[LAU] Korg M50 anyone hooked this up to linux?

Simon Williams simon at systemparadox.co.uk
Tue Dec 23 20:35:18 EST 2008

gsking1 at gmail.com wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm considering buying the Korg M50 (and to a lesser extent the Yamaha MO8).
> Anyone hook these up to linux via the built in USB. Good / Bad or any other
> issues?
> It also has normal midi in/out which I could use if needed.
> I really don't do much computer midi, but want to keep my options open. 
> I assume
> I might have problems if I try to run the Editor/Librarian (windows/mac)
> software under wine, and am not really concerned with that. I am looking for
> basic midi music recording and playback from linux (rosegarden, 
> qtractor, etc.).

I have the X50. The editor software didn't used to work in wine, but I 
think it does now. Haven't got round to trying it myself yet though.

As for USB Midi- with Linux it just works. You just need the 
snd-usb-audio module in your kernel (almost always autoloaded these 
days). Then it shows up as a standard ALSA midi device. I suggest using 
qjackctl (even if you aren't using jack) to manage these- it's really 
good and makes everything make much more sense.

I never did manage to get Windows MIDI to work properly. From what I can 
  gather their way of connecting things up is just silly.

You won't have any latency issues if you use the USB midi, whereas you 
might if using ordinary midi connections.

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