[LAU] MIDI with scales *and* soundfonts

Jan Weil jan.weil at web.de
Tue Feb 3 10:53:25 EST 2009

Hi Laura,

On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 10:27:21AM -0500, Laura Conrad wrote:
> I'm trying to set up my USB MIDI keyboard so that it will play through
> a synthesizer with a reasonable harpsichord (or for present purposes,
> lute) sound and also use tuning tables such as the ones from scala for
> meantone tuning.
> Running scala itself on my Ubuntu Intrepid system is problematic, and
> I haven't gotten it to actually make any sounds yet.  Almost
> everything I try hangs without giving me a useful error message.
> I can run qsynth with a .sf2 font from hammersound.com and get a
> pretty good harpsichord sound, but I don't know how to alter the
> tuning.
> I can run zynaddsubfx with a .scl tuning table loaded, but the plucked
> string sounds that come with zynaddsubfx aren't anything like as good
> as the harpsichord soundfonts.
> Has anyone solved anything like this problem? 

I don't think you can adjust fluidsynth's tuning but scala can generate
tuning files for timidity and timidity can be started in ALSA server
mode (-iA).

Should work.

Hope that helps


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