update needed on software synthesizers for linux

Brent Harding bharding at doorpi.net
Mon Feb 13 03:37:44 UTC 2006

What would one do with a Gumstix system? I heard about them on this Make 
Magazine podcast to have small linux systems. The one use, all be it 
difficult to get done, that I would think useful would be for audio 
processing. My idea would work if I could get it to run winamp DSP's like 
sound solution or rock steady. The hardest part would always be the coding 
and wiring controls as some of the plugins have an immense number of them. 
I'd be happy making the preset I want to use on my computer, loading it in, 
and taking the box wherever I'd use it. That would eliminate the need for 
displays or any other control mechanism besides a serial port.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "T. Joseph CARTER" <knghtbrd at bluecherry.net>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:10 AM
Subject: Re: update needed on software synthesizers for linux

> Gilles Casse wrote:
>> T. Joseph CARTER writes:
>>  > Unfortunately, I don't think they have prebuilt
>>  > runtimes for Intel's XScale platform.
>> The DECtalk software from Fonix is available for ARM.
>> I wish to try it on a Gumstix card (so XScale) in a few weeks.
>> Fonix Website: http://fonix.com
> Yeah, I saw that they have a single Linux runtime license available for
> $50, which isn't bad at all.  You can get 4.x or 5.x too, which is nice
> since I know that some people have a preference for the older version.
> The question that remains is whether or not Fonix would give me anywhere
> near the $5 per unit deal in quantities as low as 300.  The adaptive tech
> market is known for low sales figures.
> Of course the low sales are due to the high prices, and at least in part
> the high prices are our own damned fault.  Someone with a rather advanced
> business degree once tried to explain this to me, but my brain was full
> long before I really understood much more than that.  *grin*
> -- 
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> but a habit."
> -- Aristotle
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