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Linux support
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:46:27 pm »
Hey everyone here, newcomer to this forum and recent owner of a drumbrute. Mostly satisfied with it so far except for one major PITA: you can't configure the midi part without some proprietary software that only runs on Windows and MacOS - bad luck, I'm a Linux user and obviously Arturia don't give a sh... about Linux users. This really pisses me off, to the point I'm considering sending this thing back despite it's other qualities.

The first thing that pisses me off is of course having to use software to configure a piece of hardware - one of the reasons I'm going hardware is to not depend on having a PC up and running. But then I should have to buy Windows, install it along my Linux distro, and stop my session, launch Windows, quit Windows and relaunch my session just to change the midi channel or something ? I spent the same amount of good money as anyone else on this gear, I deserve to be treated the same.  >:(


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Re: Linux support
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2018, 12:50:17 am »

I am confronted with the same problem, but I refuse to install Windows at all. So far I managed to install both, the Software Center and the MIDI Control Center, using wine. I use Debian stable, the steps are:

1.) run: $ sudo apt update && sudo apt install wine
2.) run: $ wine

Command 2.) informed me that multiarch support was missing and presented the command to change that. I ran that command as well.

3.) run: $ winecfg

In Debian stable, wine defaults to Win XP, command 3.) opens a window where wine can be set to Win 7, 8.x or 10, which are required for the Arturia software.

At this point one can download the .exe files of the Software Center and MIDI Control Center and install them by navigating to the Download directory and run the following command:

4.) run: $ wine *The.exeYouWantToInstall*.exe

So far, so good. Now here's the problem I'm stuck with: the Drumbrute isn't recognized by the MIDI Control Center. Since I run Debian stable, the wine version is outdated. The wine manual says that in older versions of wine USB ports are not automatically recognized (maybe anyone with a more up-to-date distro can give feedback if updating wine will solve the issue?).

My Drumbrute is directly connected to my laptop, so I went to ~/.wine/dosdevices and entered the USB ports myself (as the wine manual suggests). In my /dev directory I found /dev/ttyS0-3 (my poorish google skills found out that these are supposed to be the mainboard USB ports, is that right?), so I ran:

5.) run: $ ln -s /dev/ttyS0 com1 && ... && ln -s /dev/ttyS3 com4

This created the COM ports 1-4 and linked them to /dev/ttyS0-3. According to the internet, this should have done the trick, but it didn't. I also added my user to the groups "dialout' and 'tty', still the Drumbrute isn't recognized. Anyone have an idea, why the Drumbrute isn't recognized?

And also, isn't there a way to to update the Drumbrute via SYSEX and configure it via MIDI CC?



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