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You can play MIDI files in several ways - see the page PlayingMidiFiles for more details. One way is to use a MIDI keyboard or instrument connected to the MIDI interface of your soundcard. However, if you do not have a MIDI keyboard or instrument available, you can still play MIDI files using a software synthesizer (aka softsynth) which converts the MIDI data to audio samples and plays them on the PCM device of your soundcard. Some examples of software synthesizers are:

GusSoundfont has information on gt, a version of timidity that does 4 and 6 channel sound using Alsa.

patched source files for using Timidity++ for 4 and 6 channel sound with Alsa are at

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