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Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio

Harry Rivers 02 Apr 16 - 04:46 AM
Stanron 02 Apr 16 - 05:34 AM
Harry Rivers 02 Apr 16 - 05:48 AM
Stanron 02 Apr 16 - 06:22 AM
Jack Campin 02 Apr 16 - 06:42 AM
Harry Rivers 02 Apr 16 - 06:52 AM
Stanron 02 Apr 16 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,DaveRo 02 Apr 16 - 10:01 AM
punkfolkrocker 02 Apr 16 - 10:25 AM
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Subject: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Harry Rivers
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 04:46 AM

Does anyone on here use LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio?

If so, can you recommend a (preferably free) General Midi Soundfont?

All the best
Harry


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Stanron
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 05:34 AM

My Software Manager (for Linux Mint 17.3) offers LMMS version 1.0.0 and separately offers 'fluid soundfont-gs'. Both free and both safe to download. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Different operating systems may offer different software.

I've not used either so I can't say what they are like.


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Harry Rivers
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 05:48 AM

Thanks for your reply, Stanron.

I've been using LMMS for a couple of weeks, mainly for inputting MIDI files to use as backing for my fiddle practice.

I use Sibelius a lot and find its in-built piano sound quite adequate but I'm trying to find a way to get an authentic concertina accompaniment.

Harry


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Stanron
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 06:22 AM

For creating scores I now use a program called MuseScore. It doesn't have a concertina sound but it does have Harmonica. Harmonica reeds and concertina reeds are pretty much the same. Have you tried writing concertina parts to a harmonica voice?


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 06:42 AM

Phil Taylor's (discontinued) Barfly ABC processor for the Mac comes with a baritone concertina soundfont (sampled from his own instrument). I don't know where you can download it, but send me a PM and I'll email it to you.


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Harry Rivers
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 06:52 AM

I just tried it and, in Sibelius, 'harmonica' sounds closer to a 'concertina' than 'accordian' - still a little too 'staccato' though.

Still keen to explore what LMMS can do with a decent GMS.

Thanks!!!


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Stanron
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 09:54 AM

Harry Rivers wrote: still a little too 'staccato' though

The staccato effect will be a result of writing everything in one voice. This means you can't sustain one note whilst playing several others. I can't remember how many voices Sibelius can do. I know it can do at least four.

Have you found 'fluid soundfont-gs' yet?


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 10:01 AM

FWIW my Linux distro (Suse) offers fluid-soundfont-gm (141MB) as well as fluid-soundfont-gs (3MB).


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 10:25 AM

Timely thread - cheers...

Last year I installed AV linux on an old Pentium 4 PC to try out of interest, but 1st impressions left me unimpressed.
... and it faded into dust gathering mode...

But yesterday I started considering trying out Mint or something similar,
because I want an easy work horse [ expendable ] PC
for investigating the contents of various hard drives left by a deceased relative...


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Stanron
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 12:08 PM

GUEST,DaveRo wrote: FWIW my Linux distro (Suse) offers fluid-soundfont-gm (141MB) as well as fluid-soundfont-gs (3MB).

I've just checked amd mine offers the same. I hadn't spotted the difference between gs and gm.

When I changed to Linux a few years ago I chose Mint Cinnamon because it seemed the closest to XP of all the ones I tried. There are allegedly lighter and faster systems but I got to know my way round this one nicely. Whichever one you choose, join the forum. The help is brilliant.


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Subject: RE: Info: LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio
From: Harry Rivers
Date: 03 Apr 16 - 04:30 AM

Thanks for all the input above.

I haven't tried the fluid soundfont yet.

I started with 32MbGMStereo, which was quite limited, and then moved on to Arachno, which has a good selection of instruments.

However, the best so far is the "Concertina" that Jim sent me: two beautiful concertinas together with the warmest accordion sample I've come across.

This should meet my needs.

I know that practicing along to MIDI files does bugger-all for learning the "groove" of a tune but I'm finding that it really helps with intonation.

Once again, many thanks for your help.

Harry


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