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

From: Zegelin Peter
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Some Questions About FluidSynth MIDI Player
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 05:57:55 +1000

Thanks for the heads up on the licenses Josh.

I must admit reading most of those license makes my eyes glaze over and I can never really figure them out. If I use FluidSynth it would be as a shared library so I think I would be covered (but I'd better have another look). As for making changes and releasing them back to the community that would also be OK.

Yes the MIDI player part of FluidSynth is a bit limiting. From what I can see it wouldn't be possible to move back and forward through the file as the events are stored as a single linked list and thrown away after they are 'played'. I already have my own lists of events so I am mainly looking for a reliable 'pump' to push them through to a synth or external device. Having a cross platform synth is also nice.

Re the clipping - could you tell me which files I should be looking at to see how the mixing etc. works? I have looked a bit and can't really find it.



On 01/10/2008, at 3:18 AM, Josh Green wrote:

Hey Julien,

Just some more clarity on licenses..  First, FluidSynth is under the
LGPL.  Indeed the GPL does not forbid incorporation in a commercial
product, as long as the source code is not linked or included directly
in another program (i.e., it is used as a stand alone application). The
LPGL on the other hand permits linking as a shared library.  At any
rate, I don't think we should turn the FluidSynth list into a discussion on licenses, beyond the scope of FluidSynth ;) As a side note though, I
think originally LinuxSampler had an additional custom clause in its
license that forbid any sort of commercial use (perhaps this is no
longer the case?).  I remember some controversy over this, since that
could indeed also forbid distribution by Linux distribution companies.
Since Benno is a copyright holder of the software, he has the right to
re-license its use, to be used in a commercial application.

Best regards,

On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 18:42 +0200, Julien Claassen wrote:
I think fluidsynth is GPL as well. and if I'm not wrong - having had and heard endless discussions on linux audio users and developers mailinglists -
GPL does not forbid incorporation in a commercial product. that why
LinuxSampler isn't exactly GPL, because Benno Senona has his own commercial product, in which he incorporates LinuxSampler. So this should be no problem.
  Kindest regards

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