[LAD] making sense of Jack MIDI; or, is this an appropriate use for Jack?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Sat Feb 16 19:31:15 UTC 2013

On Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:13:33 +0100, Paul Davis  
<paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
> There are other use cases for MIDI that don't involve soft synths, or  
> even don't involve music at all. What I find laughable is the arrogance  
> of pretending that everybody fits a single use case.

I didn't follow this thread, I randomly read this. While MIDI can be used  
as an interface for non-music-things, jackd is an application for music  
usage. There are many issues with MIDI and I hope coders for music  
applications focus to optimize music application's MIDI for music usage  
and nothing else.

If you like to use MIDI as a serial interface for something else, then I  
won't call it MIDI, but RS foo. You for sure won't take care about the  
MIDI protocol, e.g. running status, active sensing, _normal_ data vs SysEx  
etc., pp., but this is MIDI for and music software can't take care about  
other serial interface use cases.

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