And ps. I know the instructions I wrote are not perfect... consider a template
and certainly an accessible and currently the easiest way to configure your
midi controller. Understandly as somebody who has only ever had to configure
lightly if anything an all ALSA, when that option did not work, what do you
expect. Totally rational on my part on all levels.
And yes they are GUI frontend-based instructions for obvious reasons.
Yoshimi is a GUI. Typical end user expects a GUI for attaching their midi
controller. This is not dinosaur linux system administration land, and I say
this from the perspective of such a person who IS capable but not going to deal
in unneeded complexity for a simple issue.
It's 2018 and linux is fully mature, much more than other OS with tons of
toolkit and gui. No sane person who does not configure sound devices, cards,
drivers, whatever, on a daily basis or remembrance of odd audio commands wants
to go CLI and screw around to attach a device that is otherwise common task via
a GUI for a reason.
You have to assume they don't know JACK (pun definitely intended).
Glad I worked it out, thanks for any helpful input - hope this helps everybody
in one way or another. Yoshimi is worth it, given its rich superb abilities.
END-NOTE final feedback. Looking forward to what the future holds in a friendly
and constructive atmosphere.
Get with the program... and make the eagle proud ;)