[Durham] Getting a MIDITECH keyboard running in Linux (for an idiot please)

David Walland davidwalland at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 3 18:34:20 UTC 2015

Thanks Mark,

As soon as Karin is well again (some kindly soul fed her gluten containing
crumbs with her GF meal at the Hepworth Gallery on Saturday and she's
pretty unwell and will continue to be for at least two weeks) I'll make
time to follow this up further.



On 3 August 2015 at 11:37, mark <mark at aktivix.org> wrote:

> Good morning David,
> David Walland:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I have an elderly Miditech Midistart Pro 42 keyboard that I'm trying to
> be
> > able to play and use to write music from.  I have little interest in
> > anything much more than doing this as I'm not an electronic music whizz.
> >
> > I've got Rosegarden showing that it recognises and accepts data from the
> > keyboard but as yet haven't worked out how to get any sounds out of the
> > speakers or headphones.
> Rosegarden is a good choice if you're more interested in scored music
> and sequencing MIDI instruments than multi-track recording. If you want
> to record, playback and process audio rather than note data, consider
> switching to qtractor or ardour (both of which also support note data
> but are more complicated digital audio workstations).
> > The machine is one of my elderly laptops - a Toshiba Satellite Pro A10
> with
> > 1GB of memory and an 80GB SSD - running 32 bit Xubuntu 12.04 (I don't
> like
> > 14.04 and it's noticeably slower on this machine).
> That hardware is fine for a basic MIDI workstation.
> The first choice you'll need to make is whether you're going to
> disable/remove pulseaudio in order to use jackd. If you want to keep
> things simple, and you already have audio working in ubuntu, and
> rosegarden is seeing your note data from the keyboard, you might want to
> leave jackd alone until you fancy another challenge, although it is the
> audio server of choice if you want low audio latency and flexible routing.
> > I've got Rosegarden, Qsynth, Qjackctl  downloaded from the Ubuntu
> Software
> > Centre.  Any ideas how I go forward from here to get sound out?  Please
> > assume that I'm stupid, slow and ESN in Linux in your explanations, as
> I'm
> > bound to not get it right otherwise.
> Unless you have some dedicated MIDI hardware you need to get your head
> around the concepts of softsynths and samplers. If you want to use
> qsynth, which is a sampler, you'll need to load some sample data. There
> are instructions how to use qsynth with rosegarden without jackd here:
> http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/wiki/using_rosegarden_with_qsynth_look_ma_no_jackd
> Good luck!
> Mark
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