Saturday Jun 02, 2007
USB Uno MIDI interface
A couple of weeks ago I bought a USB MIDI interface, one that is supported under Linux, of course.
It is the Midisport Uno
by M-Audio. Finally I can play my favourite MIDI files on my digital
piano (again) as well as record my playing with a sequencer using my laptop.
Although it took me some time to get the Uno working under Linux, I am
now immensely happy with it, since I normally never use Windows and I
have Rosegarden to my avail. What an incredibly nice and feature rich open source MIDI program. The only scarce resource left now is my time!
Then I plugged in the Uno while simultaneously watching "
Jun 2 22:03:49 achilles usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
Great, as it should be! However, I got disappointed when I tried to play my first (Scriabin) MIDI file:
bash% playmidi -e scriabn1.mid
Actually, I still don't know what is wrong here. The mysterious action here is to start Rosegarden now. Rosegarden spits out a lot of info when starting up, but look at this:
CREATED OUTPUT PORT 3:out 1 - MIDI external device for device 0
Rosegarden does not only seem to be happy, it is happy, as I can record and play! And as a bonus, as soon as Rosegarden has been started (it may be stopped anytime thereafter),
System timer is only 250Hz, sending a warning
When solved I'll post a follow-up. And for now, while I'm writing this post, my digital piano plays music form The Pianist, a package with over 600 recorded classical piano pieces that I bought once, but no longer seems to be available. I know this, because the CD with the software on it became unreadable, and I wanted to reoder it.
So how did I manage to recover it? Luckily, when I threw out my old PC, I kept the hard disks, although a 4 and 2 Gig hard disk are rather useless these days. So I went to the store and bought a housing for an external USB hard disk, and put in my old hard drive. Luckily, I could recover the pianist without much effort! And now I'm such a happy man, listening to these magnificent recordings of all these incredibly beautiful compositions. If it wasn't for the copyrights, I would share all of them from my home page!