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Re: What can we expect in the near future?

From: Jussi Kalliokoski <jussi.kalliokoski@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:41:49 +0300
Message-ID: <CAJhzemVnoKTsyBGfcNM63R-_eSDcH5rTgoX963rYGCYwkf-Gfw@mail.gmail.com>
To: TJ <zoomclub@gmail.com>
Cc: public-audio@w3.org
Hey TJ!

This group is also working on Web MIDI API [1], alongside with the Web
Audio API [2].

The Web MIDI API is a very simplistic approach, as opposed to the bloated
Java MIDI API. There's no notion of a sequencer, etc. as these are usually
best left as userland libraries (as you said), because we can't hope to
make a MIDI sequencer API that covers all the possible use cases in the
best possible way, nor does the browser API land enjoy the benefits of
userland libraries' quick fixability.


[1] https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/audio/raw-file/tip/midi/specification.html
[2] https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/audio/raw-file/tip/webaudio/specification.html

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM, TJ <zoomclub@gmail.com> wrote:

> We are coming from Java, which was just barely okay for sound. There was
> the Java Sound API sequencer which was horrible and we ended up writing our
> own. All we needed was to create MIDI messages on the fly while iterating
> over a custom score structure not all the baggage of the Java sequencer. I
> see that some JS libraries like mudcube-midi-js are still using the nearly
> useless Java sequencer, to bad.
> Having our own sequencer (the model itself) we are most interested in
> operations to create the full set of MIDI messages. How far along is the
> new standard on this aspect? We can roll our own library for this plus
> there are a few JS libraries for this type of thing in the wild but we
> prefer to use a standard package if possible.
> To us, external MIDI device support for recording and playback is a
> completely separate option but what is available for IO here so far, that
> does not reply on Java?
> Audio signal processing seems to be the focus, will the outcome be a
> streamlined MIDI to synth to mixer using effects toolkit? It seems this is
> the area that lacks the most, some good synth options that can load a full
> set of alternative timbres. What can we expect as far as synths and
> soundfonts go? Right now, it looks like each HTML5 or mobile app is doing
> its own basic sine wave type generator. Therefore, that old Java stuff is
> remaining relevant.
> We are just catching up with the many excellent things going on in the
> HTML5 arena, hoping to learn more, cheers!
Received on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:42:23 UTC

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