[linux-audio-user] midi timing problems

James Stone stone1 at btinternet.com
Sat Nov 15 12:12:45 EST 2003

On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 09:13:58PM +0000, James Stone wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> I have a problem with midi timing.. I think I have set up enhanced rtc
> correctly and low latency patch on kernel 2.4.20.
> When I drive hydrogen (or even the inbuilt soundfont player on my
> SBLive) with seq24 or ardour, there is a noticable variation in midi
> timing. This was tested by using a run of closed hihats. When I play the
> sequence back, the hihats are grouped in batches rather than being
> evenly spaced. This was noticable when running as root and when using
> alsa and (to a lesser extent) jack. The midi connection is via alsa.
> Any hints on what I should do?
> James

Just to reply to myself,

I solved the problem:

I needed to install the snd-rtctimer for alsa. This required a patch to
the kernel RTC (patch included with ALSA but also needed a tweak. see:



After that, snd-rtctimer built okay. Then I added the following to

options snd-timer snd_timer_limit=2
options snd-seq snd_seq_default_timer_resolution=2000 snd_seq_default_timer=1
options snd-rtctimer rtctimer_freq=2048
alias snd-timer-1 snd-rtctimer

Now, midi timing is sorted (at least for muse when running as root so it
can access the RTC.. seq24 doesn't seem to be quite there yet in my


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