Sound and MIDI cards

Sound and MIDI cards

Post by Richard V. Robinso » Sun, 24 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I'm new to linux, and wonder if anybody out there can give me
some pointers to making a (moderately complex?) sound setup work.

I have experience writing programs that exercise MIDI from DOS
and Windows, and now I want to forsake the Microsoft-based world
if I can, without turning my back on my installed hardware.

The hardware is dated, but not obsolete I hope:
  (1)  SoundBlaster 16 soundcard
  (1)  Voyetra (Roland-compatible) MPU-401 Midi card
  (1)  Mitsumi 4X CD drive
  (1)  Toshiba 6X CD drive

Both midi cards are routed to a midi patch bay so that the outboard
synths, samplers, and midi input devices can be used for input and
output in any combination.

I used sndconfig to configure the SB.  Midi files drive the SB's
on-board synth, and can be heard, but the midi signal doesn't get
routed out through the card's external midi lines.  The KDE CD
player toy seems to drive a music CD, but no sound signal comes out.
Kpmg loads .wav and .au files, but again no sound.  I tried to
cat a .wav file to /dev/dsp, with bizarre (noisy, anyway) result.

What I'd like to do is get both CD's so they'll play music, be able
to direct Midi output to channels on any of three destinations, and
create/edit/play sound files in as many formats as possible.  Once
the hardware basics are working, the plan is to port my synth driver
programs and "fractal music workbench" out of the Windows/Microsoft
compiler environment.

Any pointers, tips, criticism, insults, jokes, or other material
related to programming linux for music purposes would be deeply

thanks bunches,
-Richard R-


1. Installing Roland Rap-10 midi card and C-media CM8330 sound card


Have installed Mandrake 9.0 as a first linux install after COMPLETE DUMMY
SPIT after latest win98 crash :(

Very happy with Mandrake so far, only problem is getting sound up and

System is Cyrix PII copy, 98 meg RAM, sony CDROM, 6gig drive with 50% vfat
50% linux partitions

Rap 10 card is in an ISA slot, jumpers set for I/O 240h IRQ 9 joystick port
enabled and stereo input enable for MIC/Line jack.

CM8330 onboard SoundPro set as DISABLED in AmiBios (if Rap 10 removed,
running sndconfig and selecting SB16 manually will get some sound
capability.  Selecting CM8330 results in failed check).

Appreciate any advice as to how to proceed.....

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