On Sat, 23 Jan 2010, David McClanahan wrote:
> Where to start? I have a Dell 7000 laptop and I'm wondering if it can be a
Of course. The major contenders are linuxsampler,
fluidsynth, and zynaddsubfx.
Are you trying to build your own dedicated synthesizer on
top of linux? Like the Korg OASYS?
> 1. Implement a synth on a hard real time platform. RTAI or RTLinux. Such a
I would suggest using something like Debian with an RT
kernel. A bare-bones Debian install has a small footprint,
and there are several RT kernels avail. for Debian. It's
also easy to add/remove packages without crippling the
I've heard good things about ArchLinux, too... WRT it's
ability to configure the distro to your needs.
> 2. Characteristics of a synth could be set while in a normal Linux
Are you wanting X11, or not? That's really the biggest
question. If you /do/ want X11... then I'm not sure what
you're trying to accomplish, here.
FYI, with some synths (esp. linuxsampler), you can run the
synth in a headless (no monitor) environment and control it
over ethernet with the OSC protocol.
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