[PlanetCCRMA] Midiman Oxygen8 on Fedora 9
pjh at coastal.net.au
Wed Jul 9 17:10:53 PDT 2008
On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 07:44 -0400, Ebrahim Mayat wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 12:14 +1000, Peter Howard wrote:
> > My old laptop died and when setting up my new (to me) one I decided to
> > go straight to Fedora 9. Which has been good up to the point I decided
> > to connect my Oxygen8 keyboard. I discovered to my joy that
> > midisport-firmware is now packaged for Fedora so installed it.
> > Interestingly the current version (1.2) doesn't mention the need to
> > provide the actual firmware as the 0.X version did. Anyway I plug in
> > the keyboard and it appears to initialise. But it doesn't appear
> > anywhere. My normal way of connecting it is via the qjackctl "connect"
> > window. But it isn't there.
> Yes, I also have a similar problem with my MIDI interface which I posted to this list previously :
Thanks. This wasn't my problem (read below), but your details got me
out of my "It's stopped working!!!! I DON'T want to have to think about
this!!!!" mindset :-)
> > OTOH, my MIDI is not fully functional. Virtual onboard MIDI works if
> > I
> > route MIDI events between applications e.g. vkeybd --> softsynth or
> > aplaymidi ---> kmidimon. There was also no problem in rendering a MIDI
> > file
> > $ aplaymidi -p 129 MIDIFile.mid (129 = qsynth)
> > BUT...I am unable to trigger MIDI events from my external MIDI
> > controller.
> > I suspect that this is because the driver for my FastLane MIDI
> > interface
> > is now broken on F9. (FastLane works on OS X so it's not the hardware
> > device.) While this problem has been documented before, this MIDI
> > interface has been working flawlessly on FC6, FC7 and FC8. So,
> > something
> > has indeed changed.
> > Long story short...the hardware MIDI device is recognized in F9 when
> > checked using "amidi -l", "dmesg" and "cat /proc/asound/devices".
> > Also see <http://hg.alsa-project.org/alsa-kernel/log?rev=motu>
> > The "Messages" window of qsynth, however, returns the following
> > error:
> > fluidsynth: warning: Could not connect to any physical jack ports;
> > fluidsynth is unconnected
> > All the relevent modules are loaded:
> > # lsmod | grep snd
> > Finally "amidi --dump" does give the following error message:
> > # amidi --dump
> > ALSA lib rawmidi_hw.c:233:(snd_rawmidi_hw_open) open /dev/snd/midiC0D0
> > failed: No such file or directory
> > cannot open port "default": No such file or directory
The fact modules _were_ missing in my list, and the fact that "amidi -l"
crashed, let alone "amidi --dump" confirmed to me that the keyboard
_wasn't_ being initialised. So then I did what I should have done at
the start - cross check the Vendor/ProdID values given out
of /proc/bus/usb/devices against what was
in /etc/udev/rules.d/81-midisport.rules (as provided by the
midisport-firmware RPM). And, lo and behold, the Oxygen8 values weren't
pulling the values out of ye olde midisport_firmware 0.2 (I've confirmed
they're also in the 1.2 you pull directly from sourceforge) and manually
adding them to the rules file solved my problem.
So from that I can answer my own questions (plus some more)
* The old hotplug-based midisport-firmare releases (0.x) don't
work at all with Fedora 9
* It appears that you no longer need to separately supply the
firmware blobs - they're there in the 1.X series of
* The rules file included in the midisport-firmware RPM for F9
lacks most of the devices listed in the upstream package.
> As a short-term (maybe long-term) fix I re-installed the old
> 188.8.131.52-1.rt9.1.fc8rt kernel (with which external MIDI triggering has
> worked flawlessly and still works).
Once it's configured properly, the keyboard is working fine with the
184.108.40.206-1.rt3.2.fc9.ccrmart kernel. Don't know if it's relevant to you
or not, but if you were failing on earlier kernels it's worth a try
(note: as of right now all I've done is play the keyboard - no fiddling
with wheels or controllers - just notes).
Anyway thanks again for getting me thinking in the right direction.
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