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Software News   Software News : USB Driver for CAMD is released
   posted by lylehaze on 21-Jan-2006 15:10:04 (3619 reads)
The USB MIDI driver for CAMD has been completed. It can be found at OS4Depot under driver/misc.

This will allow unlimited MIDI expansion by USB. Any "USB Class Compatible" devices should work fine. There is a list of tested devices in the documents, and also a "live" list at the support website for the driver.


ALL users of previous beta versions, including the USB driver that was distributed with Bars&Pipes OS4, should update to this version.

If you test other equipment that's not listed on the website, please reply to the author so the compatibility list can be kept current.

Make beautiful music,
LyleHaze
    

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Re: USB Driver for CAMD is released
Posted on 21-Jan-2006 16:43:59
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@ LyleHaze



I am using this driver on my A1. I played 36 MIDI channels at once, using Bars and Pipes and a UM-880 USB MIDI interface. I bought the UM-880 from Amazon.com for $150.00 last week. This interface supports up to 128 MIDI channels. (Plenty of room for growth in my home studio.) And to think that I could use more than one of these at the same time...

The days of 16 MIDI channels are over!

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Re: USB Driver for CAMD is released
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Great stuff! I already got it installed Very useful

 
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Re: USB Driver for CAMD is released
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Any chance we could get a 3.x version of this driver?

I use Poseidon with Amithlon and USB works great for me. Until some new hardware appears, I have to stick with Amithlon.

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Nice work!

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great job lyle!.

keep it up.


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TJH132,
I have never worked with the Poseidon stack, so I really don't know
how difficult that might be. I am willing to work with someone
who can do the port though..

Open Call: Anyone out there with some experience writing for the
Poseidon stack who either owns some MIDI equipment or is willing
to buy some?

Check the compatibility list in the docs and write me a PM or EMail
if you want to work together on a project.

I really don't want to release the code to the public, but I would
be happy to share it with a programmer doing a Poseidon port.

Same applies for any other Amiga-esque Operating systems that have
CAMD and USB available.

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Lyle,

Great job!! Any hints as to what else might be on the horizion in your new career as a developer?

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Great work Lyle :) Works nice here.

EDIT:

@Toaks

I was tired of my old :)

@all

As there is no link to the USB list on this subject here's
http://home.bellsouth.net/p/pwp-AOne

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kicko:WHAT AN UGLY PICTURE ..scary stuff.


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Great !


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Sbaitso,
There are a few directions I could go in..
I need to update camdtools real soon now.
TSX has been updated to support another file format.
a matching program called RSX has been written.
The Cluster Requester (clist) has had a bug fixed, so
everything using it must be recompiled.
I have a half-written window to control the A/D inputs
of my MU90 synth, kind of an "effects bay" for guitar.
I'd like to expand MidiThru to include transposing and
event filtering, then write a GUI for it and call it
"PatchPanel" or something. That would be VERY useful
to integrate a midi mixer properly with the music stream.

ALL of the above could be done in relatively little time,
perhaps a few weeks if I don't have any other chores to do.

Umm, Theres so much more if I think for a minute.
I'd love to have a Graphic Midi Monitor. ShowKeys is good
but I want to see it all. I want a window to show every
MIDI channels last program change message, BY INSTRUMENT NAME.
I need an event filter to reduce the traffic that the Behringer
pipes out when I twist a knob.
I don't think CAMD has a mixer window yet.. I know most big
MIDI apps have one, but sometimes it's easier to work "outside
the box" and route the cables yourself.
Here's one that may not even be musical: A simple "launch manager"
that will run any app, script, or ARexx command when it gets a
particular "Note On" or "Note Off" message. What kind of strange
magic can you create with that?

But I wouldn't want you to think that all of my projects are for
CAMD.. No Way! I hope we will eventually get "Rules for Tools" for
Bars&Pipes OS4. Then I can write pipetools for B&P!

I have wondered more than once how hard it would be to write a
driver for one of those USB to Serial cables. There are two popular
chips being used. One manufacturer is not willing to provide programming
data to me, but the other one is if I sign a fairly standard NDA.
It would be nice to have more serial ports available, wouldn't it?
Especially if some of the boards in design now have none. I'm guessing
that the USB half would be very similar to the driver I just released,
but to make it appear as a device.. well, something new to learn.

So to answer your question.. Nope, no plans for the future.
For the next few days I'm just gonna play with some old B&P files from
a long time ago.

LyleHaze


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Great news.


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@lylehaze

Very good work!

You & Dave are starting to look like the sound guru's of OS4


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@Samwel,
Thanks, but Davy is definitely the guru of audio.
There is nowhere in the sound arena where I could
even consider approaching him. Really!
Audio is an analog thing, and I am far more digital
than analog. Fortunately for me, MIDI programming is
a way to play with music without ever leaving the
digital domain.
Wayyy back a long time ago, when I was young and
curious about things I did not understand, I bought
a fancy new computer just because it was fun to play
with. There wasn't much software available back then,
but I bought a program called "Soundscape" and I
learned how to use it. eventually I paid a big
chunk for a C compiler (Lattice at the time) and then
a real fancy music program called "Bars&Pipes". Both
Soundscape and later, Bars&Pipes were written by a guy
named "Todor Fay", and both programs allowed any user
with a C compiler to create new tools for them. That's
how I got started.

Well, years have passed. Todor went on to lead the team
that wrote "DirectMusic" for some big software place in
Redmond. I went on to learning other languages and other
applications. When Todor left the Amiga, he left a HUGE
gift for us, it was the source to Bars&Pipes. There was
a small group of programmers that he left it to, but one
was unstoppable. While the rest of us were deciding what
to fix next, Alfred had already fixed it all. So Alfred
became (and still is) the keeper of Bars&Pipes.

Now here we are, 20 years after it all began. We are
standing at the dawn of the next generation. Before we even
have a full release of the new OS, we have a solid MIDI
foundation to build on. CAMD has been ported by Davy, Alfred
has provided Bars&Pipes. It took me a bit of time, but I
managed to write a USB driver so we can have more MIDI ports.
There is already a number of Audio and MIDI applications ready
for the next generation.

We are not starting over from scratch.. we are not even starting
again from where we left off. We have a stronger platform than
we did before. We have more power, more bandwidth, more speed.

Yesterday I loaded a song file that never played well on my classic
Amigas. It was just too fast and furious. I had tried it on my
A1000, and again on my 4000/040. Nope. Maybe it was too fast for
a MIDI port, I don't know. So I loaded it into my Micro, pressed
Play on Bars, and went about browsing the web and checking my E-Mail.
Perfectly timed, I NEVER heard it play so well before. 7 minutes
later it finished, and I knew we were ahead of the game.
(YYZ by Rush, with full drums)

The "Big Investment" for me to get started was a C compiler and
Bars&Pipes. Someone starting now on the AOne gets both for free!

I'm just trying to help provide a foundation for MIDI applications,
and a comfortable place for new programmers to get started. I know
a simple driver itself is no big deal, but when combined with the
efforts of others, it might help to take OS4 into the hands of more
people.
Besides, I'm having fun!

Darn, I talk a lot in the early morning.

LyleHaze


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Hey Lyle, I think that creating that USB driver IS a big deal. You have made a wonderful contribution to this community by providing this driver. Look at the limits which would be there without it.

BTW, Great job!

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Lyle -- way to go! I can get rid of this overblown Audigy 2 ZS now -- yep, I bought a 7.1 sound card just to do MIDI. Glad there's a better solution now!

I checked out the compatibility list, and all the stuff seems either expensive, hard to find, or both. Now...I don't need a $30 MIDI interface -- I'm not that complex...my little home studio (which consists of my A1-C and my Yamaha keyboard - in our living room!) is very bachelor-sitting-at-home-wearing-nothing-but-underwear, so I don't need much. (Actually, I'm married, and I usually dress pretty fully at home!) A $30 job will do it for me.

So I check eBay, and I find the Edirol UM-1X, current bid was $16. Not bad! 100% feedback...cool! And...the guy selling it lives in my town -- and my town is VERY small, just a mile square with a very small population! Small world! Won the auction, picked up the Edirol from him on my way home, and I've been tinkering with it ever since. Works GREAT!

I'm finally figuring out Bars'n'Pipes. Very primitive program, but man, is it powerful!


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