• dfkettle

    Does anyone know of a patch to play SFZ files? (In other words, load a SFZ file and use it to interpret incoming Midi data and generate audio.)

    I know there's a [vst~] external, but I don't know if it works on Linux systems, and I'd still need to find a VST that would play SFZ files. There's probably be more a little more overhead that way, too.

    Thanks.

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  • dfkettle

    Hi! I'm trying to use

    to pull off the items in a list and print them, inside a loop, until all the items have been removed. But instead of pulling off the left-most item, it seems to be pulling off the right-most item. In other words, I'm getting the items in reverse order. I've attached the file below. I know I must be doing something really silly, because this seems to contradict the documentation. But I can't see what I'm doing wrong. Help!

    http://www.pdpatchrepo.info/hurleur/tryit.pd

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  • dfkettle

    This may seem like a silly question, but is there some way to tell which version I have installed, pd-vanilla or pd-extended? I installed it from the Ubuntu repository, and the help screen says "Pd version 0.42-5". Does this mean I have the vanilla version?

    The reason I'm asking is because I was going through the documentation browser in the help menu, and when I tried to open some of them (for example, rev3~ or complex-mod~), I get an error message "... couldn't create". I don't know if it's because it's not installed properly, or these objects only exist in pd-extended (and I only have pd-vanilla). Or maybe they've been removed but they were left in the documentation?

    On a broader note, why are there two versions anyway? Why not just have pd-extended and forget about pd-vanilla? Just curious...

    Thanks.

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  • dfkettle

    Hi!

    I've just installed pd, but I'm having trouble configuring it. I'm running under Windows 2000, but I don't think that's the issue. I have a Tascam US-122 USB interface. When I go into "Audio settings" in the "media" menu and try to select it as "input device 1" and "output device 1", I get the following error message (twice):

    "separate audio device choice not supported\; using sequential devices."

    Does "separate audio device" mean "external audio device"? In other words, external USB interfaces aren't supported? Or am I doing something wrong? I've used many other programs with my Tascam interface, such as Audacity, without any problem (apart from an initial learning curve).

    And what is meant by "sequential devices"? I also have a Sound Blaster Audigy card installed, but I'd prefer to use my Tascam interface, if possible.

    Thanks,
    David.

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  • dfkettle

    I have a dumb question, but I'm new to Android. Once I download the apk to my PC, how do I install it on my phone? Can I just connect it to my PC with a USB cable, enable USB sharing and copy it to my phone? Where should I put it? I've only installed apps from Android Market so far, so I'm not sure how to go about installing apps from other sources.

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  • dfkettle

    Thanks! For my purposes, this works fine. I just want to write a couple of abstractions to read and write binary files to/from lists. This, along with 'binfile', is good enough.

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  • dfkettle

    Thanks. That solved the first problem (the libraries are getting loaded now), but not the second. For some reason, it seems to be ignoring my start-up flags. I looked in the file '.pdextended' and found the line with the start-up flags:

    flags: -oss

    But it still starts up with ALSA in effect. I noticed there's another line in the file:

    audioapi: 2

    Is that conflicting with my start-up flag? Which takes precedence? What is '2'?

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  • dfkettle

    Hi again! I un-installed pd-vanilla and installed pd-extended, but when it starts, it displays literally hundreds of error messages like the following:

    Pd version 0.42-5extended
    compiled 15:15:38 Sep 22 2010
    tried ./libdir.l_i386 and failed
    tried /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType/libdir.l_i386 and failed
    tried /usr/lib/pd-extended/extra/cyclone/libdir.l_i386 and failed
    tried /usr/lib/pd-extended/extra/zexy/libdir.l_i386 and failed
    tried /usr/lib/pd-extended/extra/creb/libdir.l_i386 and failed
    etc.

    It did manage to successfully load a few things, like GEM, but most things it didn't find (I checked the install directories, and the files aren't there). Did I do something wrong, or is this normal? I installed by downloading the 'deb' file and double-clicking it, which caused Package Manager to open up. I then clicked on "Install package" or something to that effect. It seemed to install OK, there were no error messages.

    Also, I set some start-up parameters (for example, to use OSS), but it seems to ignore them. However, if I start pd from the command line and specify the same parameters as options on the command line, it uses them. Does this make any sense?

    Thanks for your help.

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  • dfkettle

    Just to clarify, since I seemed to have started the discussion, the reason that I think PD has a relatively steep learning curve isn't because of the software itself, I think it's more to do with the disorganized state of the documentation, the lack of on-line help, confusion about which objects are built-in or only available in pd-extended or someone else's add-ons, etc.

    I'm a programmer by trade, not a musician, and I've used many different programming languages over the years (over 30 years now), including "traditional" languages like C/C++, Cobol, Java, Perl, Python, etc., as well as graphical languages like PD. Right now for my 9-to-5 I'm working in a "data flow" language called DataStage, which is quite similar to PD, in that you place icons on a canvas and connect them with lines. But instead over processing audio or video, it's used to process data residing in commercial databases.

    I just think that the user interface could be a little more user-friendly and helpful. For example, as someone suggested, colour-coding the objects, allowing users to resize objects with the mouse, providing toolbars which can be customized by the user, etc. It may seem cosmetic and unimportant, but it would make learning a little easier and using the tool more enjoyable, which I don't think is a bad thing.

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  • dfkettle

    I was talking about the Help menu in the upper right corner of the main window. If you click on the 3rd. menu item, "Browser", another window opens. The 5th. item in the list on the left, "5. Reference", lists a number of objects which I just assumed were included in pd-vanilla. It's not a big issue, but it seems a little confusing or misleading, especially to new users, to list things under "Reference" that aren't included in the distribution by default. At least a link to where they can be downloaded might be helpful.

    I hope I'm not sounding too critical, I like pd, but it's not the easiest software to learn, and little things like this might frustrate new users enough to discourage them from continuing.

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