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11 <h2><center>LinuxSampler for Mac OS X &nbsp; <img src="gfx/logos/windows.png"> &nbsp; HOWTO by Toshi Nagata&nbsp;</center></h2>
12 <br>
13 <center>December&nbsp;18th,&nbsp;2007</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="#contact">8.&nbsp; Contact</a><br>
27 </div>
29 <a name="intro"></a>
30 <h3>1.&nbsp; Introduction</h3>
31 The LinuxSampler development team is happy to announce the release of
32 a new version of LinuxSampler of Mac OS X. More information will be added here soon, so check back frequently.<br>
33 <br>
34 For now the sampler supports the CoreMIDI interface
35 for MIDI input and <A HREF="http://www.jackosx.com">jack</A> for audio out. This means it currently runs only
36 as a standalone application. An AU/VST interface will follow at a later stage, along with
37 a network module to run multiple sampler slaves distributed on OS/X, Windows or
38 Linux machines (Linux provides better performance) all controlled from a
39 OS X or Windows box i.e. running the AU / VST sequencer.<br>
40 Even though LinuxSampler presently runs only as standalone app,
41 thanks to jack you can comfortably route the sampler's audio outs back into your sequencer.
42 <br>
43 LinuxSampler is implemented as a client/server application. This means
44 the sampling engine (the server / backend) runs
45 independently from the GUI (the client / frontend). Sampling engine and
46 client can be run on the same box or on different machines too, connected
47 over the network.<br>
48 <br>
49 The Mac OS X version provides all the features of the Linux version
50 since it is built from the same source code base.
51 This means when new features will come out the
52 Mac OS X version will usually provide the same feature set as the Linux
53 version. This was made possible by the very modular design of both
54 low level, operating system functions and flexible audio / MIDI driver
55 system.<br>
56 <br>
57 The Mac OS X version comes as an easy to install DMG file which will
58 install all the necessary modules to run both the server ( linuxsampler.exe )
59 and the GUI client. For now it installs only the qsampler GUI client
60 as JSampler, the sampler frontend written in Java requires Java 1.6 which is not
61 available on OS X yet. Of course you can run JSampler on a Windows or Linux box
62 connected over the network to your OS X box or you could try to run it in a windows
63 virtual machine. We discourage running a virtual machine along with the sampler
64 as both applicationes are very CPU and RAM hungry therefore the performance
65 of LinuxSampler will be suboptimal.
69 <a name="requirements"></a>
70 <h3>2.&nbsp; Requirements</h3>
71 <ul>
72 <li>PPC or Intel Mac (an Intel Mac should provide much better performance)
73 <li>Mac OS Tiger or later (Leopard should work too)</li>
74 <li><A HREF="http://www.jackosx.com">JackOSX</A>. Install it before LinuxSampler</li>
75 </ul>
77 <a name="installation"></a>
78 <h3>3.a&nbsp; Installation</h3>
79 Simply download the latest version of the LinuxSampler Mac OS X installer
80 from the <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/downloads.html">LinuxSampler
81 Download Page</a>, <br>
82 and mount it on Finder. You
83 will find a single folder "linuxsampler051-mac-20080102". Copy this
84 folder to wherever you like (e.g. under /Applications).
85 <br>
86 The folder contains three items, "bin", "linuxsampler" and
87 "qsampler". Double-click on qsampler. The application launches, and you
88 will see messages saying that linuxsampler is now running. After a
89 while, you will also see that the JackPilot application (installed by
90 the JackOSX installer) automatically launches showing the Jack server
91 already running.
94 <a name="using"></a>
95 <h3>4.&nbsp; Using the Applications</h3>
96 Now that we installed everything, let's get wet and start the applications:
97 <ol>
98 <li>Start QSampler, the GUI frontend. It should automatically start LinuxSampler the backend application</li>
99 </ol>
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102 <a name="setup_midi"></a>
103 <h3>4.1&nbsp; Setting up MIDI Input</h3>
104 In qsampler click on the device configuration tab.
105 Click on the MIDI devices icon and then on Create.
107 <br>
108 <br>
109 You can create an arbitrary number of MIDI input devices by repeating
110 the procedure above.
111 Each MIDI device can be routed to arbitrary sampler channels.
113 <a name="setup_audio"></a>
114 <h3>4.2&nbsp; Setting up Audio Output</h3>
115 LinuxSampler currently only supports the jack driver model for audio output
116 on Mac OS X.
117 Click on AUDIO devices icon and then on Create.
118 <br>
119 <br>
122 <a name="load_samples"></a>
123 <h3>4.3&nbsp; Loading Samples</h3>
124 Click on Add Channel. A dialog will appear.
125 Select the GIG file you want to load, the instrument within the GIG file,
126 Audio device, MIDI device, MIDI port and channel.
127 Click OK.
128 <a name="houston"></a>
129 <h3>5.&nbsp; Installation Troubleshooting</h3>
132 <a name="docs"></a>
133 <h3>6.&nbsp; Detailed Documentation</h3>
134 You find more detailed documentation about our software on our official <a href="http://linuxsampler.org/documentation.html">
135 LinuxSampler documentation site</a>.
137 <a name="bugs"></a>
138 <h3>7.&nbsp; Bugs, Problems and Feature Requests</h3>
139 There could be several bugs in the Mac OS X version of LinuxSampler which we hope to root out soon.
140 Please report them using our bug tracking system:<br>
141 <br>
142 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://bugs.linuxsampler.org/">http://bugs.linuxsampler.org/</a><br>
143 <br>
144 Some bugs and problems we discovered so far:
145 <ul>
146 <li>The current LinuxSampler for Mac OS X binary distribution does not ship with gigedit yet
147 <br>
148 Toshi writes: I tried gigedit with X11 and gtk on my Mac. It worked, but the
149 installation process was too much complicated for ordinary users (so
150 complicated that I cannot remember exactly how I did that myself). We
151 still have a long way before gigedit can be part of binary distribution
152 for Mac.
153 </li>
154 <li>if you overload the sampler (CPU overload or disk overload) it
155 produces noises</li>
156 <li>
157 QSampler crashes when one tries to create a second port of jack.
158 An error dialog saying the device was not created, after the dialog is dismissed the QSampler crashes.
159 </li>
160 <li>
161 Another problem in QSampler. It sometimes fails to quit
162 gracefully, and I need to do "Force Quit". After force quitting, the
163 linuxsampler subprocess is still running and I need to stop it by
164 "killall linuxsampler".
165 </li>
167 </ul>
169 <a name="contact"></a>
170 <h3>8.&nbsp; Contact</h3>
171 If you have questions or want to help us to improve the sampler,
172 subscribe to the <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/developers.html">
173 LinuxSampler Developer's mailing list</a>.
174 <br><br>
175 That's it, enjoy!<br>
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