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Calliope Music Vision v1.3:Single-track Midi music player for the Sound Blaster. Includes .ROL to .MDI converter progrm & several music files. Mouse/keyboard and pop-up file selection.

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Calliope Music Vision 1.4:The BEST Single-trk
Midi music player for the Sound Blaster. In-
cludes .ROL > .MDI (Midi) converter program
and several music files. Pop-up File Select
Window w/sort options. Now has INSTANT/AUTO
REPLAY/Exit to Menu or File Window/Larger on
screen Music Queue/Now bypass opening screen
w/any key/Est.Time/CountDwn more. UNCRIPPLED.

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Calliope Music Vision v1.3:Single-track Midi music player for the Sound Blaster. Includes .ROL to .MDI converter progrm & several music files. Mouse/keyboard and pop-up file selection.
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AXEL-F.MDI 25684 2325 deflated
CMV.DOC 19015 7132 deflated
CMV.EXE 85913 82925 deflated
CRMARY.MDI 23987 2429 deflated
END_ROAD.MDI 23210 4249 deflated
ENTERRAG.MDI 30901 3147 deflated
FILE_ID.DIZ 410 305 deflated
GIMMELOV.MDI 33408 2289 deflated
HOEDOWN.MDI 16869 2526 deflated
HUMDRUM.MDI 11848 2773 deflated
MEMORIES.MDI 21996 4185 deflated
MOZART1.MDI 6487 1465 deflated
REGISTER.FRM 2148 619 deflated
ROL2MIDI.EXE 23404 22558 deflated
URBANISM.MDI 22450 4164 deflated
VENDOR.DOC 2422 832 deflated

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Contents of the CMV.DOC file

Copyright (c) 1992 Melvin Douglas All Rights Reserved
Single-Track Midi Music Player
for the
Sound Blaster Sound Card
Version 1.4 July 1992


CALLIOPE MUSIC VISION software is hereafter referred to as CALLIOPE.

Users of CALLIOPE must accept this disclaimer of warranty:

"CALLIOPE is supplied as is. The author disclaims all warranties,
expressed or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of
merchantability and of fitness for any purpose. The author assumes no
liability for damages, direct or consequential, which may result from
the use of CALLIOPE."

CALLIOPE is a "shareware program" and is provided at no charge to the
user for evaluation. Feel free to share it with your friends, but
please do not give it away altered or as part of another system. The
essence of "user-supported" software is to provide personal computer
users with quality software without high prices, and yet to provide
incentive for programmers to continue to develop new products. If you
find this program useful and find that you are using CALLIOPE and
continue to use CALLIOPE after a 21 day trial period, you must make a
registration payment of $20.00 U.S Dollars.

To register this copy, print and complete the REGISTER.FRM file
and send it along with the registration fee of $20 directly to:

Melvin Douglas
Post Office Box 141
Uniondale, New York

Adlib is a registered trademark of Adlib inc.
Sound Blaster is a registered trademark of Creative Labs Inc.
QuickBasic is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

CMV.EXE - Calliope program
CMV.DOC - Calliope documentation
ROL2MIDI.EXE - Conversion utility program
REGISTER.FRM - Registration form
FILE_ID.DIZ - BBS file description text
VENDOR.DOC - Vendor distribution agreement
*.MDI - several pre-converted midi music files

Note: A music file with the extension ".ROL" is an Adlib format sound file.
".ROL" files may be found on almost any Bulletin Board system or may be
purchased from many of the shareware distributors.

In case you don't read any further, note that you may use any key on the
command line as a switch to bypass the opening screen: i.e., "CMV X".


Thank you for trying CALLIOPE MUSIC VISION (CMV). This program was created
for use with a Sound Blaster sound board. It will play single track Midi
compatible music files. Included with CALLIOPE is a program (ROL2MIDI.EXE)
which allows you to easily convert a .ROL file into a Midi compatible
(.MDI) file, which is a type 0 midi. CALLIOPE IS NOT CRIPPLED IN ANY WAY.

To convert any .ROL file to MIDI format, do the following:

C>ROL2MIDI filename /Bbankfile /Onewfile

for example, to convert ROCKNROL.ROL to ROCKNROL.MDI using the
STANDARD instrument bankfile: (.ROL files require Instrument bank files)

C>ROL2MIDI rocknrol.rol /Bstandard.bnk /Orocknrol.mdi

Note: Case is sensitive.

The resulting file is the only format that CALLIOPE will recognize and
play. MDI files do not require Bank (.BNK) or instrument files once they
have been converted from their .ROL format into single track Midi's. All
of the musical information is self contained in a single compact file.

Several pre-converted files are included so that you may experience the
"Sight and Sound" of CALLIOPE immediately. Simply copy all of the CALLIOPE
files into a separate directory and type CMV (then press ENTER).


o An IBM PC/XT/AT/386/486 or true "compatible" running
MS-DOS or PC-DOS 3.0 or later.

o 528K System Memory.

o CGA/EGA/VGA Video Adaptor.
Note that screen activity may be sluggish on a CGA equipped
XT systems.

o One floppy disk drive or hard drive.

o A Sound Blaster Sound board.


Like many others before me, when I first purchased my sound board, I
rediscovered all of my old games which supported sound, and seemingly my PC
was a whole new thing again. Then, I became interested in the board's
ability to play music (or simulate playing music).

Most of the available music players were good, but I found that I wanted to
know more about the music that was playing...not just the filename and it's
size. I also wanted a display that was dynamic rather than static,
something that presented me with lots of information, and I wanted more
control of the file selection process too.

But there were so many music formats...rol's, mid's, mod's, cmf's and more.
For some reason "Midi" music appealed to me, but programs that play Midi
music were mostly for multiple track Midi's (.MID files - Type 1).

Single track Midi's (.MDI - Type 0) can be created from existing .ROL
files. There must be a "bizillion" rol files in the world, so this format
already has a large base of available music to support it.

Those are some of the reasons CALLIOPE was created. Here is a list of the
features that CALLIOPE will provide. I hope you like them well enough to
make CALLIOPE your favorite Music Player.


File Selection Via a Popup scrolling window, plus:

- Sort files by Name, Size or Date.
- Tag or un-tag single files or ALL files.
- Support for 1000 files.

A Play-Mode screen which provides the following information:

- Shows the amount of available conventional memory. (Refreshed
after each song is completed).
- The I/O port address and IRQ location of your sound board.
- Name of the current directory and or sub-directory.
- Name of the music currently playing displayed in a scrolling panel.
- Name of the next three music files that you have selected.
- The total number of selections that you have made.
- The number of selections remaining to be played.
- The number of the current selection.
- The elapsed time for the current selection.
- The ESTIMATED time for all remaining songs to be played.
- The status of AutoReplay toggle.

Note that the word estimated is emphasized. Time estimates are
based on an average-bytes-per-minute and readjust for each new song.
It may be off by plus or minus 5 minutes (or more). It's only an
estimate. Also note that all number counts STOP during a REPLAY and
continue when regular play is resummed.

File Buffer Information:

- The current size of the buffer.
- The byte currently being processed in the buffer (ascending).
- The percentage of the buffer already processed.
- The mode of the current music: MELODIC or PERCUSSIVE.

A Status window to advise you of any changes:
- The Status Window will keep you advised of program changes/errors.
- In addtion, the lower portion of the Status Window will advise you
if AutoReplay is active or not, since it is a delayed command.
- Plus various symbols to provide an alternate measure of music duration.
- A pointer-bar graphic across the top row for estimating the music
duration from a distance. Admittedly, some of these are redundant,
but,.... so what?

Active Play Controls are as follows:

- Pause the music.
- Continue music from a paused state.
- Skip the current music (immediate).
- Interrupt music and Replay the CURRENT song.
- Invoke a delayed interruption causing the current song to replay
upon its completion. This is a TOGGLE command, and may be reversed.
- Cancel music play mode and return to the Main Menu.
- Cancel music play mode and return to the File Selection Window.
- While in the REPLAY screen, Pause, Continue and Exit are available.


I tried to make CALLIOPE as intuitive as possible so that you can use it
"right out of the box". However, all software should contain at least a
brief explanation of the available commands, so here it is:

When CALLIOPE is first invoked, the file selection window will popup and
search the current directory for all files with an extension of .MDI, and
will present a list of these files within this window. If no matching
files are found, CALLIOPE will notify you of this via a popup message
window, allowing you to return to the DOS prompt. While the files are
displayed, you may scroll the window up or down to view, select or deselect
files. Selected files are marked with a Musical Note symbol for easy recog-

After a while you will get bored with the opening screen, so......

COMMAND LINE: You may use any key as a command line switch in order to
bypass the opening screen. For instance, "CMV x", where
"x" may be any letter or number.


The File Selection Window will automatically pop-up upon first invocation
of the program. On slower machines, this may take a second or two. Other-
wise, you may activate the File Selection Window by type Alt-M.



Tag one file at a time by pressing the RIGHT ARROW key, or RIGHT
ARROW key. Unshifted, the highlighted bar will move down one file after
each tag. Shifted, it will move up one file. Un-tag is exactly the same
except using the LEFT ARROW key.

will produce the same effect as Left or Right arrows.

Tag all files using (Ctrl> RIGHT ARROW, and un-tag all files with

Pressing RETURN after selecting files will immediately begin the Play mode
and music will start. If you press Escape after making a selection(s), the
selected files will be abandoned and you will be returned to the main menu.

Additionally, if you press RETURN without selecting any files, you will be
returned to the main menu.


Sorting is easy, just pick a number (as follows):

1 = Sort by filename.
2 = Sort by file size.
3 = Sort by file date.

During Music Play, the following commands are available:

PAUSE Command: (P)

Pressing "P" will temporarily PAUSE the current music. While PAUSE is
active, the CONTINUE command is highlighted and other commands will be
visually de-emphasized. The elapsed time display will be blocked however,
the time will continue to count-down in the background.

NOTE: Occasionally, when you select the PAUSE command, it may get stuck on
a note that refuses to be silent. If this happens, use the "C" command to
CONTINUE and then use the "P" command again until the sound fades out.

CONTINUE Command: (C)

Pressing "C" will CONTINUE music, or reverse a PAUSE command. Music will
resume playing from the point that it was PAUSED.

SKIP Command: (S)

Pressing "S" will terminate the current music and will play the next music
in the queue immediately. You may also use this command to move to the next
song if the current song gets "stuck" or just stops playing (probably a cor-
rupt file). Skip is not available during REPLAY.

The term "skip" in this instance means that the music was aborted during
play rather than actually "skipped over" before being heard.

REPLAY Command: (R)

Pressing "R" will instantly REPLAY the current music. The program will
bring you to the INSTANT REPLAY screen, and you will have the opportunity
to Pause/Continue the REPLAY as you do in regular play mode. You cannot
select the REPLAY Command (R) if AutoREPLAY (A) is currently active. If
you do, the word "C O N F L I C T" will quickly flash in the Status Window.
This is to remind you that you have already requested a delayed REPLAY for
the current selection. If you must hear the music again NOW, then just
press "A" to deactivate AutoREPLAY and then press "R" for REPLAY. Watch
the "Completed" status in the Buffer Window. When the three "+++" symbols
are red, then you don't have much time left for a REPLAY decision.

After using Calliope for a while, you will find that the pointer bar graph
at the top of the screen will be your most watched reference.

Note that if you decide to Exit the Replay screen, you will be returned to
the Main Menu, and any unheard selections will be lost. The assumption is
that you really want to hear a REPLAY and would not want to "Skip" it. Of
course you still have the choce of PAUSING it in case your phone rings.


Pressing "A" will invoke the AutoREPALY Mode. In this mode, the current
song is "flagged" for REPLAY upon it's completion in regular play mode.
While the song is playing, you may cancel or reinvoke AutoREPLAY as often
as you wish by simply press "A".

Pressing "A" will toggle AutoREPLAY to an ON or OFF state. You will be
advised of it's current status on the bottom line of the Status Window.
All of the same conditions found in the REPLAY screen apply here as well.


Pressing "F" will terminate CALLIOPE's music play mode and return you to to
the FILE SELECTION WINDOW where you may select more songs to play or exit
to the Main Menu.

EXIT Command: (X)

Pressing "X" will shut down CALLIOPE's music play mode and return you to
the main menu. On the other hand, when the last song has been played,
CALLIOPE will exit the Play Mode and return you to the main menu. At that
point the, the File Selection Window will pop-up automatically.


Pressing ESCape from the main menu will terminate CALLIOPE and return you
to the DOS prompt (assuming the File Selection Window was not active). If
the File Selection Window is active, pressing ESCape 3 times will terminate
CALLIOPE, and return you to the DOS prompt while displaying a low key share-
ware screen and session statistics.


If a music file gets stuck at it's termination point and attempts to loop
itself and start over, CMV will force it to terminate, and will display the
message "filename was PUSHED" in the status window. "PUSHED" means it was
forced off of the queue by the Calliope Police who constantly watch for
this sort of behavior.

Some important notes:

o If the length of your path is exceedingly long, it could conceivably
overwrite the elapsed time area of the screen.

o All graphics are text based and therefore do not require a VGA monitor.
However, the program was created on a system with a VGA monitor.

o EMS is not supported in this version, but it may be introduced in a
future version as the program grows larger and more memory is required.

o A music file larger that 65,520K will force an error condition, in
which case you will be returned to the main menu (hopefully).

o CMV was created on a 386 16Mhz system, running DOS 5.0 with 640k
memory. The sound card was a Sound Blaster v1.5 (original).
Programming language: QuickBasic version 4.5

o Sometimes when a music file suddenly stops playing, it may be corrupt.
Reconvert it from your original .ROL file and try again.

Version History

Version 1.0 = Initial 'closed distribution' release. (no uploads).
Version 1.1 = Added bar graph/new screens. Ensure file size within limits.
Version 1.2 = Bug fix and reduced memory usage. Official release.
Version 1.3 = Added "F" command to access File Window from Play Mode.
Version 1.4 = Music Queue now displays the next 3 songs in the Queue.

Added "Estimated Time" (minutes) for all songs to play.
Enhanced error checking while each song plays.
Removed the limited mouse support.
"Any key" will now bypass the opening screen.
Added "R" for Instant Replay.
Added "A" for delayed automatic Replay.
Added various corrective/functional/cosmetic screen updates.
Additional stats upon exit from the program.

The latest version of CMV and other great files can always be found
on the following outstanding U. S. A. bulletin boards:
1 - The Executive Network BBS, New York
914-667-4684 all baud speeds

2 - The Invention Factory, New York

3 - Digital Zero, New York

4 - Computer Connection, Washington, D.C.

5 - Vernon Buerg's BBS, Calif.

6 - Gene Plant's BBS, Illinois

7 - The SoundBlaster Digest BBS, Toronto

Special Thanks to Ro and Joe Malacria.
...and Executive Network BBS, the BEST international bulletin board.

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