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Re: [fluid-dev] macos x questions

From: Fausto Saporito
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] macos x questions
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 15:55:52 +0200

Hi Josh,

thanks a lot for your explanation.
I used the select command in this way: select 1 0 0 0 ... select 2 0 0 0 in order to have, for example :

> channels
chan 0, Acoustic Piano
chan 1, Acoustic Piano
chan 2, Acoustic Piano
chan 3, Acoustic Piano
chan 4, Acoustic Piano
chan 5, Acoustic Piano
chan 6, Acoustic Piano
chan 7, Acoustic Piano
chan 8, Acoustic Piano
chan 9, Acoustic Piano
chan 10, Acoustic Piano
chan 11, Acoustic Piano
chan 12, Acoustic Piano
chan 13, Acoustic Piano
chan 14, Acoustic Piano
chan 15, Acoustic Piano

is there a quickest way to do same?
Maybe a selectall command. sometimes some midi files use "strange" channels, so you need more than 1 channel to play correctly the midi. :-)

just another question, now i am able to run the cvs fluidsynth with midishare and without any error at the startup. I'm quite new to MACOS world, so I tried to use the MIDI interface tool, shipped with MACOS, but i don't know how to configure a midi interface there, and if it's really needed to do that.

Do you know a good midi player for macos x?


Il giorno 20/ago/04, alle 22:28, Josh Green ha scritto:

On Fri, 2004-08-20 at 09:18, Fausto Saporito wrote:
Hello all,

i'm trying to use fluidsynth 1.0.5 under Mac OS X 10.3, but I have a
strange error during at the start:

fluidsynth: error: Couldn't find the requested midi driver
Failed to create the MIDI thread; no MIDI input
will be available. You can access the synthesizer
through the console.
fluidsynth version 1.0.5
Copyright (C) 2000-2002 Peter Hanappe and others.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; see the COPYING file for details.
SoundFont(R) is a registered trademark of E-mu Systems, Inc.

Type 'help' to get information on the shell commands.

I don't know which midi driver I have to use. Basically what I want to
do is to use a midi player that see the fluidsynth as a software synth,
instead to use the internal midi player.

Like Ebrahim Mayat mentioned, you probably want to try MidiShare.

Another question, I tried to see in the online help but i had no
success, how can I assign to all the channels the same soundfont?

I believe when you load a SoundFont into FluidSynth it assigns the same
SoundFont to every channel but selects increasing bank:preset numbers.

MIDI Channel 0: Bank 0, Preset 0
MIDI Channel 1: Bank 0, Preset 1
MIDI Channel 2: Bank 0, Preset 2

If you wanted to select a different bank:preset for a channel you could
use the select command (can also be used to change SoundFonts too):
select chan sfont bank prog (example: select 0 0 0 10 - to set first
MIDI channel to first loaded SoundFont, bank 0, preset 10). Or you could use the 'prog' command if you just want to select a different program in
the current bank of a channel:
prog chan num  (example: prog 0 10)

Not sure if you know it or not, but the help is divided into multiple
sections. Issue "help help" to get a list of help sections. "help event"
for instance will show you MIDI event related commands.

thanks a lot,

Hope that answered your question, please elaborate if you meant
something else. Cheers.
        Josh Green

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