Playing MIDI files under Ubuntu

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Problem :

UPDATE: Found a more detailed and comprehensive explanation here.

Original Question:

I’m trying to play MIDI files under Linux. This is what I found so far:

sudo apt-get install fluid-soundfont-gm timidity timidity-interfaces-extra

then run

timidity -iA

in terminal first to get started. It should give something like this

timidity -iA
Requested buffer size 32768, fragment size 8192
ALSA pcm 'default' set buffer size 32768, period size 8192 bytes
TiMidity starting in ALSA server mode
Opening sequencer port: 129:0 129:1 129:2 129:3

However, all that I got is:

$ timidity -iA
/etc/timidity/freepats.cfg: No such file or directory
timidity: Error reading configuration file.
Please check /etc/timidity/timidity.cfg

Solution :

/etc/timidity/freepats.cfg is part of the package freepats on Ubuntu 14.04.

Try running

sudo apt-get install freepats

Then try starting timidity again.

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