THE MUSIC CORNER By Frank Lemmen
Hi, music freaks. I'm back with a new Music Corner. In this Music
Corner I will give you a review of a new MIDI music program from
Michtron called "Super Conductor"; also, I wil give some tips
how you can program your MIDI synth using simple GfA-Basic
commands and programs.
"Super Conductor" is a new MIDI program from the software
company Michtron Inc. When you start up the program you expect to
see a screen filled with buttons and displays (like "Twenty Four
V2.0). But if "Super Conductor" starts up, you'll see nothing
but a simple GEM menu bar and you see F1-F10 printed in the
middle of your screen. At first sight I thought that it was a
simple sequenzer and nothing more.
After a few seconds I pushed one of the function keys on the
keyboard. ZAP! Another screen came with lots of functions and 16
record tracks. So, under each function key are 16 tracks - that's
a total of 160 tracks (since we have 10 function keys). Even
"Twenty Four V2.0" and "Miditrack Professional" don't have that
much tracks if you add them together.
When I saw the new screen I saw the option 'load song'. I
executed this option and loaded the song "Eyesky" into my ST's
memory. After I loaded the song I had a free memory space of 707
Kb. When you see the screen after you loaded a song, you will see
that the tracks are divided into blocks. Each blok has its own
length and name. With the block options, like 'Edit',
'Quantitize', 'Copy', 'Delete', 'Name' and 'Transpose', you can
work with these blocks. When you choose the edit option, you
have to type in the block's name and after you've done that you
will see the notes that you've played, program change, channel
pressure, control changes, etc.
You can change all of these things. So the program is very user-
friendly. When I played the song "Eyesky", the computer started
to play on his internal soundchip and on the synthesizer
simultaneously. So you can play a song trough MIDI, record it
and play it back on the internal sound chip of your ST. You can
set a channel onto the internal chip by changing the MIDI channel
to I1, I2 or I3 - so, the 'I' stands for internal.
There are two options that I would like to see in further updates
from this program. The first one is that you can change the
settings of the the internal chip (waveforms, ADSR etc.) and the
option so that it can display notes on paper.
If the writers include these options and make the program a bit
further userfriendly, it can compete with the BIG boys like
"Twenty Four" or "Miditrack Professional".
Our next item is to program your MIDI synth with simple GfA-Basic
The routines I'm going to give you are extremely utterly
magnificently disgustingly simple, so don't expect wonders from
With this first routine, you can put PORTAMENTO ON and OFF (see
Out 3,176 !This command
Out 3,65 !sets the portamento
Out 3,127 !on
Out 3,176 !and off again
This routine changes the synth program to another program:
Out 3,192 !program change
Out 3,Sound !sound stands for the select sound that you want
With this last routine you can get a kind of echo effect. This
option is also included in "Super Conductor".
Do ! with this program you get a sort of echo effect
A%=Inp(3) ! if you set the pause on 1 the echo wil be later
' Pause 0 ! the higher the number, the later the echo
These example programs only work if you have a synth with a MIDI,
so these routines do not affect the internal chip. Pity.
Well I hope you've learned something about it. If you have
written some nice routines yourself, please let us know.
The next time, I shall publish a program wich can set the speed
of the drumcomputer in a Casio CZ-230S
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