Best soundfont-based Linux MIDI software combo for live?

  • jonathanbrickman0000
Posted: Sun, 06/15/2008 - 20:06
Am seeking input concerning the best software set, for using a MIDI keyboard with a laptop as soundfont-based MIDI module, for live keyboard work. Right now I have a Yamaha NP-30 as a keyboard controller and a laptop as soundfont-based module, thusly: Keyhit, Yamaha NP-30 -> Yamaha UB16 MIDI USB2MIDI -> Jack, MIDI side, configured via qjackctl -> qsynth->fluidsynth/SoundFonts -> Jack, Audio side, configured via qjackctl -> ALSA -> Speakers. Now this is all the tone-flexibility I need: I will be making my own soundfont or two eventually, but what I really want right now is a topnotch piano and string-section sound, optionally layered. (I will probably use ZynSubAddFX sometiems, for a few tones, too; it also works well, and similarly.) The above is good, with exceptions: 1. I have to GUI-it-up manually every time. I thought LASH might automate the setup, but it doesn't seem to know about qsynth or fluidsynth. What is the best automation? Do I really have to go all the way to Bash? :-) 2. I need reverb. The qsynth reverb generator is not working, and I don't know why; it appears to be a bug that has been brought up without response in a few forums. Anyone figured it out? If there is a solid alternative to qsynth for soundfonts, ALSA or Jack or both, I do want to know about it. I understand I can add a reverb generator within a Jack patch set; if anyone recommends this approach, I need that too :-) 3. Will I get noticeably better results overall if I go GUI-less? The machine is a 2.5GHz with 1/2G RAM, and CPU usage has happily been shockingly low (I credit the high quality of 64 Studio, it has surprised me many times). This is mostly intended for live work, which may be a factor in favor of GUI, for on-the-fly debugging (and on-stage emergency fixing). I am reasonably good with Linux command-line, but obviously, it is a major shift of focus, and I don't want to do it if GUI is solid enough: if a virtual cable is cut it's fairly easy to understand in GUI, but if I have a pile of audio/MIDI applets needed and just one is malfunctioning, that might be quite a lot harder to diagnose from ps aux ! All experiences very much appreciated. J.E.B.

Thanks! Sorry it took this

  • Subito Piano
  • 01/25/09
  • Thu, 04/16/2009 - 01:58
Thanks! Sorry it took this long to get back, i didn't get a notification that you responded. Also, idk if it's "kosher" to mention other distros, but there's an interesting music distro based on Puppy so it's very light and can easily run live from the CD. If you care to check it out, the announcement and list of related links is [here](http://www.puppylinux.org/downloads/puplets/pupitup-412-music-lab). I kinda figure if it's Linux, we're all in this working together, not competing! ;-)

LIVE!

  • Subito Piano
  • 01/25/09
  • Sun, 01/25/2009 - 19:16
Ooh- this is what i am looking for -- basically using my (cheap) MIDI keyboard plus a laptop to play live. I could not find the thread you spoke of. cinder -- but i want to investigate using the laptop to generate sounds (particularly a B3/Leslie combo, but i can't afford a nice Kurzweil!!). I've done lots of notation and some sequencing, but i know nothing of live synthesis, esp. with Linux. Can you point me more precisely to that thread, and any other primer stuff you know of regarding this? Thanks! :-)

Sound Font Stuff

  • cinder
  • 10/20/08
  • Sun, 02/08/2009 - 14:02
Whoops! Sorry! I gave the wrong URL. The post I meant was here: http://www.64studio.com/node/690 QSynth is a Fluidsynth interface that uses sound fonts. You can create your own soundfonts from your own audio samples with Swami. Debian-Multimedia have a Swami package. http://debian-multimedia.org/ Check out Freewheelin! It's amazing. It has fluidsynth built in(i.e. your own sound fonts) Powerful live audio looping. The home page has some video tutorials that explain the wierd interface. http://freewheeling.sourceforge.net/ The latest version has some cool features that the 64studio package hasn't got. I think Rosegarden can host fluidsynth too. Wikipedia has information on sound fonts. Download free soundfonts here: http://www.hammersound.net/ http://www.hammersound.net/hs_links.html http://www.sf2midi.com/soundfonts/ Aeolus and Bristol make organ sounds. Sample them and effect with LADSPA lesslie plugins. And most importantly check out linuxaudio.org heaps of wierd and wonderful things there! Have fun! Timing is Everything!

LMMS supports sound-font

  • cinder
  • 10/20/08
  • Fri, 01/02/2009 - 05:36
I just replyed to a thread about a VSTi host under this topic " VSTi-Host application for live performance (Do you know one?)" with my blah. So, to briefly recap: visit http://lmms.sourceforge.net/ Timing is Everything!