Rockband Drumkit midi driver for linux with cymbal support. Driver midi per batteria rockband con supporto per i piatti.

Versione Italiana segue quella inglese.


So you’re a rockband fanatic and own one of those nice new rockband pro-drumkits with the added bonus of three cymbal pads. Suppose you’re also a free software user, like tinkering and are wondering whether you can use your new toy as an e-drumkit for midi recording purposes. Well guess what you can!

Now when I started my endeavor to get this working I came across a few solutions, the easiest was rerouting  joystick input to keyboard and using those in hydrogen, but that was not midi and didn’t have velocity. I eventually found a program here, this worked very well, but unfortunately did not support cymbals for the newer pro-drumkits and had a note mapping that was useless with Hydrogen. So I figured that seeing as I talked the talk of free-software it was high time to walk the walk! I pulled out my trusty C manual and started cursing and banging my head against the wall. Eventually, more due to the original author leaving his testing code in the source than to my hacking expertise (ok so I hadn’t written a line of C in over 10 years), I cracked it.

You can find the products of my labor on this sourceforge page. You’ll find both a standard tar.gz source package and a .deb. Instructions for compilation are in the readme file.
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Lacie Ethernet Disk Mini (Linux, Ubuntu): EDmini_LogOn


If you have one of these toys and have difficulty accessing it via USB since an operating system update (ubuntu dapper to edgy did it for me and feisty did not fix it), this is how I got it to work again.

First off it won’t even start if you don’t follow the instructions I found on this French page of which I have copy/pasted the basic instructions:

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Ubuntu, stability and house-keeping. Instabilità e bug-tracking: il pessimo stato di ubuntu.


Non capisco cosa impedisca ai maintainers di ubuntu dapper drake di propagare patch di bachi ben noti e già risolti dai tempi di edgy eft a quella che dovrebbe essere la loro distribuzione con supporto tecnico a lunga scadenza, ma che razza di supporto è? Per fare un esempio c’è un baco in F-spot che non visualizza le foto rotate in portrait all’ acquisizione, che è stata ampliamente risolta, perché non renderla disponibile? Neanche un backport … non capisco … Da canto suo la feisty ha i suoi bei problemi, uno per tutti il nuovo, leggero ed apprezzabile sistema di indicizzazione di meta-dati tracker fa a pugni con l’ancora più apprezzabile barra multifunzionale deskbar-applet, Evolution da strani segni di squilibrio (continua a chedere le password di account di posta che conosce finche non gli dai annulla, invia e ricevi e poi va come se niente fosse).

Mi chiedo che fine ha fatto l’attenzione con cui si pacchettizzano i programmi e le librerie e soprattutto poi come le si mantengono. Che fine ha fatto il “tanti occhi=pochi bug” dov’è finita la leggendaria stabilità e sicurezza … Forse che con l’introduzione di eccessiva complessità nei sistemi non ci siano più le risorse umane per stargli dietro? Non lo so ma non mi piace.

P.s. se qualcuno e riuscito a far funzionare il sofware di collegamento usb del Lacie ethernet disk mini sotto fiesty sono tutto orecchi così upgrado la dapper sul portatile.


I’m an ubuntu user and before that I was a debian sid user and before that … ok you get it. I moved from sid to ubuntu when I started writing a program in python using wxpython libraries as a gui toolkit and sid threw in an API change like a spanner in my machinery and everything went pair shaped. I was not pleased matter of fact I was fuming, but I only had myself to blame as I was using an unstable branch to begin with. I moved on to Ubuntu because it froze APIs for predictable time-frames, had some nice sane presets for desktop use and it saved considerable time in customization for desktop use, plus it was debian, with a few bells and whistles. All was well breezy, was everything I expected from a desktop enhanced debian distro, sure it had it’s issues (cups for one), but there were very few distros that got it right at the time anyway.

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Ok, so I’ve just about finished setting up a high availability fileserving cluster with automatic backups, I’ve finished menacing my lusers with a LART to make sure they make regular backups… I go sit at my desk start taking a look at my research, pick up the pieces where I left them before having to find someones lost password or miss-deleted files (no, sysadmins cannot pull destroyed and overwritten data out of thin air, even if some claim the contrary for bragging purposes) to make a long story short: Bang, fizzle, pffft! Yes, that was indeed my hard-drive … And yes I hear you, of course I have a backup … well … er sort of … I mean, come on october is pretty recent init?


Fortunately I’m a lucky bastard and the screwed sectors were few and far between, I managed to regain most of my data … But boy have I learned a lesson through sheer terror …

On the bright side it gave a fantastic excuse to install ubuntu GNU/Linux fiesty fawn on the machine and I shall be telling you all about it and my new strategy for automated backups shortly on this space.


Dunque, come dire ho appena finito di “tirare a lucido” una bella coppia di serverini ridondati in alta affidabilità con sistemi di backup a prova di armageddon, ho svolto il quotidiano dovere di strigliamento dei miei utonti con particolare attenzione posta sull’utilità, no anzi sul dovere improrogabile che ciascuno ha di fare backup periodici numerosi e completi. Continue reading →