Hello Christopher

Aria Maestosa (http://ariamaestosa.sourceforge.net/) has a groovy gui if you prefer to enter notes as sheet music and would like to save as midi file. Also, it outputs to timidity so you can hear what you are composing...

The latest stable release is 1.2.1 but you will need a tricky rpm specfile to get it up and running. The attached srpm has been tested on x86_64 and should build on i686. The source code does not support ppc.

Regards, Simon

Am 15.05.2010 21:08, schrieb Christopher Antila:
Hello Simon:

Thank you for your comments.  These are precisely the kinds of tips that
would be required of a mentor!

I've been thinking about your Qtractor/Rosegarden comment already, and I
feel ready to substitute Qtractor for Rosegarden.

I've never heard of AriaMaestosa, and I haven't explored Phasex or
Yoshimi in great detail.

As for PulseAudio, I think that I'll still cover it.  What I should have
put is that it's difficult to escape, and that most desktop users will
not want to escape it.  This is an issue that will be addressed in a
chapter about optimizing your computer for use with audio applications.

Again, thank you for your comments.  I will add information to my
proposal page right now.


On 05/15/2010 02:32 AM, Simon Lewis wrote:
Hello Christopher

I hope you don't mind me making a couple of comments to your proposal...

The most important sequencer is Qtractor - despite Rui's cautionary
notes it's a very solid  and advanced app that allows you to work with
both midi and audio.  Rosegarden is perhaps interesting from a
historical approach but it's midi only.

You noted that you can not escape Pulseaudio in Fedora - you certainly
can! Simply remove everything except the pulseaudio-libs... Your PC will
feel like it's turbo-charged after you done this!

Synthesizers? Yoshimi - the best sounding synth I know. Phasex - very
clean sound. Alsa Modular Synth - fun.

Typesetting AriaMaestosa

One overlooked but very important aspect when creating a pro-audio spin
of a distro is to set up common directory locations for plug-ins and
make sure that all apps automatically point to them.

The two areas that need a lot of effort and code changes is multiple
sound cards and getting all apps to work on x86_64 (lib64 savvy).

Regards, Simon

PS: Versions...

AriaMaestosa.x86_64             1.2.1-1
ams.x86_64                      2.0.1-2
phasex.x86_64                   0.12.0-0.2
qtractor.x86_64                 0.4.5svn1517-2
yoshimi.x86_64                  0.055.3-1

Am 14.05.2010 22:21, schrieb Christopher Antila:
Last week, I sent an introductory message, about the Fedora Summer
Coding project that I'm proposing. The proposal is almost finished (see
it online at

but some serious work remains.

The most important part still remaining is that I need a mentor! I
would really like to have somebody from Fedora and Planet CCRMA, because
of the opportunities it would allow. This co-mentoring possibility has
been approved in principal by the Fedora Summer Coding SIG, and they
also recommend it for this particular proposal.

The responsibilities for a mentor from the Audio Creation SIG would
probably be like these:
-helping sort through existing documentation to derive a 'recommended
practice' for optimizing Fedora PCs for audio work
-giving tips on installing and using audio software
-assist in getting algorithms tested on hardware that I don't have
multiple sound cards, including FireWire, and external MIDI devices)
-assist in determining the success or failure of the project as a
which determines whether I get paid

I can't say for sure, but this is my best guess. You can contact the
Fedora Summer Coding people for more information, or see the wiki page,
available at

Thank you for considering my proposal. Any comments that you may have
are welcome!

Christopher Antila.
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