Audacious and MIDI files

Aere Greenway Aere at
Sun Aug 18 21:30:18 UTC 2013

On 08/18/2013 02:39 PM, Leszek Lesner wrote:
> It is basically the same for audacious. It comes with the amidi plugin where
> you can choose either to use alsa as backend (for soundchips with hardware
> synthesizers) or the fluidsynth backend for fluidsynth stuff. You only need to
> set the correct path to the soundfont you want to use. (i.e. FluidR3_GM)
> For those who don't want such a big soundfont you can also get the very small
> but very good (for its size) soundfont TimGM6mb.sf2 from here:

Thanks for the additional info.  I looked a little harder at audacious, 
and with your information, was able to configure it properly so it plays 
MIDI files too.

At first I thought there was a problem, because it would hang whenever I 
tried to play one, but then I noticed I have set up my audacious player 
to use JACK, which was not running at the time. After bringing up 
qjackctl, it worked fine.

The TimGM6mb.sf2 is a good soundfont as well.  I particularly like it 
for its oboe, flute, and trumpet sounds.  The trumpet sound is very 
good, which is rare in the soundfonts I have used (including 
FluidR3_GM).  But its French Horn sound is out-of-tune (to my ear) on 
the notes between middle-C and the G above middle-C.


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