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May 17th, 2010, 01:38 AM
Hi all,

I just switched over to Ubuntu this week due to problems with my previous OS. I have an M-audio Keystation 88es that I was using with Live 8.1.1 on Windows XP, but when I tried to install Live on the new OS I couldn't. Is there an Ubuntu compatible software/drivers that will allow me to manage/play my midi keyboard? I've tried a few programs but with no luck so far. Any help would be appreciated.


May 17th, 2010, 02:23 AM
I just recently hooked up my Midiman M-Audio Keystation. I had to use midisport-firmware to get it working. Once it's loaded up you will probably need Jack for most of the audio programs. I just checked out what software the studio distributions used for software ideas. Check out the Ubuntu Studio (http://ubuntustudio.org/) or 64 Studio (http://www.64studio.com/) websites.

May 23rd, 2010, 01:02 PM
So did this work? And if so how did you get it to work? I am thinking about buying the M-AUDIO Keystation 88es keyboard, but it is mandatory for me that it works on Ubuntu, so it would be nice to hear you experience with it :)

May 23rd, 2010, 03:29 PM
I'm using an oxygen 61 by m-audio. I'll tell you my setup it may help. I start JACK CONTROL turn the keyboard on and then you can use YOSHIMI, PHASEX that are synthetizers, and QSYNTH to manage soundfonts. Through JACK you conect, just like if it was a mixer, the keyboard to the software in the direction you want. I think that what you are looking for is Qsynth to load soundfonts.

May 23rd, 2010, 04:01 PM
I know the basics of Jack, but I was interested in knowing if the "M-Audio Keystation 88es" would work with Ubuntu :)

May 23rd, 2010, 04:22 PM
oh, all right, I misunderstood. All I can say is that my Oxygen works perfectly, did you try using a soundfont in qsynth? I don't know what's "Live".

http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/126408 (http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/126408)

December 1st, 2010, 09:07 PM
No news on the 88es ?

December 2nd, 2010, 01:03 AM
I ended up buying the Yamaha PSR-E423 which is plug and play on Ubuntu :) It is not a 88 key but 61 is also fine for me :)

February 20th, 2012, 12:24 PM
I got the M-Audio Keystation 88es and can report that it worked fine using fluidsynth and qsynth.