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Thread: Can't play midi files

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Arizona U.S.A.

    Re: Can't play midi files

    Two solutions to play MIDI files:

    excellent sound: timidity + fluid-soundfont-gm
    fair to good sound: Audacious + AMidi Plug Plugin + fluid-soundfont-gm

    Timidity is a command line tool. Play files one-at-a-time, or play an entire directory. Timidity will also direct output to audio file (could be mp3 or ogg) with the identical sound so you can use them on any player. Get rid of the MIDIs.

    If you want a playlist and graphical interface and controls, try Audacious.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: Can't play midi files

    vlc will do this when built against libfluidsynth and with a soundfont installed. I have not tested this package but it looks like a good choice:
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

    Re: Can't play midi files

    But as the OP points out, this used to work. In the past I could play midi files without problems, even in the browser.

    That seems no longer to be the case.

    So the question is: what changed? Why? How can we fix this permanently?

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2013

    Re: Can't play midi files

    I have the same problem. When I had 12.04 I could play midi files just fine on totem. But now that I have 13.10, I can't. Just like pembertonq, I chose to install the restricted extras upon installation.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Re: Can't play midi files

    Quote Originally Posted by mcduck View Post
    MIDI is not a proprietary format, so ubuntu-restricted extras doesn't help.
    just install

    sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-fluidsynth

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