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Re: [fluid-dev] Sending commands for fast renderer

From: Dave Serls
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Sending commands for fast renderer
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:46:40 -0700

On Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:02:25 +1100
Matt Giuca <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Edenyard <address@hidden> wrote:
> >
> > Speaking as a complete non-programmer, but an avid user of Fluidsynth,
> > please may I add my support for Matt's suggestion of a settings file.
> >
> > This seems to be the way that most things are configured in Linux. I
> > imagine that the idea is to have a file called fluidsynth.conf or suchlike,
> > which would contain lines like 'Gain=2', 'Chorus=Off', etc.
> >
> > To my mind, that's the most desirable solution to the problem of settings,
> > especially these elusive reverb ones. It was I who prompted the discussion
> > (back in March of this year) about adjusting reverb on a running Fluidsynth
> > by using a server mode. Without doubt, particularly for simpletons like me,
> > a '.conf' file that is read when Fluidsynth starts would be eminently
> > preferable.
> >
> Hi Gerald,
> This isn't what I had in mind when I said "settings" (I meant that you
> could pass a file as a command-line switch). But I agree, it would also be
> good to have a more permanent settings (conf) file when FluidSynth starts.
> Wasn't there some talk about this awhile ago? Ah! It was (I think Pedro)
> talking about having a soundfont file that could load automatically so we
> wouldn't have to specify it on the command line.
> So here's my list of what we're looking at adding now. Would the main devs
> (David, Pedro) agree that something along these lines is a good direction
> for FS to go in:
> First, I use the word "settings" as a formal term to describe the things
> which FluidSynth lets you change with the "set" command (such as
> "synth.gain").
> 1. Make it possible to do all the things you can do in the interactive
> shell (or TCP shell) with settings. For example, add settings for
> "synth.reverb.roomsize" and "synth.chorus.level".
> 2. Also make it possible to specify a soundfont in the settings (maybe this
> is too hard, given that the API for loading soundfonts is quite different
> to that for changing settings).
> 3. Define a file format (a simple text file with key=value pairs and #
> comments would suffice), the "FluidSynth config format", for defining
> FluidSynth settings. If #2 is too hard, maybe make a special rule in this
> config format for specifying a soundfont (rather than making it a setting).
> 4. Have FluidSynth look in some standard places for the config file
> (/etc/fluidsynth/fluidsynth.conf;
> $HOME/.local/share/fluidsynth/fluidsynth.conf).
> 5. Allow the config file to be overridden by a command-line switch --config
> <file-path>.
> These 5 things would enable the following possibilities which aren't
> currently available:
>    - Setting reverb and chorus settings on the command-line for all modes
>    of operation. (My original requirement.)
>    - Permanently customising FluidSynth to your needs without requiring
>    command-line switches.
>    - Permanently setting a preferred soundfont to avoid having to specify
>    it on the command-line every time.
>    - Allowing FluidSynth distro package maintainers to set up a default
>    soundfont, so new users don't need to know what a soundfont is to use FS.
> For the record, here is my FluidSynth command-line that I use to set up a
> MIDI server for Rosegarden:
> $ fluidsynth -apulseaudio -ls /usr/share/sounds/sf2/Fluid_GM3.sf2
> And here is my FluidSynth command-line that I use to play a MIDI file:
> $ fluidsynth -apulseaudio -lni /usr/share/sounds/sf2/Fluid_GM3.sf2
> <midifile>
> Ideally, it would be much more usable if all I had to do was this to run a
> FluidSynth MIDI server that Rosegarden can use:
> $ fluidsynth
> and to play a MIDI file:
> $ fluidsynth <midifile>
> The above changes would go a long way (not all the way) towards making that
> a reality.
> -----
> Update: I have just realised (before sending this message) that FluidSynth
> has a command:
>        -f, --load-config
>               Load command configuration file (shell commands)
> I haven't tried it, but it seems to be exactly what I was looking for in
> the first place (it would hopefully let me set reverb in conjunction with
> -F). I guess I'm an idiot for not noticing that earlier! Still, I think the
> above would be a helpful addition.

   Doesn't the -f option allow one to indicate a file containing shell commands,
   including reverb/chorus control?  Sorry if I am missing that part of the 

> Matt

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