays MIDI files using it. It is a shame that many Linux distros don't compile VLC including FluidSynth support, even when they offer a FluidSynth package.

BTW, KMid has two optional soft-synth configuration helpers under Linux, for FluidSynth and TiMidity++. The difference with VLC is that KMid outputs MIDI events to any hardware MIDI ports, external synth, or to any soft-synth, and using VLC you depend exclusively on FluidSynth. It is important for us (MIDI users) to be able to use hardware MIDI interfaces supported by the operating systems. This is not a new feature of KMid, it was already able to do so ten years ago.


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