[PlanetCCRMA] Re: Starting fluidsynth

Timo Sivula timo.sivula@luukku.com
Sun Jan 18 22:08:02 2004

> On Mon, 2004-01-19 at 10:59, Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
> > > >   fluidsynth -a alsa -m alsa_seq SOUNDFONTFILENAME

Sorry for the trivial no value add question, but I would need some advice and I could not find a FAQ on Fluidsynth on the net. I have a midi keyboard, a SB64PCI card and RH9 running on a 2 GHz Celeron.

Fluidsynth works nicely by starting first qjackctl and then fluidsynth. Using the "connect" window I then connect the audio output from fluidsynth to alsa_pcm and the output from the soundcard midi to fluidsynth input. (Nando's command line above does not yet work for me) So far so good. 

1) I would like to automate the setup above with a script. Can the above connecting and starting up be done on the command line? If it can, could someone send an example of how to do it? I would like to make a script that I can activate by clicking it to bring the whole thing up in one go.

2) Is it possible to switch between loaded soundfonts in fluidsynth using the midi keyboard controls? I understand that soundfonts come arranged in banks and presets, and I can switch between these using the bank select and program keys on my midi keyboard. How about changing loaded soundfonts? If I have 4 soundfonts loaded, how do I change the active soundfont from the midi keyboard?

3) Is there a way to make a GM "digest" soundfont out of a number of soundfonts? I have done most of my music on a GM soundset and would now like to create my "perfect" GM soundbank by selecting the best of the best sounds from the soundfonts I have downloaded. E.g. take the grand piano from one soundfont, organ from another, and strings from a third etc etc. I would then like to save this as "Timo's best.sf2" and use this to play my old compositions without having to rearrange all old midis to find the right instruments. How do I do this? 

br, Timo

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