My friends and I use Rosegarden with JACK and pretty much forget about the
plugins. We use a combination of external hardware synths and soft
Fluidsynth with soundfonts remains popular (the website http://wowsia.com
provides an almost endless supply, I think they have over a TeraByte
We also use an extension on JACK (that used to be called NetJACK, but has
been incorporated into recent versions of JACK) see for example:
This allows soft synths to run on separate dedicated machines, which may
or may not, have analog sound capability.
My main synth studio rig has one machine with a high-end multichannel
sound card that does nothing much more than take inputs from other
devices. Synthesis is all done on other machines as is recording.
RoseGarden is run on the recording machine with a big monitor and graphics
cards. NetJack ties it all together.
Examples of the results can be heard on the Jazz channels of:
The "Space of Hearts" channels includes work by other artists, but also
mostly done with RoseGarden on Linux.
Hope this helps,
> Hi everyone!
> I've been using RoseGarden for several monthes, but I still can't find
> how to use it the most effectively.
> Here is my situation:
> - I'd like to use multiple soundfonts in multiple formats: sf2, gig and
> - Sometimes, I have several banks for one instrument. For instance a
> guitar with a normal sound and a muted sound.
> - I'd like something simple, ie. I open my file in RoseGarden, I press
> "play" and there is sound.
> Currently, I only use SF2 files with fluidsynth dssi plugin, because
> LinuxSampler plugin don't remember the configuration.
> When I have an instrument with several sound, I use several tracks.
> Maybe is there a easier way to do this, for example with program changes
> ? (even if the different sounds are not from the same soundfont file)
> Recently I've discovered Carla, but it's only available as lv2 plugin,
> which RoseGarden does not support. I've tried to connect RoseGarden and
> Carla with jack connections, but It's not very practicle. I create a
> midi device for each track which I connect to the input of the soundfont
> created by Carla. Maybe is there also a better way to do this ?
> Thanks for your advices!
> Anton Curl
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