[linux-audio-user] audio/video player for theatre use anyone?

Thorsten Wilms t_w_ at freenet.de
Sat Mar 3 04:14:42 EST 2007

On Fri, Mar 02, 2007 at 07:09:56PM -0500, Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> >
> >Can't you extend an existing app rather than starting a new project?
> >I know that Ardour has been used for sound installations, how are the
> >requirements of a theater different? 
> Was looking at it, but at this time I am not sure Ardour is the best 
> choice.  Plus I gotta refresh my coding at the same time as its been a 
> while, ardour is not what I like to jump in on;)

Recently there was some talk on #ardour regarding Ableton Live like 
features. Seems to me there could be quite some overlap between 
such loop-triggering and a theater sound playback system.

Roughly we would need transport on a per track (and groups of tracks)
basis (transport scopes). That might require deep changes, but wouldn't 
be too hard on the gui/interaction side.

> But then the question is, from a standpoint of accepting there is 
> limited time for people to spend on these things, which is going to 
> create a better product for it, one that is dedicated to a single use, 
> or one that is modified for multiple uses?

Wouldn't there be a tremendous benefit from Ardour's existing features, 
full fledged arranging, cutting, automation?

Not strictly for a theater system, but:
I could also imagine a central 'hardware controler input mapping' 
application that allows to map events from MIDI/keyboard/mouse/joystick 
/tablet to every action other apps expose. So you could for example map 
an octave of your MIDI keyboard to a loop-player but the rest to a  
softsynth. Such a beast should support jack transport for being able 
to delay action until the next bar/beat for loop-syncing :)

Thorsten Wilms

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