[Consortium] Where is the quality?

Chris Cannam cannam at all-day-breakfast.com
Tue Jan 27 12:56:04 EST 2004

On Tuesday 27 Jan 2004 5:45 pm, Steve Harris wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2004 at 04:01:32PM +0100, Jonas Seffel wrote:
> > Aren't there any LADSPA softsynths? Would be VERY nice to load up
> > a synth from within Rosegarden/Muse.
> LADSPA softsynths would be a bit wierd - there is no clear way to
> bind LADSPA controls to MIDI control values yet.

And writing a synth as a standalone ALSA sequencer client with JACK 
output is very easy, it's just that there's no way for a sequencer to 
automatically discover what synths are available and what their 
inputs and outputs so as to make them act like they're truly hosted.  
(Or is there? -- can LADCCA or whatever it's called now help there?)  
Also you can't do sample-accurate delivery of synth input events that 
way, if that bothers you.  On the other hand you do get the ability 
to wire your synth into any JACK application and to treat it exactly 
like a hardware synth for any ALSA sequencer application, which is 
not a bad tradeoff.

I'd love to see a some sort of modular synth things that can generate 
independent ALSA sequencer client synths, a la SynthEdit for VST (I 
think -- never actually used that) -- with an easy way of sticking a 
pretty GUI on the front.  And some sort of discovery mechanism 
sequencers can use.


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