Re: Debian policy on multimedia ?
On Sunday 15 January 2006 23:28, Junichi Uekawa was like:
> > > Considering MIDI, a pre-requirement of MIDI keyboard with ALSA
> > > configured is more than what most casual users would want. Most people
> > > would probably have a requirement of a playback of MIDI instrument,
> > > and probably a leap to a virtual MIDI keyboard before jumping into
> > > buying a full MIDI I/O setup.
> > Practically every keyboard manufactured since 198? has a MIDI port -
> > buying a full MIDI I/O set-up involves buying a connector cable in most
> > cases. At present most gameport type connections require adding
> > snd-seq-midi to /etc/modules, most cards use port 0x330 for this. I am
> > pre-supposing the use of ALSA here, however the only reasons for not
> > auto-configuring MIDI would be that it conflicts with other possible
> > set-ups. I think many more casual users would use MIDI if it didn't seem
> > awkward to set up.
> I usually don't have a MIDI keyboard around me, and I'm using software
> synthesizers. I have an impression that the software synthesizing defaults
> most applications -- timidity
> KDE applications (noteedit/kguitar) -- tse
> My thinking in the MIDI area was that it would be nice if Debian could
> provide an infrastructure so that default software synthesizer can be
> Also, MIDI virtual keyboard input is nontrivial. I don't really know
> of how people actually do it.
> and /me notices that there is vkeybd package, however it's not obvious how
> I can set it up so that it can make sound through
OK, I understand your point more clearly.
I'm a little short on brain space today, so this is going to be mercifully
There are various issues coming up, we can broadly divide them into internal
software MIDI and interaction with external hardware MIDI devices. We need:
an infrastructure so that default software synthesizer can be configured.
a user-friendly way of configuring vkeybd
proper working support for snd-virmidi
Out of the box support for external MIDI devices and autoconfiguration of
external MIDI port.
I shall have to look at the alternatives system and see if it provides for a
sensible-MIDI-player default. Hmm, let me guess ...
What do we need to clarify here?