[Coco] BIN music files and karaoke?
KnudsenMJ at aol.com
KnudsenMJ at aol.com
Fri Apr 2 00:13:54 EST 2004
In a message dated 4/1/04 8:49:24 PM Eastern Standard Time, AMODMO at aol.com
> The music BIN files were created using George Quellhorst's great MUSIC3+
> program. It was described in the April 1991 RAINBOW magazine, in an
> George Quellhorst entitled "Resounding CoCo". It represented a major
> an older program called MUSIC+.
OK, thanks, now I think I vaguely remember that. I was subscribing to the
Rainbow well into its newspaper-format days, so must have seen that, but I never
got into the type-all-day program entry masochism (gave it up after my KIM-1
"The MUSIC3+ program uses HSCREEN4 to place
> real notes on the screen, not letters or numbers, and it has a 17 column
> allowing 68 notes to be displayed on the screen simultaneously", the
> introductory description says.
So it was a poor man's Lyra or UltiMusE or Musica3 -- real notes. Cool.
> Each note is entered (up to four notes in each space) one at a
> time. It sounds laborious but really wasn't too bad.
Did you enter the notes from the keyboard only, or could you use the
joystick/mouse? Four harmony parts is par for the course in direct software synthesis
-- don't recall anyone doing more.
>George Quellhorst also
> wrote a PLAYER program, which reads a disk's directory and displays the
> music (BIN) files on the screen. By moving the cursor, using the arrow
> select the tune you want to play.
Good, a jukebox program. I wrote one like that for UltiMusE (.UME) files. I
should have made a version for MIDI (.MID) files too.
> My final effort
> was SONGBOOK, which uses a directory display much like George Quellhorst's
> PLAYER program. When you move the cursor, using arrow keys, to select a
> press P (for Play), the music BIN file LOADMs and the TEXT file of the
> name is LOADed and is displayed on the screen, one verse at a time, and
> music plays again for each verse.
OK, now I see how you synchronized the lyrics with the music -- display a
whole verse at a time, and each verse replays the whole file. Works fine as long
as there isn't an Intro, Vamp, or Coda in the BIN file.
> It works fine and it remains the most satisfying
> BASIC program I ever wrote. Dave Otis.
Music programs are like that -- the satisfaction is never-ending! People are
still tinkering with Dennis QUAVER.
Congrats on a good program -- Mike K.
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