[Ardour-Dev] what linux audio project do you miss?

kevin vacillates at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 14:55:29 PST 2011

The short answer is external devices, other computers, max/pd patches,
processing sketches...

The long answer is that it's a chicken and egg problem.  Plugin and
instrument developers don't make OSC compatible software because there is no
"industry standard" way to use it in a DAW.  DAW makers don't put it in
because no software uses it.

A good point is that an OSC -> MIDI translation layer would be necessary to
drive any currently available software.  Mapping an OSC address /foo/bar/baz
that sends 0.0-1.0 into a MIDI CC 0-127 wouldn't be too hard, but the point
is to do that conversion after the recording, not before.

My initial motivation here is coming from the monome community.  There's
currently no way to record the OSC straight from the device, so an OSC
sequencer in Ardour (or elsewhere) would allow you to record performances in
OSC and drive the monome apps directly.  Most of these apps are max patches,
but there are a reasonable number of pd patches as well.

The Jamburglar project by Altitude Sickness is a particular case where an
OSC timeline would have been extremely helpful, since he was using monome
OSC messages to drive both the sampling engine, and a processing sketch to
create an a/v experience.


On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM, Evan Laforge <qdunkan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM, kevin <vacillates at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As would (and this isnt' really linux specific, but it'd be cool if it
> > happened on linux first) an OSC sequencer / timeline editor. Bonus points
> > for doing it inside of Ardour, but mega, mega praise for getting it up
> and
> > running at all.
> Out of curiosity, what would you be driving with this, and what format
> would the OSC msgs be in?
> I've thought of doing such a thing, but haven't done more than think
> because there are no instruments to drive.  And as long as there are
> no actual synthesizers out there, I might be better served by a high
> speed high resolution extension of MIDI since as far as I know there's
> no agreed on standard for OSC formats, but as long as there's nothing
> to drive it's all just dreaming anyway.
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