Contents of the README file
ACCU MUSIC SYSTEM v3.2 - Allows you to
create music on your computer. You can:
use graphics-based (or text-based) editor to
enter notes and view them on the screen;
transpose music to change key signatures or
raise/lower music by half steps; play music
on PC speaker or Adlib compat. sound card;
print music in sheet music format on
printer; convert music to/from .ROL sound
card format, etc. Allows multi-voice songs.
ACCU Music System
Copyright 1993 by Kevin Fischer
Version 3.2 - February 10, 1993
NOTE: The documentation is contained in a self-extracting .EXE file.
When you use the INSTALL program, you can copy it over in normal text
First, you will need to install ACCU Music System onto another floppy disk
or to a hard disk directory. Here's some brief instructions on how to do
Begin, by running the INSTALL.EXE program from either the disk or hard
disk directory where the files for the program are located.
NOTE: Be sure to change to the drive or directory where INSTALL.EXE is
located (i.e. don't type B:INSTALL).
It will first ask you if you want to read this README file.
Next, it will go through the modules which you can install. You do not
have to install all of them, but it is recommended that you install the
program files for ACCU Music System and the documentation. The INTUNE
module is only for .ROL song playing on sound cards. If you DO NOT have a
sound card, you do not need to install this. Just select the modules you
want or don't want by press Y or N.
You will then be prompted for a destination drive. Press the letter of
the drive to install to. It will then prompt you for a directory (it
defaults to \MUSICSYS). Press ENTER to keep it, or change it as you
please. It will then check the available space on your destination
location and then install the modules you selected. You will see it
uncompress the modules into destination drive/directory.
If you are working with a floppy drive only system, you may have to do
multiple installations in order to get it completely installed. This is
because if you are installing to your 2nd floppy, the music program and
the INTUNE program may not both fit. With 720k, 1.2mb, and 1.44mb floppy
disks, this shouldn't be a problem.
After running the installation program, it will automatically change to
the drive and directory where you installed the program and run
MUSICSYS.EXE for you. (NOTE: If you only installed INTUNE, this will not
This section is only if the above installation did not work okay.
First, make a directory to store the files.
Example: MD \MUSICSYS
Go to the location of the distribution files.
Use the COPY command to copy any non-.EXE files:
COPY file destination
Example: COPY README destination
(where destination might be: C:\MUSICSYS)
Use the name of each .EXE file to unarchive it, followed by the
destination directory: program destination
Example: ACCUMUSC.EXE destination
(where destination might be: C:\MUSICSYS)
This program is being distributed as ShareWare. This means that I
encourage the passing around of it and its availability to the public. It
also means that I invite you to register your copy of ACCU Music System.
The shareware version of the program is identical to the registered
version of the program. NOTE: There is a begging screen when you exit
the program and a one-line registration reminder that appears on all
printed sheet music. If you register, BOTH of these annoyances WILL be
disabled by the registration code. Please register this program if you
continue to use it in the future. See the documentation and REGISTER.FRM
for more information on registering.
USES FOR THIS PROGRAM:
This program includes everything that you need to create your own music on
your computer. It has a graphics-based (or text-based) editor which
allows you to enter notes and see them on the screen as well. It includes
a transposer which will let you change the key signature of your music as
well as raise/lower your music by half steps. It also allows you to print
out your music in sheet music format. It allows you to play your music on
the PC speaker or on a sound card. Finally, you can convert your songs to
the .ROL format for distribution. Your songs can range from simple one
voice files to complex multiple-voice songs with multiple instruments,
Previous users of this program have found this program useful for many
applications. Below is a list of possible uses:
- Use this for typing in your own musical compositions and seeing
how they sound. Then print out your music for others to play.
- Type in parts from band or orchestra. Print it out so you can
read the music better (rather than trying to read someone else's
poorly handwritten music). Transpose the music to another key
signature for easier playing. Transpose the music to another
instrument (i.e. Bass clef baritone to treble clef) by raising
or lower it by half steps. Play it on the speaker or sound card
so you can hear what it is supposed to sound like.
- Use it to keep a collection of scales, etudes, or songs on file
for other students.
- Use this program to type in music for your students for
distribution to them. This is a low-cost alternative to
professional music packages.
- Use it for transposing parts for different instruments.
- Use it for teaching about music - notes, chords, etc. Combine
both the printouts and playing ability to demonstrate music
o Sound card owners
- Use this program to create music for your Adlib compatible sound
card. Use standard music notation rather than unfamiliar
'player piano' style of composition.
- Use it to print out copies of your music.
- Use it to convert your collection of .ROL files to sheet music
printouts so you can play the songs yourself (on a keyboard,
with an instrument, etc.).
o Music Enthusiasts
- Use it to create your own printed sheet music rather than
handwriting the music. It makes it easier if you make mistakes
or change the music often.
- Play your music so you can hear what it sounds like.
o Religious leaders or religious music organizers
- Use it for creating readable music for your organist or other
- Use it for creating a music book.
Quite a few of the above applications have been used with ACCU Music
System by registered users. I'm sure there are other uses I have not
thought of as well.
SOUND CARD USE
In order to use a sound card with ACCU Music System, you need an Adlib
compatible sound card. You will also need a sound driver and a .ROL music
file player. See the documentation for complete information on how to
obtain all of this (see SOUND CARD USE).
Included with ACCU Music System is the shareware program InTune which is a
.ROL music file player. It is NOT written by me, but by shareware author
Doug Brandon. The version included is the UNREGISTERED, SHAREWARE
version. I have included it for your convenience. If you decide to
continue using Intune, please register it with Doug Brandon. See the
documentation of InTune for information on registering it.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
ACCU Music System is written in C++ (although most of it is standard C)
and compiled with Borland C++ 3.1. It started out as a BASIC program on
my Atari. It easily outgrew that and so was rewritten in C on the IBM.
It is currently over 30,000 lines long. Any comments or questions about
the program and how it works are welcome.
This program was formerly named ACCU Music Printer. I changed the name
starting with version 3.0 to reflect the fact that not only does it print
music, but it edits it, transposes it, converts it, plays it, AND prints
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am currently attending the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA),
majoring in Computer Science. I am a sophomore there this fall. My
permanent address is in Poway, California which is a city only 30 miles
away from downtown San Diego. I have been programming for a number of
years. I first started out on the Atari 800 with BASIC and have
progressed to C on the IBM PC. I have written several other shareware
programs for the IBM. I have an interest in music, thus the writing of
ACCU Music System.
If you have any ideas for other programs, please let me know.
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Professionals (ASP). ASP wants to make sure that the shareware principle
works for you. If you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem
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