[PlanetCCRMA] midi

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Mon Aug 25 09:51:01 2003

> My onboard sound is a SiS 7012, an AC97 using the i810 driver.  The
> only i810 documentation seems to be for a graphics card I don't have.
> Only by installing the kernel sources did I discover the 'no midi'
> comment at the head of the file.  Strike 1.

Hmmm, do you have a MIDI/gameport connector in the motherboard? The
kernel sources will only tell you of what the OSS driver can do, not
what ALSA will (not that it necessarily will support MIDI for that

> The other sound alternative I have on hand is a PCI card, Turtle Beach
> Montego, which uses an Aureal Vortex 8820 and came with my previous
> machine.  This works works fine under FreeBSD for playing CDs, but
> there seem to be no drivers for Linux.  Strike 2.

Sorry, no experience with that card...

> Does anybody use either of these cards successfully with midi on the
> Planet?
> If I am stuck with buying yet another sound card, what is a reasonably
> cheap suggestion with midi working in both hardware and software?

A Soundblaster 128 can be had for around $20 or less and it works fine
for both audio and midi i/o. You will also need a MIDI adapter cable for
the card (it does not come with one). 

-- Fernando