Setting up a MIDI Keyboard

I bought a MIDI Keyboard last year and this was the process to get it working.
Rafal Cieslak's article was helpful in getting me running and understanding what I was doing. I used another article for the setup but it is no longer online.


install jack, jackd, qsynth and qjackctl


click Setup -> Soundfonts -> Open and add the sf2 file in /usr/share/sounds/sf2

In my install, it was TimGM6mb.sf2

Click ‘Yes’ to restart the engine

qsynth setup

Plug in your USB midi controller

Open Qjackctl

click Connect

Select the ALSA tab, drag your midi controller to FluidSynth


Play Music!