[LAU] [ANN] Minicomputer 1.0 softwaresynthesizer released

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Sat Feb 23 18:09:27 EST 2008

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 11:44:01PM +0100, Malte Steiner wrote:
> Jamie Bullock wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-02-21 at 23:57 +0100, Malte Steiner wrote:
> >> Hi
> >>
> >>  >because the text is barely readable. The typeface is too small
> >>
> >> does it on your computer looked different as the screenshot?
> >>
> >> http://minicomputer.sourceforge.net/guiFullscreen.gif
> > 
> > Yes, it is different to that, see:
> > 
> > http://www.postlude.co.uk/incoming/Screenshot-miniEditor.png
> wow, how does that happen, lol, it looks reverse in parts.
> Now I start to understand your problems. So it seems that Arnolds wish 
> for customizing the colors is inherently in the FLTK toolkit and YES 
> there it is indeed, tell you a secret, something I wanted to get rid of 
> it but maybe a workaround till I got some time for a maintenance 
> release: you can customize the editor, I accidently discoverd it when I 
> started the editor with garbage as parameters, and forgot soon after:
> options are:
>   -bg2 color
>   -bg color
>   -di[splay] host:n.n
>   -dn[d]
>   -fg color
>   -g[eometry] WxH+X+Y
>   -i[conic]
>   -k[bd]
>   -na[me] classname
>   -nod[nd]
>   -nok[bd]
>   -not[ooltips]
>   -s[cheme] scheme
>   -ti[tle] windowtitle
>   -to[oltips]
> try starting the editor
> like this
> ./miniEditor -bg grey -fg black
> this should bring you closer to my vision (pun intended)

This is a very cool synth!

It looks to me like the GUI communicates with the synth-engine using OSC.

If that's true, then someone who does not like the layout or look of the original GUI could build their own completely custom GUI for it!

The Khagan tool for doing this uses GTK and GTK themes. Or someone who prefers PureData or Ingen could probably control it with those too.

If I were to use it live, I'd probably not use the GUI at all, and instead use my little python script that translates MIDI CC's to OSC messages, so I can use the buttons and knobs on my Novation to control it.


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