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Using a2jmidid to Re-Route ALSA MIDI

As I created a larger setup I discovered that my MIDI connections were becoming complicated. Some programs support ALSA MIDI, some support JACK MIDI, and some support both. My MIDI controller hardware is only supported by ALSA. My version of

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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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No MIDI Devices!

I recently got an unpleasant surprise when I tried to connect the input from a MIDI keyboard. I have a MIDI interface on my sound card plus a USB keyboard, so I was expecting to see something like the following

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MIDI Monitors

MIDI monitor software is used to view the flow of MIDI data. This article describes a few of the MIDI monitor programs I’ve tried. amidi I found that I had a simple monitor available by using the command amidi that

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Timidity++

Timidity++ is a MIDI file player (remember MIDI files?). I installed Timidity++ version 2.14.0 primarily to support another program but then got interested in using it directly. I used it to play some of the MIDI files from my collection,

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