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Saturday, March 31st 2007, 8:20pm

Synthesized sound (MIDI) does not play

Not sure if this is strictly KDE, but my system can't play any MIDIs. I've tried them with all kinds of players, including KMid - all to no avail.

I'm using ALSA as the sound system.
The MIDI Device shows up in the control panel as "Midi Through Midi Though Port-0 - ALSA device". "Use MIDI mapper" is unchecked.
All other sounds (non-synthesized) work just fine.

Any help appreciated!

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Fry-kun" (Mar 31st 2007, 8:22pm)


Monday, July 2nd 2007, 7:04am

RE: Synthesized sound (MIDI) does not play

It seems like alsa could not find a hardware synthesizer (or your sound card does not have one - which is precisely my case)...
you may want a software synthesizer, try , it can be configured as a MIDI output device for ALSA (check the documentation)...
Timidity needs a soundfont to produce the actual sound, google for this, "The atomic soundfont" works fine for me...


Monday, July 2nd 2007, 5:51pm

RE: Synthesized sound (MIDI) does not play

Umm... I was under the impression that all modern sound cards have a hardware synthesizer...

I have an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum - a fairly high-end card.
Oh, it has specs on - which clearly state it has a hardware synthesizer...

Do I need something extra to make it work? Shouldn't ALSA "just work" with it?


Wednesday, July 4th 2007, 11:54am

RE: Synthesized sound (MIDI) does not play

oh... in that case i have no further information that may be of use...
so sorry...