[LAU] Synths (software vs hardware, speed)

Nick Copeland nickycopeland at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 22 17:09:51 EDT 2007

Have you tried starting Qsynth as root rather than as "user"? The failure to set the scheduling params indicates you don't have sufficient permissions and logging in as, or 'su'ing root would at least overcome that issue. Not sure why the program exits though as I did not write it - perhaps it will not start the midi process unless it has rescheduled? Pure conjecture, I carry on regardless although it could be argued that.....
And yes, linux software is rather terse. Its not really written for users. I have submitted a couple of times on how it could be made easier however most linux users seem to equite 'easier' to 'dumbing down', which I disagree with.
Nick.> Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 21:24:24 +0100> From: simon at systemparadox.co.uk> To: linux-audio-user at lists.linuxaudio.org> Subject: Re: [LAU] Synths (software vs hardware, speed)> > Matthias Schönborn wrote:> > On Wednesday 22 August 2007 14:22:41 Simon Williams wrote:> >> I'm now at the point where I can play midi files, and I have a midi> >> keyboard connected and can play sounds to and from that.> >> Timidity is rubbish, frankly, so I'm using fluidsynth, which works fine.> >> However, for some reason I can't get qsynth to work.> > > > What soundcard do you use?> nforce (on an asus mobo).> > > Do you use jack?> Qsynth won't start without it.> > > If so, what settings do you use?> SERVER_PARAMS="-s -d alsa"> DRIVER_PARAMS="-d hw:0 -p 1024"> > That's all I could find- and even those are the defaults. I'm running it > with qjackctl.> > With the default setting (alsa_seq), qsynth gives this:> > 21:14:04.045 Qsynth1: Creating synthesizer engine...> 21:14:05.078 Qsynth1: Creating audio driver (jack)...> 21:14:05.144 Qsynth1: Creating MIDI router (alsa_seq)...> 21:14:05.150 Qsynth1: Creating MIDI driver (alsa_seq)...> 21:14:05.153 Qsynth1: Failed to create the MIDI driver (alsa_seq). No > MIDI input will be available.> JACK tmpdir identified as [/tmp]> fluidsynth: warning: Couldn't set high priority scheduling for the MIDI > input> fluidsynth: warning: Couldn't set high priority scheduling for the MIDI > input> fluidsynth: panic: Couldn't create the midi thread.> > Changing the setting to alsa_raw or oss makes little difference to these > errors. My usual rant when dealing with linux sound issues is about the > total lack of any meaningful errors when something doesn't work.> > I get the impression that qsynth has a major bug- I've posts on other > mailing lists from people with similar problems- fluidsynth works fine, > but qsynth is broken. If anyone can shed some light on this that would > be great.> > Thanks> Simon> _______________________________________________> Linux-audio-user mailing list> Linux-audio-user at lists.linuxaudio.org> http://lists.linuxaudio.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/linux-audio-user
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