I did what is on this page: http://manual.ardour.org/setting-up-your-system/setting-up-midi/midi-on-linux/
In terminal I get this:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:~$ a2jmidid -e
JACK MIDI <-> ALSA sequencer MIDI bridge, version 8 (7383d268c4bfe85df9f10df6351677659211d1ca) built on Wed Dec 31 19:00:00 1969
Copyright 2006,2007 Dmitry S. Baikov
Copyright 2007,2008,2009,2011,2012 Nedko Arnaudov
Using JACK server ‘default’
Hardware ports will be exported.
Press ctrl-c to stop the bridge
port created: Midi Through  (capture): Midi Through Port-0
port created: Midi Through  (playback): Midi Through Port-0
port created: M Audio Audiophile 24/96  (capture): M Audio Audiophile 24/96 MIDI
port created: M Audio Audiophile 24/96  (playback): M Audio Audiophile 24/96 MIDI
When I go back to QJackCtl and click on Connect (this is what was meant by "Check available MIDI ports
If you have correctly configured JACK for MIDI, then your MIDI ports should appear in qjackctl under Connections > MIDI . ") I am showing no MIDI ports. What did I do wrong?
So Before I hit save here on this post I just tried something. I changed my setting in QJackCtl to hw:M2496,0 that was in the drop down list, restarted and now I have a2j connections showing up in Connections for MIDI in QJackCtl. Breaking new ground here. This is most likey why I was having issues in Bitwig with the onboard M-Audio 24/96 ports. Ok before I post this I will fire up Ardour and see if I’m good to go.
Before I do here is another question. Ardour runs Jack on its own? Do I need to have Jack running first? Or should I close it? I’m not sure so I will do the script thing as described for a2j and close it then start Ardour.
It may be stupid but I am going to detail what I am doing in hope you can see what I am doing wrong (or right) here.
Ok did the script and now Jack is locking up. In terminal it is saying ERROR: a2j_destroy: Cannot close jack client (-1) after a few tries things seem to have normalized and QjackCtl started the the a2j midi conenctions are there. Now to close QJackCtl and start Ardour.
Started Ardour. I am selecting the MIDI option for “alsa jack 2 1.9.8 and later” Also the audio defalts (Jack, ALSA, M-Audiophile 24/96)
Added a MIDI track and selcted none as the synth.
Opened WIndow then MIDI Connections, then on the left clicked on Ardour Tracks, and on the bottom selected Hardware and the only option showing was “system” so I connected them.
CLicking on the Piano Roll keys I get the sound of a toy synth, no drums. somehting is worng.
Is jack running in the background? I will click on QJackCtl and see. It appears it was not. Guess I answer my earlier question. CLosing Ardour and restarting with a clean slate.
Ah! Now in MIDI connection manager ther is some extra stuff! But just in the Ardour Misc. So I again connected as descripbed above, fingers crossed…
Still the toy synth sound, no drums
Wait!! It was suppose to be set to playback to ALL Channels However for grins I selected Channel 10- the channel I have my drum machine set to WE HAVE DRUMS!!!
Well on to Phase 2 now. For most people here I am sure all this seems stupid. However, if your a guitar player moving from the comfort of Pro Tools and WIndows, were using A drum Plug in and now you have to use some outboard gear and have not much idea about MIDI maybe it will help?
I will see how I do with getting the clock start stop going, and the loops.