[linux-audio-dev] Guidelines for developing a music editor

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at fuse.net
Sat May 14 22:57:50 UTC 2005

Considering that I am late to this conversation and have failed to
completely read-up on the entire thread, I may end-up sounding completely
redundant. That being said :-), if you are interested in alternate tuning
using kludge MIDI standard, you can do 2 of the following:

1) Get a synth that supports custom tuning and simply remaps default MIDI
note-on/off messages to different pitches (this is less than optimal as it
is far from an universal solution).

2) Get into some of the solutions written that provide you with MIDI score
where one note is played per channel with some amount of pitch-bend applied
to it. I would suggest looking into Christopher Bailey's LISP web-based
script that generates such MIDI scorefiles. For more info please see:


Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ivica Ico Bukvic, composer & multimedia sculptor

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-audio-dev-bounces at music.columbia.edu [mailto:linux-audio-dev-
> bounces at music.columbia.edu] On Behalf Of James McDermott
> Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 6:41 PM
> To: The Linux Audio Developers' Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [linux-audio-dev] Guidelines for developing a music editor
> (I'll answer this as best I can, feel free to correct me where I'm wrong.)
> > In the other thread you kindly provided me with some advice and links,
> > including mentioning the MIDI Tuning Standard and OSC.
> This seems like a very hard problem. Since your sequencer is "just
> that: a sequencer", you'll also need plugin hosts and/or standalone
> synths too, which understand either MIDI tuning or OSC. (One
> OSC-driven plugin host, Om, has been mentioned already). The majority
> of standalone synths and plugins will probably never be able to play
> anything other than a conventional tuning, so that's a problem, unless
> you're happy to write a few of your own.
> (By the way, re VST, some existing synths and/or plugin hosts can host
> VST, but again most VSTs expect MIDI or MIDI-style commands and
> implicitly assume a conventional tuning.)
> I'd love to see a general-purpose OSC sequencer, and I'm sure others
> would too, so keep me informed if you're thinking of taking this
> approach, and maybe I can help out in some way.

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