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11 <h2><center>LinuxSampler for Mac OS X &nbsp; <img src="gfx/logos/apple.png"> &nbsp; HOWTO by Toshi Nagata&nbsp;</center></h2>
12 <br>
13 <center>January&nbsp;6th,&nbsp;2008</center><br>
14 <div style="background-color: #F4F4FF; margin: 1em 3em 1em 3em; padding: 1em 1em 1em 2.2em;">
15 <a href="#intro">1.&nbsp; Introduction</a><br>
16 <a href="#requirements">2.&nbsp; Requirements</a><br>
17 <a href="#installation">3.&nbsp; Installation</a><br>
18 <a href="#using">4.&nbsp; Using the Applications</a><br>
19 <a href="#setup_midi">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4.1&nbsp; Setting up MIDI Input</a><br>
20 <a href="#setup_audio">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4.2&nbsp; Setting up Audio Output</a><br>
21 <a href="#load_samples">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4.3&nbsp; Loading Samples</a><br>
22 <a href="#save_session">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4.4&nbsp; Saving a Sampler Session</a><br>
23 <a href="#houston">5.&nbsp; Installation Troubleshooting</a><br>
24 <a href="#docs">6.&nbsp; Detailed Documentation</a><br>
25 <a href="#bugs">7.&nbsp; Bugs, Problems and Feature Requests</a><br>
26 <a href="#credits">8.&nbsp; Credits</a><br>
27 <a href="#contact">9.&nbsp; Contact</a><br>
28 </div>
29
30 <a name="intro"></a>
31 <h3>1.&nbsp; Introduction</h3>
32 The LinuxSampler development team is happy to announce the release of
33 a new version of LinuxSampler of Mac OS X. More information will be added here soon, so check back frequently.<br>
34 <br>
35 For now the sampler supports the CoreMIDI interface
36 for MIDI input and <A HREF="http://www.jackosx.com">jack</A> for audio out. This means it currently runs only
37 as a standalone application. An AU/VST interface will follow at a later stage, along with
38 a network module to run multiple sampler slaves distributed on OS/X, Windows or
39 Linux machines (Linux provides better performance) all controlled from a
40 OS X or Windows box i.e. running the AU / VST sequencer.<br>
41 Even though LinuxSampler presently runs only as standalone app,
42 thanks to jack you can comfortably route the sampler's audio outs back into your sequencer.
43 <br>
44 LinuxSampler is implemented as a client/server application. This means
45 the sampling engine (the server / backend) runs
46 independently from the GUI (the client / frontend). Sampling engine and
47 client can be run on the same box or on different machines too, connected
48 over the network.<br>
49 <br>
50 The Mac OS X version provides all the features of the Linux version
51 since it is built from the same source code base.
52 This means when new features will come out the
53 Mac OS X version will usually provide the same feature set as the Linux
54 version. This was made possible by the very modular design of both
55 low level, operating system functions and flexible audio / MIDI driver
56 system.<br>
57 <br>
58 The Mac OS X version comes as an easy to install DMG file which will
59 install all the necessary modules to run both the server ( linuxsampler.exe )
60 and the GUI client. For now it installs only the qsampler GUI client
61 as JSampler, the sampler frontend written in Java requires Java 1.6 which is not
62 available on OS X yet. Of course you can run JSampler on a Windows or Linux box
63 connected over the network to your OS X box or you could try to run it in a windows
64 virtual machine. We discourage running a virtual machine along with the sampler
65 as both applicationes are very CPU and RAM hungry therefore the performance
66 of LinuxSampler will be suboptimal.<br>
67 <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/pix/screenshots/osx_qsampler_0_2_1.jpg">
68 <img src="screenshots/osx_qsampler_0_2_1_preview.png" border="0">
69 </a>
70
71 <a name="requirements"></a>
72 <h3>2.&nbsp; Requirements</h3>
73 <ul>
74 <li>PPC or Intel Mac (an Intel Mac should provide much better performance)
75 <li>Mac OS Tiger or later (Leopard should work too)</li>
76 <li><A HREF="http://www.jackosx.com">JackOSX</A>. Install it before LinuxSampler</li>
77 </ul>
78
79 <a name="installation"></a>
80 <h3>3.a&nbsp; Installation</h3>
81 <ol>
82 <li>Install <A HREF="http://www.jackosx.com">JackOSX</A>
83 (if you don't have it already).
84 </li>
85 <li>Download the latest version of the LinuxSampler Mac OS X installer
86 from the <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/downloads.html">LinuxSampler
87 Download Page</a>, and mount it on Finder.
88 </li>
89 <li>You will find a single folder "linuxsampler051-mac-20080102". Copy this
90 folder to wherever you like (e.g. under /Applications).
91 </li>
92 </ol>
93
94 <a name="using"></a>
95 <h3>4.&nbsp; Using the Applications</h3>
96 The folder contains three items, "bin", "linuxsampler" and
97 "qsampler".
98 <ol>
99 <li>Start qsampler.app. The application launches, and you
100 will see messages saying that linuxsampler is now running. After a
101 while, you will also see that the JackPilot application (installed by
102 the JackOSX installer) automatically launches showing the Jack server
103 already running.
104 </li>
105 <li>
106 Since CoreMIDI is sometimes too slow to respond when creating a new MIDI device.
107 so you need to increase "Timeout" parameter in the
108 Options:Server Settings to, 10000 msec.
109 </li>
110 </ol>
111
112 <a name="setup_midi"></a>
113 <h3>4.1&nbsp; Setting up MIDI Input</h3>
114 In qsampler click on the device configuration tab.
115 Click on the MIDI devices icon and then on Create.
116
117 <br>
118 <br>
119 You can create an arbitrary number of MIDI input devices by repeating
120 the procedure above.
121 Each MIDI device can be routed to arbitrary sampler channels.
122
123 <a name="setup_audio"></a>
124 <h3>4.2&nbsp; Setting up Audio Output</h3>
125 LinuxSampler currently only supports the jack driver model for audio output
126 on Mac OS X.
127 Click on AUDIO devices icon and then on Create.
128 <br>
129 You can of course save and load sampler session as LSCP files which will
130 automaticall set up audio and midi devices and load samples into the channel strips.
131 <ol>
132 <li>
133 Connect audio ports:
134 In the "Connections Manager" pane of JackPilot: linuxsampler --> Built-in audio: in1 & in2
135 or
136 In the "Connections" window of qjackctl: linuxsampler --> coreaudio<br>
137 <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/pix/screenshots/osx_qjackctl.jpg">
138 <img src="screenshots/osx_qjackctl_preview.png" border="0">
139 </a>
140 </li>
141 <li>
142 Start MIDI Patchbay.app and connect your MIDI Input instance (probably your MIDI interface or USB-enabled keyboard) to the "LinuxSampler_in_0"
143 MIDI Output<br>
144 <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/pix/screenshots/osx_patchbay.jpg">
145 <img src="screenshots/osx_patchbay_preview.png" border="0">
146 </a>
147 </li>
148 </ol>
149
150 <a name="load_samples"></a>
151 <h3>4.3&nbsp; Loading Samples</h3>
152 Click on Add Channel. A dialog will appear.
153 Select the GIG file you want to load, the instrument within the GIG file,
154 Audio device, MIDI device, MIDI port and channel.
155 Click OK.
156 <a name="houston"></a>
157 <h3>5.&nbsp; Installation Troubleshooting</h3>
158 TODO
159
160 <a name="docs"></a>
161 <h3>6.&nbsp; Detailed Documentation</h3>
162 You find more detailed documentation about our software on our official <a href="http://linuxsampler.org/documentation.html">
163 LinuxSampler documentation site</a>.
164
165 <a name="bugs"></a>
166 <h3>7.&nbsp; Bugs, Problems and Feature Requests</h3>
167 There could be several bugs in the Mac OS X version of LinuxSampler which we hope to root out soon.
168 Please report them using our bug tracking system:<br>
169 <br>
170 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://bugs.linuxsampler.org/">http://bugs.linuxsampler.org/</a><br>
171 <br>
172 Some bugs and problems we discovered so far:
173 <ul>
174 <li>The current LinuxSampler for Mac OS X binary distribution does not ship with gigedit yet
175 <br>
176 Toshi writes: I tried gigedit with X11 and gtk on my Mac. It worked, but the
177 installation process was too much complicated for ordinary users (so
178 complicated that I cannot remember exactly how I did that myself). We
179 still have a long way before gigedit can be part of binary distribution
180 for Mac.
181 </li>
182 <li>if you overload the sampler (CPU overload or disk overload) it
183 produces noises</li>
184 <li>
185 QSampler crashes when one tries to create a second port of jack.
186 An error dialog saying the device was not created, after the dialog is dismissed the QSampler crashes.
187 </li>
188 <li>
189 Another problem in QSampler. It sometimes fails to quit
190 gracefully, and I need to do "Force Quit". After force quitting, the
191 linuxsampler subprocess is still running and I need to stop it by
192 "killall linuxsampler".
193 </li>
194 </ul>
195
196 <a name="credits"></a>
197 <h3>8.&nbsp; Credits</h3>
198 Thanks to Stephane Letz (Initial OS X port) and Ebrahim Mayat (OSX Howto fixes, testing, screenshots)
199
200 <a name="contact"></a>
201 <h3>9.&nbsp; Contact</h3>
202 If you have questions or want to help us to improve the sampler,
203 subscribe to the <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/developers.html">
204 LinuxSampler Developer's mailing list</a>.
205 <br><br>
206 That's it, enjoy!<br>
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