[linux-audio-user] MIDI keyboard recommendations?

michael at michaelshiloh.com michael at michaelshiloh.com
Thu May 12 14:49:14 EDT 2005

Hi Jon,

I'm in the same boat - if anyone replies to you privately, could you
copy me the answer?


On Thu, 12 May 2005, October wrote:

> Hi all!  New to the list!
> I am a music lover but know nothing about actual
> "music".  I know computers and have been in linux for
> several years (Mepis debian for the last year and a
> half) and I have a relatively powerful desktop with an
> SB Live! Platinum that features MIDI in/out in the
> "live drive" portion.
> I'm searching ebay for good deals on a hobby level
> keyboard that will allow me to explore my musical
> ideas as well as provide a decent learning enviroment
> with which to actually *learn* how to "play" (should I
> find the time and ambition).
> Some of the google searchs I've read seem to be of the
> opinion that USB MIDI under linux is not yet ready for
> prime time.  Would my live drive (with MIDI ports)
> suffice if this is the case?  Should I be looking at
> add-on cards?
> What might be a good choice for a first MIDI keyboard
> on a hobby budget and what sort of flaming hoops can I
> expect to jump through in regards to getting drivers
> and such in place?
> I've been considering some of the Edirol products.
> Will all the extra knobs and sliders be useful under
> linux or this a waste of money?
> Any and all recommendations would be gladly
> appreciated!
> Thanks in advance,
> Jon Hoskins
> Washington State, USA

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