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MIDI / SoftOSS / SB Live?

Postby Guest » Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:38 am

Is SoftOSS available in the Freeware distribution? I have a Soundblaster Live! 5.1, and I see that under "limitations" the EMU's on-board wavetable is not yet supported. I was hoping to use SoftOSS or something similar to play MIDI. The instructions on the site said to pick the "4Front SoftOSS for xxx" driver, but that is not available to me. I have 3.99.1i according to my .version file.
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Re: MIDI / SoftOSS / SB Live?

Postby dev » Fri Feb 11, 2005 5:28 am

Anonymous wrote:Is SoftOSS available in the Freeware distribution? I have a Soundblaster Live! 5.1, and I see that under "limitations" the EMU's on-board wavetable is not yet supported. I was hoping to use SoftOSS or something similar to play MIDI. The instructions on the site said to pick the "4Front SoftOSS for xxx" driver, but that is not available to me. I have 3.99.1i according to my .version file.


SoftOSS is now automatically configured if you have 3.99.1i (upgrade to 3.99.2b) and then just install the patch files on the Softoss page in
/usr/local/lib/midia/instruments and use mplay to play MIDI via sblive.

Timdiity is a very good softsynth - perhaps better sounding than the EMU8K synth (Just my personal opinion)

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Postby Guest » Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:32 pm

I have a hard time believing that, at least for me, SoftOSS installed by default. I upgraded to 3.99.2b as you can see, but I still have no synth devices. As I said, there's no "SoftOSS" driver available to me when I try to add it using soundconf. I have no /dev/music or /dev/sequencer's. I have a sequencer2, but it's just a symlink to music (which doesn't exist). What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.

----------------/dev/sndstat-----------------
OSS/FreeBSD 3.99.2b (C) 4Front Technologies 1996-2004

License serial number: E00000008
**** UNREGISTERED VERSION ****

Drivers: ALL
License will expire after: 04/2005


*** Unregistered version ***

Build: 200502111326
Kernel: FreeBSD 5.3-STABLE #1: Wed Feb 9 11:25:15 EST 2005
cwells@goldstar.localhost:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/goldstar


Card config:
Sound Blaster Live at 0xd800 irq 22

Audio devices:
0: SB Live (DUPLEX)
1: SB Live playback 1 (front)
2: SB Live playback 2 (surround)
3: SB Live playback 3 (center/lfe)
4: SB Live playback 4
5: SB Live playback 5
6: SB Live playback 6
7: SB Live playback 7
8: SB Live 5.1 output device

Synth devices:

Midi devices:
0: SB Live external MIDI

Mixers:
0: SB Live (EM28028)

History:
dsp0: pid 49480 cmd 'ld10k' IN OUT
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Postby dev » Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:18 pm

Anonymous wrote:I have a hard time believing that, at least for me, SoftOSS installed by default. I upgraded to 3.99.2b as you can see, but I still have no synth devices. As I said, there's no "SoftOSS" driver available to me when I try to add it using soundconf. I have no /dev/music or /dev/sequencer's. I have a sequencer2, but it's just a symlink to music (which doesn't exist). What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.



OK on the SBLive you need to manually add the 4Front Virtual Mixer
(use soundconf->select Add a soundcard). On all other devices Virtual
Mixer gets configured automatically and you get the softsynth.

On SBLive you don't need virtual mixing because SBLive can do hardware mixing and does the same things as softoss.


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Postby Guest » Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:06 pm

OK, once I added that device it installed SoftOSS which is now working like a charm. However, isn't it true that OpenSound doesn't yet support on-board MIDI with the SBLive? That is, saying the SBLive "does the same things as softoss" is true, except that it's not yet supported?
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Postby dev » Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:08 pm

Anonymous wrote:OK, once I added that device it installed SoftOSS which is now working like a charm. However, isn't it true that OpenSound doesn't yet support on-board MIDI with the SBLive? That is, saying the SBLive "does the same things as softoss" is true, except that it's not yet supported?


Yes we haven't had the time yet to implement the SBLive's hardware midi synth - just too much work and too little time. But it's been on our plate since 2000 to implement SBLive wavetable synth support.



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