Rosegarden
3rd Mar, 2014
Rosegarden 14.02 “Kaleidoscope” released
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22nd Jul, 2013
Rosegarden 13.06 “Imagination” released
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Rosegarden 13.04 “Allysand” released
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Rosegarden 13.02 “Handel” released!
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“Improving Your Linux System For Creating Music” tutorial by Aere Greenway is published.

Using infrared remote controls with Rosegarden

Rosegarden can use infrared remote controls for some functions like transport buttons and track navigation. At a low level, support for infrared remote controls is provided by LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control). There is a daemon named "lircd" that serves messages from the IR remotes to client aplications. You can find more information about LIRC in their web site at http://www.lirc.org

At a higher level, KDE applications may use an application named IRKick (the KDE LIRC Server daemon) to manage the remote control behavior when used with KDE applications. Using this program, KDE applications can receive LIRC messages without needing to be implemented explicitly as LIRC clients. You can find this program in your Linux distribution as a package named "kdelirc", or belonging to "kdeutils".

Rosegarden has both an internal LIRC client, that can be optionally compiled into the program, and also has support for IRKick. The internal LIRC support may be useful when you don't use the KDE desktop with Rosegarden, or when you don't want to use IRKick. If you already use an infrared remote control with other KDE applications with IRKick, you may use also Rosegarden in the same way.

1.  LIRC Daemon Setup

First, it is necessary to install and configure the LIRC daemon. See http://www.lirc.org/html documentation to find information about how to configure the lircd daemon. The details are different depending on the infrared receiver that you use, and the remote control model.

As an example, here is the howto for a modern digital TV USB receiver: http://mcentral.de/wiki/index.php/LircRemote

2.  LIRC Client

If you want to use the internal LIRC client compiled into Rosegarden, you need to provide a configuration file. It is usually located in your home directory with the name ".lircrc", and here is where you define the bindings between the remote control buttons and the application functions. Here is an example of such configuration.

  # ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  # lircrc.rosegarden
  #
  # Example .lircrc config file for rosegarden.
  # Adjust the "button =" lines to your remote control in your ~/.lircrc
  # ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  begin rosegarden
    # ------------------------------
    # rosegarden transport
    # ------------------------------
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = FORWARD
      config = FORWARD
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = REWIND
      config = REWIND
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = PLAY
      config = PLAY
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = STOP
      config = STOP
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = RECORD
      config = RECORD
    end
    # (mis-)use volume up/down for jumping to beginning/end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = VOLUMEUP
      config = FORWARDTOEND
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = VOLUMEDOWN
      config = REWINDTOBEGINNING
    end
    # ------------------------------
    # track navigation
    # ------------------------------
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = CHANNELUP
      config = TRACK-
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = CHANNELDOWN
      config = TRACK+
    end
    # track LED's
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = MUTE
      config = TRACK-MUTE
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = MENU
      config = TRACK-RECORD
    end
    # redo/undo
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = REDO
      config = REDO
    end
    begin
      prog = rosegarden
      button = UNDO
      config = UNDO
    end
  end rosegarden

3.  IRKick support

The IRKick profile was already installed in your system when you installed Rosegarden. You only need to start the IRKick program, and use the configuration dialog to bind the buttons of your remote control to the actions provided by Rosegarden. You may also bind a remote button to any Rosegarden function exported in a DCOP interface.

You can find IRKick somewhere in your K menu. The exact place depends on your KDE distribution and version, look at System/Desktop Applet or System/Configuration.

Once you have both LIRC and IRKick running, you need to bind the remote control buttons to Rosegarden actions. To do so, use the "Configure" dialog, which is also available as a KControl module. Press the "add..." button to open a wizard. The first step is to select Rosegarden in the applications list. Next, choose a remote control button name, and press next. Then, select the function which you want to perform with the remote control button. The last page allows to select some options. You can repeat the procedure for each button, but you don't need to use all of them.