[LAU] hypothetical question

Robert Vogel vogelrl at gmx.com
Sun Mar 8 04:55:50 CET 2020

Thanks for your reply Jeanette.

Although I am an ardent Free Software Supporter, I would actually buy
the product that I just described.

Are there any commercial products that would qualify ?

Seems to me that combining some of the already available applications
might do the job.

Which ones would you recommend ?

Best Regards,


On 3/7/20 6:15 PM, Jeanette C. wrote:
> Mar 7 2020, Robert Vogel has written:
> ...
>> So, my dream is to be able to use a very basic weighted keyboard,
>> connected to free software that is at least as capable as the Yamaha.
>> Mainly, I use it as a conventional keyboard instrument with many voices,
>> but also playback midi files for accompaniment, so I feel like i am with
>> a small jazz group.
> ...
> I'm thinking of plugin hosts, application launchers and automatic MIDI
> connections. There is Claudia and Katia (not sure about the spelling of
> the latter), with those you can create a "studio", which will
> automatically connect and route a lot of MIDI. I don't know if they can
> also start applications for you.
> But then there is something like Carla, which can host plugins and
> possibly start a few standalone applications.
> I've seen those working to connect several keyboards to several software
> synthesizers.
> As for synthesizers - both standalone and in plugin format - there are
> many with varying features. LinuxSampler and fluidsynth for classic
> sample-based libraries, Hydrogen or drumgizmo for acoustic and
> electronic drums, there are more virtual analogue synths than you might
> possibly know and then a few other quite particular things.
> If you're not particular about opensource, you can also load a few
> commercial softsynths as well, which might open up another palette of
> choice.
> Will all that "be as good as the Motif"? It depends. :) In some ways
> definitely, in others maybe not really. Sample libraries are an issue.
> The really nice ones with lots of articulations, round-robins and all
> the other tricks to make a sampled instrument sound realistic, take time
> and effort to make. I haven't found any such library for LinuxSampler,
> when it comes to orchestral instruments, guitars or vocals.
> I'm not a member of the graphical world in Linux, I'm sure other users
> might suggest a few newer more comfortable synthesizers and other hosts
> and connection managers.
> ...
>> I think Musescore would be a good start.
> ...
> Caveat: no GUI user. Last thing I knew MuseScore was particularly the
> scoring/composition part of the whole Muse project. Though, I might be
> years out of date. Muse itself had its own plugin format and a few
> plugins. Not sure how much this has developed nor how well maintained
> the plugins are.
> HTH.
> Best wishes,
> Jeanette

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