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Hydrogen – Using MIDI Controllers

I’m interested in using buttons on a MIDI controller unit to select patterns in the Hydrogen drum machine software. The process turned out to be fairly straightforward. First, I defined a row of nine buttons on my MIDI controller (a

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AlsaModularSynth – Using MIDI Controllers

I’m interested in using MIDI controllers to control AlsaModularSynth (AMS) instruments. I found that setting up the controller bindings was easy. First, I launched AMS with my desired instrument and connected my controller unit to the AMS MIDI input. I

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mda ePiano (LV2 Version)

Back in the 20th century, plugins from Maxim Digital Audio (mda) were among the early VST plugins available for Windows. They have a reputation for being high quality with low CPU usage. Several years ago the source code for these

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Multi-Way Switching in AlsaModularSynth

While creating a patch in AlsaModularSynth I ran into an interesting challenge. I wanted to add a three-way waveform switch (so that I could select the waveform with an external MIDI controller) but I didn’t see an obvious way to

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Using ZynAddSubFX Without the GUI

I recently discovered how to run the ZynAddSubFX engine from the command line without displaying its GUI. I think this will be useful when I want to use a specific instrument that I don’t need to edit. First, I launched

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LV2 Presets

LV2 plugins support individual presets and banks containing multiple presets. This article describes what I’ve learned about using and creating LV2 presets. Using LV2 Presets Selecting a preset is obvious in jalv.gtk and in Ardour. It’s not so obvious in

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Obxd Preset Bank

When I wrote about the Obxd synthesizer back in June I noted that I was in the process of re-creating some of the presets from the Windows version. The presets are now available here, as a bank containing 27 presets

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