SB Live! Midi

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SB Live! uses a wavetable synthesizer for its MIDI output. Therefore, in order to get MIDI output you need to load the SoundFont banks into the card.


Install the awesfxAUR package.

Copy the SoundFont files from your SB Live driver CD somewhere on your disk. On the SB Live! Value CD, they are named: 2GMGSMT.SF2, 4GMGSMT.SF2 and 8MBGMSFX.SF2.

Load the bank by executing asfxload bankfile. See sfxload(1) for more advanced options. Some users have reported that snd_emu10k1_synth needs to be preloaded in order for this to work.


Which bank to load?

The bank names (at least for SB Live! Value) correspond to their respective sizes (2 Mb, 4 Mb, 8 Mb). The bigger the bank is, the better the quality, although more RAM is also used, since SB Live Value does not have its own memory banks.


Create a systemd service file to start asfxload fullbankfilepathname as a oneshot.