MIDI on Linux; it shouldn't be this hard, should it?

Stewart C. Russell scruss-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Fri Mar 7 03:15:53 UTC 2014

Is using a MIDI keyboard with Linux a world of pain, or am I doing
something wrong?

About the best I can do right now to get any sound from my Akai LPK25 (=
cheapo USB midi keyboard)  is:

1) Start qjackctl
2) Open the Connections tab
3) Drag the LPK25 output over the Timidity++ input
4) Proceed to get a single generic piano sound via the keyboard in an
approximation of realtime.

Anything more adventurous fails to work.

It can't be a processing power issue. Is it just that no-one on Linux
does music?

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