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Re: [fluid-dev] Some Questions About FluidSynth MIDI Player

From: Julien Claassen
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Some Questions About FluidSynth MIDI Player
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:30:13 +0200 (CEST)

I don't know too much about fluidsynth's inner workings. But this: fluidsynth is mainly intended for live playing or simple midifile playback. Surely you could fool around, if you know bit about programming and MIDI, but I'm not sure, if that's what you want. I have - on more than one occasion - noticed, that fluidsynth's MIDI-file-player is very CPU-hungry. The crackle and stutter. If you need a good midifile-player, take a look at timidity. It can also play soundfonts, but in addition GUS-patches (its original format), it can pass midi thourhg to another MIDI output, it sets controllers correctly, you can start/stop rewind/forward. It also supports JACK, ALSA and a few other audio outputs. I think that timidity should work with OSX, I've definitely heard of Linux, other Unices and windows. Well OSX is a kind of Unix today. Drawback is: I think timidity's builtin reverb is not as nice as fluidstynth's. But you can turn it off.
  I hope it helps, although it answers in a completely different direction.
  Kindest regards

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