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Welcome to Digital Audio Player version 2.0 1/22/94

Digital Audio Player 2.0 is a program that plays digital
sound files on your Sound Blaster, AdLib Personal Computer
Music System, Disney Sound Source, PC Speaker, or 100%
compatibles.

This README file contains important, last minute information.
If you have a printer, please print and read the documentation
file DAPLAY.DOC.

This program has been tested on the following:

- a 33MH 486 running DOS 6.0 with a Sound Blaster 16.
- a 25MH 386DX running MSDOS 3.3 with an AdLib.
- a 16MH 386SX running MSDOS 3.3 and PCDOS 2.1 with a
Sound Blaster 1.5 and a Disney Sound Source

We suggest you load this program to your hard disk. Digital
audio files can get very large, and loading them (and this
program) to your hard disk will improve performance. Floppy
disks do not have the throughput to sustain the 11,000 bytes
per second transfer rates required.

This version adds support for Sun/Next's .AU format files.
Support was also added for TAG SOFTWARE's compressed sound
file format (.DAS).

This version fixes a bug in the Sound Blaster auto-detection.
The routine that determined what IRQ the Sound Blaster used
could be fooled by a communication program or mouse on COM2
(IRQ 3).

This version supports digital sounds on the AdLib. While the
AdLib does not directly support digital sounds (like the Sound
Blaster), creditable reproduction of digital sounds can be
accomplished using a modulated FM voice.

This version supports digital sounds on the Disney Sound
Source. While the Sound Source is only rated to play sampling
rates up to 7000 Hz, this program will drive it up to 44100 Hz.

Both the AdLib and Sound Source support use the system tick
timer to provide the precise timing required for these
devices. Disk access distorts the sound. We will work on the
problem.

Playing sounds on the AdLib, Sound Source, and PC Speaker use
the system tick timer to provide the precise timing required
for these devices. Disk access distorts the sound. We will
work on the problem.

Bob Chrisp has reported that DAFORT (our random sound player)
can be used to provide random external digital alarms for
TELEMATE 4.0 (an excellent Shareware communications package
from White River Software). DAPLAY can be used with Telemate
also -- for more information on how to use DAPLAY with
Telemate see the file DAPALARM.DOC

We are extremely interested in your constructive comments
and suggestions. Feedback from users, even negative
feedback, helps us to improve our products. We thank
you for your interest in TAG SOFTWARE.

Please send your comments or suggestions to :
..........................
: :
: TAG SOFTWARE :
: 5909 Shepherd Lane :
: Seabrook, MD 20706 :
:........................:

Or we can be reached on The Programmer's Corner BBS
301-596-7692 or 410-995-6873.

INSTALLATION

EXECUTING DAPLAY FROM A FLOPPY:

DAPLAY should be executable directly from the floppy disk.
We suggest that you make a backup copy, using your favorite
disk duplication program. We strongly suggest that you
install DAPLAY on your hard disk. Performance is affected by
floppy drive throughput.

1) Insert the floppy disk containing DAPLAY into a floppy
disk drive. If this drive is the "B" drive then use "B:"
instead of "A:" in the remaining steps.

2) For systems with a Sound Blaster or AdLib, at the DOS
prompt type:

A:
RUNME

For systems with a Disney Sound Source, at the DOS prompt
type:

A:
DRUNME

3) This batch file should print:

Playing bugsbuny.voc
DAPLAY BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing klaxon1.wav
DAPLAY KLAXON1.WAV

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing illbebak.snd
DAPLAY ILLBEBAK.SND

Strike a key when ready . . .

Now let's make Bugs Bunny sound like a chipmunk.
DAPLAY -S 15000 BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

After each "Strike a key when ready . . ." prompt you
should hear the file being played on your Sound Blaster,
AdLib, or Sound Source.

Note that we have included 4 very good sound files and set up
the example batch files (RUNME.BAT and DRUNME.BAT). You can
use DAPLAY to play any digital sound files you may have. If
you don't have any, see our catalog (CATALOG.DOC). We have a
large selection that we can supply at a nominal price. In
addition when you register DAPLAY you get one FREE disk from
our Digital Audio Collection Series as part of your
registration bonus.

INSTALLATION TO HARD DISK:

If you have received your copy of DAPLAY 2.0 from a disk
or rack vendor, they may have included an installation
program. If so, then follow the directions supplied therein.
Otherwise, follow these directions.

1) Insert the floppy disk containing DAPLAY into the
floppy disk drive. If this drive is the "B" drive, use
"B:" instead of "A:" in the remaining steps.

2) You should create a directory on your hard disk. We
suggest DAPLAY as its name. It can be on any of your
DOS disks. These procedures assume that you will install
DAPLAY on your C: disk. If you wish to install it on
another of your disks, substitute that disk for C: in the
rest of these steps. Type the following to create the
directory.

C:
CD \
MKDIR DAPLAY
CD DAPLAY

3) Copy the contents of the floppy disk into the directory you
just created on your hard disk.

COPY A:*.*

4) Digital Audio Player 2.0 is now installed on your hard
disk. To complete the installation, print out the DAPLAY.DOC
and REGISTER.DOC files.

5) For systems with a Sound Blaster or AdLib, at the DOS
prompt type:

RUNME

For systems with a Disney Sound Source, at the DOS prompt
type:

DRUNME

6) The batch file should print:

Playing bugsbuny.voc
DAPLAY BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing klaxon1.wav
DAPLAY KLAXON1.WAV

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing illbebak.snd
DAPLAY ILLBEBAK.SND

Strike a key when ready . . .

Now let's make Bugs Bunny sound like a chipmonk.
DAPLAY -S 15000 BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

After each "Strike a key when ready . . ." prompt, you
should hear the file being played on your Sound Blaster,
AdLib, or Sound Source.

Note that we have included 4 very good sound files and set up
the example batch files (RUNME.BAT and DRUNME.BAT). You can
use DAPLAY to play any digital sound files you may have. If
you don't have any, see our catalog (CATALOG.DOC). We have a
large selection that we can supply at a nominal price. In
addition, when you register DAPLAY you get one FREE disk from
our Digital Audio Collection Series as part of your
registration bonus.

QUICK INSTALLATION

1) Copy all the files from the floppy to a directory on your
hard disk. Print out the DAPLAY.DOC and REGISTER.DOC
files. Remember that this program is shareware. If you
continue to use it, you are required to register it.

2) Change to the directory that you copied DAPLAY to in
the step above. Type:

RUNME

3) The batch file should print:

Playing bugsbuny.voc
DAPLAY BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing klaxon1.wav
DAPLAY KLAXON1.WAV

Strike a key when ready . . .

Playing illbebak.snd
DAPLAY ILLBEBAK.SND

Strike a key when ready . . .

Now let's make Bugs Bunny sound like a chipmonk.
DAPLAY -S 15000 BUGSBUNY.VOC

Strike a key when ready . . .

After each "Strike a key when ready . . ." prompt you
should hear the file being played on your Sound Blaster,
AdLib, or Sound Source.

Note that we have included 4 very good sound files and set
up the example batch files (RUNME.BAT and DRUNME.BAT). You
can use DAPLAY to play any digital sound files you may have.
If you don't have any, see our catalog (CATALOG.DOC). We have
a large selection that we can supply at a nominal price. In
addition, when you register you get one free disk from our
Digital Audio Collection Series as part of your registration
bonus.