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Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:56 pm
by moonskin
Here is my latest experiment - one I'm feeling very happy with :D

Puppy Linux: ubuntu precise compatible, upup_precise_5.3.3.3, 3.3.3 kernel
Jack Audio connection kit
Jack Timemachine recorder
Qsynth/Fluidsynth
Wurlitzer (John Tay) soundfont for first 16 channels (ie 216 minus sleighbells) (QSynth1)
Miditzer260SP soundfont for the rest (Qsynth2)
Jconvolver with Zipper Hall impulse for reverb

PLUS all FOUR Miditzer Styles preconfigured.

Iso file is a 340Mb download
MZx4.jpg
USING THIS PUPPY
Once you have booted, go to the menu (task bar pops up or Rt-click on desktop) and start QJackctl from the multimedia menu. This starts Jack, Qsynth and jconvolver. They minimise themselves.

ONLY THEN
Start your Miditzer of choice from the desktop (Single click only in puppy)

Close Miditzer before you start another (no need to restart Jack unless you reboot)

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CAVEATS:
This puppy is still considered experimental so YMMV.

ROX filemanager works differently to Windows.

Linux Audio can be tricky to set up :roll:

If you start Miditzer without having started Jack, you risk overwriting your configuration file. If you open Miditzer first, DON'T CLOSE it - drag Miditzer to the bottom of the screen, open the menu and find LXtask in the system config menu and open it. Rt-click on the Miditzer entry, choose kill and confirm. If something goes wrong, there are copies of the XML config files in the MZDocs folder. Copy the one you need into the home (root) folder.

To copy in puppy, open two filemanager windows (click file icon twice), navigate one window to MZdocs and drag the XML file you want to the other window. Choose "copy" from the popup menu and then "yes" to overwrite.

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The puppy installer is available. So is the Bootflash utility that will make a USB flash drive bootable and install puppy onto it.

The iso file will be available later today when I have bandwidth to upload it. I'll post the link when I've done that. Remember, this is an experiment so no guarantees etc.

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:29 pm
by greenfox
Again fascinating experiments Graham.

I love the desktop!

I will be interested to give it a run when you have it up.

Regards
Rick

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:41 pm
by moonskin
greenfox wrote:I love the desktop!
I'm sure there will be some folk here who are very familiar with it. Wait and see. :D

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:20 am
by moonskin
Ok...
Link is http://vtpo.ravenhawk.net.au/miditzer/M ... .3.3.3.iso

Coupla minor changes.

The desktop now has a "Start Blower" icon that actually starts Jack etc.

Chrysoglott on the 260SP now comes from QSynth2 so it an be a vibraphone as well.

If you want to start Jack automatically after booting, open "file" to the root folder and drag the "Jack.desktop" into the "Startup" folder.

As I mentioned in another thread, if you have an Intel Mac, the CD should boot it and run this puppy.

The other thing to remember is Puppy saves any changes you make when you shut it down. It creates a pup_save file containing your changes. As long as this file is available (eg on USB drive) when you boot, puppy finds it and merges your changes into the CD image in RAM.

BTW When puppy has finished booting, it lets you know your sound is working by barking at you. Woof Woof! :lol:

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:23 am
by johnh
Graham,
What is the file size on the download? Just want to make sure I got it all. Thanks.

---john.

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:37 am
by moonskin
Hi John

355,823,616 bytes md5 = 5f4ce80d9c809d8e9db9c8b5c58191b5

I'm going to upload another tonight that is slightly smaller because I think the upload died and the slightly older (by several hours) stayed there instead. It still works but I think the blower is missing and the errors are still there. :(

The newer one will be 350,013,440b md5 = 157344b0263a44c3516bb97f8ef20994

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:25 pm
by moonskin

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:07 am
by moonskin
Just a little bug note.

You need to wait about 10sec between closing one version of Miditzer and starting another. It seems that Wineserver does not stop immediately but a few seconds later. This means it still hogs the ALSA MIDI channels and/or make Miditzer think it is trying to start two instances.

I'm working on a solution but for now, just be patient- that's if anyone is actually trying this ;)

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:54 am
by ggoode.sa
Hi Graham,

Great to see the work with Puppy Linux and Miditzer continuing to improve through your work! I'm downloading your latest and will get to test it over the weekend.

Kind regards,
GrahamG

Re: Miditzer Quartet

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:36 pm
by moonskin
ggoode.sa wrote:I'm downloading your latest and will get to test it over the weekend.
Thanks Graham.

Please let me know your thoughts as it is very much a work in progress. I'm sure your ears are very much "in tune" with all the work you have been doing with the Barton. What I have heard of it so far sounds really great.

I'm also looking forward to the Barton soundfont when it becomes available. I'm interested to see what might be useful for Miditzer.

I've also nearly finished the next version of my puppy which uses BK's version of precise as it is a lot smaller. I'm hoping the whole iso will come in under 260Mb