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KMid

   2.4.0  

KDE Sound Application

Score 78%
KMid
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Wiki:  Link
Homepage:  Link
other:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  1248
Submitted:  Nov 30 2009
Updated:  Aug 15 2010

Description:

KMid is a MIDI/Karaoke player for KDE4.

KMid2 is a rewrite from scratch, with a new architecture and also some new features.

Some major features:
* Plays MIDI and Karaoke files.
* Playback to external hardware MIDI devices.
* Allows to use software synths as well.
* Tempo and volume controls.
* Pitch (transpose) control.
* Rhythm view (visual metronome).
* Configurable character encoding, font and color for lyrics.
* Playlists (song collections).
* MIDI Mapper.
* Channels window, with solo/muting controls and instrument selectors.
* Piano player window, using VMPK artwork and technology.
* Konqueror integration
* Runs in Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.




Changelog:

2010-08-15 2.4.0
* New kmid_part. It is a KPart implementing KMediaPlayer interfaces. This component can be integrated easily in any KDE program as a simple ReadOnlyPart; for instance Konqueror can play MIDI files with it
* New DBus interfaces org.kde.KMid and org.kde.KMidPart
* libkmidbackend has some new methods, soversion bumped to 1.0.0
* New and updated translations
* Assigned default shortcuts to keyboard media keys
* Fix in vumeter widget: drawing errors and CPU usage
* Fixes in all backends for initial MIDI program changes
* Fix in ALSA sequencer backend: bug 242912 (requires Drumstick >= 0.4)

2010-06-12 2.3.1
* ALSA Sequencer backend fixes. Bugs: #240391 and #240394.
* New and updated translations.

2010-04-26 2.3.0
* New Mac OSX and Windows backends
* Fixes in ALSA sequencer backend:
· don't set an explicit output pool size, using the default size instead.
· unconditionally reload MIDI devices before checking the available outputs.
* Drumstick libraries v0.3.1 recommended.

2010-03-14 2.2.2
2010-02-08 0.2.1
2010-01-27 0.2.0
2009-12-30 0.1.1




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 KDE4 included

 
 by dglent on: Feb 9 2010
 
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kmid2 will be inclueded in KDE in which version of KDE ?

The new version of rpm for mandriva:
http://www.mandrivalinux.gr/rpm/2010.1/i586/kmid2-0.2.1-1mgr2010.1.i586.rpm


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 Re: KDE4 included

 
 by plcl on: Feb 9 2010
 
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KMid belongs to Extragear, so it is not going to be bundled in KDE SC. Also, it does not depend on the latest KDE libraries. You can compile and use KMid2 with any KDE version >= 4.2

Thanks for packaging KMid2 for Mandriva!


Regards,
Pedro

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 Doesn't work with OSS

 
 by realnc on: Feb 9 2010
 
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I can't start this. It seems it requires ALSA, which I don't have. KDE 4's Phonon works fine here (it's configured to use OSS4).


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 Re: Doesn't work with OSS

 
 by plcl on: Feb 9 2010
 
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That is correct. KMid2 requires the ALSA sequencer for MIDI functionality. KMid2 doesn't use Phonon.

The old version of KMid (for KDE3) was compatible with OSSv3, using the OSS MIDI sequencer (/dev/sequencer) device. The new OSSv4 version has dropped the MIDI sequencer, though. I'm sorry.


Regards,
Pedro

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 Re: Re: Doesn't work with OSS

 
 by realnc on: Feb 10 2010
 
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Ah, OK. I thought ALSA was only one of the back-ends supported and that I could use timidity or fluidsynth as back-end instead.


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 Re: Re: Re: Doesn't work with OSS

 
 by plcl on: Feb 10 2010
 
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At this moment, ALSA is the only supported backend.

There are three additional backends planned. Two native backends for Windows and Mac OSX. And a third one based on libFluidSynth, that will be enabled in all platforms where FluidSynth can run.


Regards,
Pedro

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 [Feature request] Tonality cha

 
 by valep on: Feb 10 2010
 
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First of all, thank you for revamping KMID (are you the original author?). I have just tested kmid2 a little and it's doing very well its job.
Now my request for feature (if you didn't plan it yet) is the possibility to alter tonality when playing midi. This would be very useful for karaoke singers who will have the chance to adjust the tonality to their own capabilities.


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 Re: [Feature request] Tonality cha

 
 by plcl on: Feb 10 2010
 
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Hi Valerio,

Thanks for your message. The original author of KMid is Antonio Larrosa. I'm the current maintainer.

The feature you are requesting is already implemented. Please locate a docking panel named "Volume and Pitch" that may be placed at the left or the right side of the main window. If you have closed it, then go to the menu View->Volume and Pitch to open it. The slider control labeled as "pitch" allows to transpose the notes between -12 and +12 semitones.


Regards,
Pedro

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 Re: Re: [Feature request] Tonality cha

 
 by valep on: Feb 10 2010
 
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Thank you, this is wonderful! kmid is only 0.2.1 version and it has yet most of the features I need. What's going next?


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 Re: Re: Re: [Feature request] Tonality cha

 
 by plcl on: Feb 10 2010
 
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World domination! :-)


Regards,
Pedro

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 Qsampler support

 
 by sefran on: Feb 10 2010
 
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Support into kmid2 for gig sampler is it planned ?

I would like this feature with qsampler into kmid.

Linuxsampler it's really good for song.


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 Re: Qsampler support

 
 by plcl on: Feb 10 2010
 
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It is already supported, like any other soft-synth that works with the ALSA sequencer. You can also use external MIDI synthesizers, and sound cards with hardware MIDI synths. The only condition is ALSA sequencer MIDI support.

You just start LinuxSampler, or Qsampler, load your favorite GIGs, and setup the channel(s) with ALSA MIDI input, and your prefered audio output. Then start KMid2, and open the config dialog. In the MIDI page, select one LinuxSampler output port from the list, and press OK. You can now play songs thru LinuxSampler.


Regards,
Pedro

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 Re: Re: Qsampler support

 
 by sefran on: Feb 10 2010
 
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Thanks it's work very fine, and it's really most better than sound fonts (fluidsynt or timidity).

Just a last question, isn't possible integrate qsampler interface into kmid2 like timidity or fluidsynt ?


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 Re: Re: Re: Qsampler support

 
 by plcl on: Feb 11 2010
 
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It may be possible to launch LS from KMid, as a third soft-synth option? yes, it is, with some work. But is it worth? That is the important question for me.

The configuration page providing TiMidity and FluidSynth options is only to make easier the program usage for users not knowing too much about MIDI and ALSA sequencer in Linux. I've included both programs, because for some distros it is easier to get one program installed and running than the other one. Free soundfonts can also be distributed by some distros, like FluidR3, GeneralUser or FreePats, making it even easier to integrate everything as a whole, with little trouble for the final users. That is the job of the Linux distros.

Anybody being already a LinuxSampler user will be able to use KMid2 with Qsampler with little or no trouble at all.

One of the problems with LinuxSampler is that it may be much more difficult to integrate, and there is not a freely available GIG library providing the required 128 General MIDI instruments. You can buy such a library, and then you need to integrate the samples with LinuxSampler, which is not a trivial task. As far as I know, there is not a single Linux distro providing this service. On the other hand, you can say that commercial and expensive GIG libraries provide much more quality than free (gratis) sound fonts collections like the ones from hammersound.net, and you may be right. But you could also buy commercial soundfonts in SF2 format for FluidSynth providing high quality sounds.


Regards,
Pedro

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 Excellent!

 
 by dave1z on: May 22 2010
 
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Thank you! I have been looking for this for some time now. I had been using the older kmid from KDE 3.5 but it had problems with qsynth under KDE 4.4. The playback is now smooth as silk and I can once again enjoy my mids without having to revert to timidity's ncurses interface to do it. Kudos!


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 embed in other app

 
 by wbsoft on: Jun 7 2010
 
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Hi, thanks for kmid(2) which is very nice and easy to use. I'm the author of Frescobaldi, a LilyPond text editor. Frescobaldi needs a feature to playback the MIDI files generated by LilyPond. Currently it just launches whichever MIDI player the user configures in the settings. But it would be nice if KMid2 could be embedded somehow (in a small player widget) inside another KDE application. Is this already possible?


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 Re: embed in other app

 
 by plcl on: Jun 7 2010
 
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Hi!

Thanks to you for Frescobaldi!

I've thought about creating a Kpart, allowing to embed a minimal kmid-based player in other applications. I don't know when it's going to be done, though. Can you please open an enhancement request at the KDE tracker?

https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?format=guided&product=kmid


Regards,
Pedro

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 Re: embed in other app

 
 by plcl on: Jul 26 2010
 
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The next KMid release (2.4.0) scheduled for mid-August will contain a KPart allowing the player to be embedded in other applications.

Comments and feedback are welcome, in this report:
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=241220

Details about this feature, in my blog:
http://midi-clorianos.blogspot.com/2010/07/future-of-kmid.html


Regards,
Pedro

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