Playing MIDIfiles under Linux

Christian christian08 at
Mon Feb 25 17:39:18 UTC 2008

Hi Lorenzo and many thanks for this.
Just a question, does this softsynth feature any reverb? Or will I hear the playback without any reverb?
And at last, I just open the midifile from within Gnome or from a console?
All the best,

On 2008-02-25 at 00:50 Lorenzo Taylor wrote:

>Timidity++ is about the best software midi synthesizer for Linux. It is
>usually known to your package manager as timidity. Also, Ubuntu just got
>the Fluid release 3 soundfonts which will work with timidity. If your
>distro is Debian based, even if it isn't Ubuntu Hardy alpha, you can
>download the debs from
>You should just be able to wget those links if you use a command shell
>on a regular basis. These debs are almost certain to work on any
>Debian-based distro.
>If you have an rpm-based distro such as Fedora, the Fluid soundfonts
>may not be included, but you may alien the debs mentioned above.
>Aliening the debs should almost certainly work, since there is most
>likely no major difference in the filesystem hierarchy that would pose a
>problem for these packages.
>To setup timidity to work with the fluid soundfonts, just add the
>following 2 lines to the bottom of your /etc/timidity/timidity.cfg
>soundfont /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GM.sf2
>soundfont /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GS.sf2
>Also, you will probably want to comment out any line that mentions
>freepats, since this patchset is incomplete and doesn't sound as good as
>the fluid soundfonts. The line will look something like
>source /etc/timidity/freepats.cfg
>Hope this helps,
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