[LAD] platform choices, jack for sequencing?

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Nov 14 04:20:07 UTC 2011

> Thanks everyone for all the help on my architecture questions. It seems
> like a lot of the best practise functionality has tools/components for it
> already in Jack. I *was* planning on using rtaudio in order to be cross
> platform, but if it's a lot easier to get things done in Jack, i could
> live
> with being limited to linux and OS X.

Jack2 runs on windows too. Just that it hasn't seen as much adoption as
most of us round here refuse to work with MS tech unless paid a lot of
money to do so. Some of us just refuse outright. But Stephan and his team
have put in a lot of effort to make it work on MS platforms.

> Just wondered if I could poll opinions, for a real time step sequencer
> meant to do super tight timing and by syncable with other apps, is Jack
> going to be a lot easier to work with? Should I just lay into the jack
> tutorials?

It doesn't take long to get a jack app up and running. Its the front end
that will consume the vast majority of your time.

> And is it straightforward to use the perry cook stk in a jack app?


Several options can be supplied to the configure script to customize the
build behavior:

--disable-realtime to only compile generic non-realtime classes
--enable-debug to enable various debug output
--with-alsa to choose native ALSA API support (default, linux only)
--with-oss to choose native OSS audio API support (linux only, no native
OSS MIDI support)
--with-jack to choose native JACK API support (linux and Macintosh OS-X)
--with-core to choose Core Audio API support (Macintosh OS-X)

> thanks everyone
> iain
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Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd

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