THE MUSIC CORNER by Frank Lemmen
Hello freaks here's Frank again with his Music Corner. In this
issue we're going to look at some of the new MIDI and music
programs. First I want to look at two new programs from HIBRID
ARTS, INC . Both programs are completely written for MIDI usage.
The first program is ez-track ; this program is a 20 track
polyphonic digital recorder. It comes on one disk with a very
good manual. The program only works on ST-systems who are using
the ROM-based TOS.
On the disk is the program and some demo songs.
Some options of the program are:
- Play/record, when you click this icon the programs starts to
play the desired track. Ez-track is always ready to record,
so if you are playing on the keyboard while the program is
playing, the notes that you play will be recorded. After you're
done playing you can keep the piece by clicking the option
- Stop, with this option you can stop the playing or recording.
- Pause, with this option you can pause the playback. Any notes
currently playing will remain on.
- Tempo, with this option you can change the track speed. The
track speed can be from 0.5 up to 480 BPM (beats per minute).
- With the option 'thru' you can mix the incoming MIDI
information with Ez-track. And this information will be going
out together through the MIDI out bus.
The usual commands like loading, saving and formatting a disk are
Conclusion: The program is very good. But it could be better. By
better I mean that they can include more special options like
shadow tracks and delays etc. The manual is very good and
explains every option very clearly.
If you want more information about the program you can write to
me or you can write to Hybrid Arts. Their adress is:
Hybrid Arts, Inc.
11920 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Their telephone number is 213826-377; their BBS is 213826-4288
Cz Android is also a program from Hybrid Arts. The complete name
of the program is CZ-Android Casio synthesizer voice patch
librarian/editor/generator program. Pooh what a name to type.
CZ-Android only works on ROM-based ST's. If you want to make use
of this program you must have an Atari ST, and one of the
following Casio Synthesizers: CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000, CZ-5000,
CZ-1 or an CZ-230S. You must also have at least two MIDI cables
and the disk with the program can be very handy. So this program
is only there for a quite select group of people (I'm one of
those people). So if you have one of those synthesizers, you can
create voices with the program and download them to your synth.
The editor mode in the program is very nice, you can even draw
your own waveforms with the graphic option. The following
parameters can be changed with the program: DCO 1, DCO 2, DCW 1,
DCW 2, DCA 1, DCA 2, KEY FOLLOW, VIBRATO, DETUNE, WAVEFORM ONE
AND TWO, LINE, OCTAVE and the MODULATION.
The above terms will say nothing to people who do not know
anything about synthesizers. In short terms it is that you can
set several parameters so you can create your own sound.
If you press the key "A" in the editor the "droid" in the
computer will generate a random sound. This option can give
beautiful or awful sound effects. If you get a beautiful sound
you'd better save it to disk because the sound is chosen random
and there's only a small chance that you get the same sound
again. With the distort option, the computer changes some little
things like vibrato or attack. The File workbench has two
seperate workstations, so you can use 32 sounds at one time in
Conclusion: The program is absolutely fantastic for those who
have the opportunity to use it. You can create some great sound
effects with the program.
Tom Bajors did a very good job. The manual is also very good. The
only thing I'm missing in the manual are some sound examples.
Hybrid Arts has written almost the same program for the Yamaha
DX-series and it's called "DX-DRIOD".
P.S.: If anyone has sounds for Cz-Android, I'd like to
exchange them with the person.
K-Minstrel is a program from Kuma and it is programmed by Paul
Laidler. The program is designed for MIDI usage, but I think the
program is better for the internal chip of our ST than for a MIDI
synthesizer. The program works only with the MIDI out bus, so you
can listen to music on your synth. But you can't play anything
yourself. This is a serious bug I think. The program has a nice
look if you see it, but that's all folks. The music program
itself is awful I think. You can't scroll the notes; you're
doomed with pages, every time you want to change the timing of a
note you must select it. I think GEM is nice but if people use
it this way, it's inconvenient.
The program comes on a disk with some nice demo songs. The
Entertainer music is great.
Conclusion: it is not an outstanding program but it is nice. I
have seen some better programming these days.
The manual is quite good.
That's all for today, folks!
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