[LAU] Record / playback MIDI through MIDI <--> USB cable?

Jeanette C. julien at mail.upb.de
Wed Aug 21 07:39:36 CEST 2019

Aug 21 2019, Kevin Cole has written:

> Hi,
> I'm on an Arch Linux system, and now have an old Yamaha PSR-220 (TM)
> "portable keyboard" and an iConnectivity Mio (TM) MIDI to USB cable.
Hi Kevin,
your MIDI cable will also show up with:
aconnect -li
aconnect -lo
respectively. There are graphical tools to list and connect MIDI ports
as well. No idea what the current favourites are. qjackctl might work,
patchage, but I'm almost sure there are smaller/even simpler programs,
if you want them.
The aconnect tool (and others) shows the ALSA sequencer ports. This is a system/API to connect MIDI ports,
both hardware, as your mio cable, and software.

Arch linux offers many MIDI sequencers. ALSA coimes with the very simple
arecordmidi and aplaymidi. A nicer commandline alternative is midish,
which I use. There is more here.

On the graphical side of things there are many. Rosegarden sounds
powerful, as does qtractor. But I don't know much about the graphics.

To get a general idea of MIDI tools on Arch you can try:
pacman -Ss midi

And the same with your favourite AUR manager/installer. e.g.:
trizen -Ss midi

I hope this gives you a good starting point.

Best wishes,


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