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Playing MIDI on Mac works for me.
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Paul Licameli
2017-07-19 14:27:59 UTC
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Has anybody besides me tried playing MIDI on Mac?

I have got it working by following some instructions here
http://donyaquick.com/working-with-midi-on-mac-os-x/ to setup an IAC bus,
then downloading the free SimpleSynth program recommended on that page.
And that is here. http://notahat.com/simplesynth/

That done, it all works like a charm for me.

Does anyone more knowledgeable than me want to recommend other and better
resources for Mac users? Are there other free software synths to recommend?

Has Peter written anything yet in Manual about Mac MIDI setup?

PRL
Peter Sampson
2017-07-19 16:05:43 UTC
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Post by Paul Licameli
Has anybody besides me tried playing MIDI on Mac?
I have got it working by following some instructions here
http://donyaquick.com/working-with-midi-on-mac-os-x/ to setup an IAC bus,
then downloading the free SimpleSynth program recommended on that page.
And that is here. http://notahat.com/simplesynth/
That done, it all works like a charm for me.
Does anyone more knowledgeable than me want to recommend other and better
resources for Mac users? Are there other free software synths to recommend?
Has Peter written anything yet in Manual about Mac MIDI setup?
Poke has been doing some work on Note Tracks and the Prefs page:
http://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/Note_Tracks
http://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/MIDI_Devices_Preferences


All I have added in the intro on Note Tracks thus far is:
"Note Tracks cannot currently be played on Linux or Mac."

Plus there's the bit in "New Features"
http://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/New_features_in_this_release#midi

I'm somewhat holding fire till I ascertain the situation on Mac and Linux.

At the momemnt I'm unsure where's the best place to talk about MIDI playback
probably from this page I'm thinking:
http://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/man/Playing_and_Recording
mentioning there that you can play MIDI files (at least on Windows) with a
link to
the Notes Tracks page.

Peter.
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Peter Sampson
2017-07-19 16:08:31 UTC
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Post by Paul Licameli
Has anybody besides me tried playing MIDI on Mac?
I have got it working by following some instructions here
http://donyaquick.com/working-with-midi-on-mac-os-x/ to setup an IAC bus,
then downloading the free SimpleSynth program recommended on that page.
And that is here. http://notahat.com/simplesynth/
But in Windows it just works out-of-the-box and we should be looking for
it to be that simple on Mac and Linux too if possible.

Peter.
Post by Paul Licameli
That done, it all works like a charm for me.
Does anyone more knowledgeable than me want to recommend other and better
resources for Mac users? Are there other free software synths to recommend?
Has Peter written anything yet in Manual about Mac MIDI setup?
PRL
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David Engebretson Jr.
2017-07-19 16:24:20 UTC
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Might be off topic, but I got it working on Windows7. It doesn’t separate into channels (1drum track and 1 synth track) but it is pretty interesting to hear it all blobbed together.



I noticed experimental midi in isn’t enabled (according to the midi devices dialog under Help). So I assume the only way to get midi in is to import a midi file).



Time to RTFM.



Great work guys! Much fun.
Paul Licameli
2017-07-19 16:44:38 UTC
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On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 12:24 PM, David Engebretson Jr. <
Post by David Engebretson Jr.
Might be off topic, but I got it working on Windows7. It doesn’t separate
into channels (1drum track and 1 synth track) but it is pretty interesting
to hear it all blobbed together.
I noticed experimental midi in isn’t enabled (according to the midi
devices dialog under Help). So I assume the only way to get midi in is to
import a midi file).
Time to RTFM.
Yes, MIDI out is all we intend for this release. Also those last lines in
the new Help dialog will be appended only in alpha versions.

PRL
Post by David Engebretson Jr.
Great work guys! Much fun.
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David Engebretson Jr.
2017-07-19 16:52:37 UTC
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When I switch devices in the Edit->Preferences->Midi section, there is no change. I’ve got several different devices available (lots of toys, er tools, connected).



What’s the best way to see why the output device isn’t changing?



Thanks,

David
Roger Dannenberg
2017-07-19 17:31:20 UTC
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I recommend SimpleSynth to my students. More ambitious users might be
interested in SoundCool, which I believe is now on our list of resources
somewhere. SoundCool is open source and allows you to use one of several
nice VST plugins that play MIDI; then you can send the VST plugin output
directly to audio out or add additional (real-time) audio processing
and/or capture output in a file. All this requires user to select
appropriate modules from a list of 30 or so and patch them together to
do the right thing, so it's not nearly as simple as running SimpleSynth.
However, SoundCool is used in music ed for young teens, so it's not
exactly rocket science.

-Roger
Post by Paul Licameli
Has anybody besides me tried playing MIDI on Mac?
I have got it working by following some instructions
here http://donyaquick.com/working-with-midi-on-mac-os-x/ to setup an
IAC bus, then downloading the free SimpleSynth program recommended on
that page. And that is here. http://notahat.com/simplesynth/
That done, it all works like a charm for me.
Does anyone more knowledgeable than me want to recommend other and
better resources for Mac users? Are there other free software synths
to recommend?
Has Peter written anything yet in Manual about Mac MIDI setup?
PRL
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