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AMI Automatic Musical Instrument Player System
By Wallace Venable

Glenn Thomas wrote an excellent piece on Wurlitzer band organs for the
COAA (Carousel Organ Association of America) magazine for July 2013.  In
it he says that the more-or-less definitive MIDI scales for the 165 and
150 are the "AMI" scales.  I've seen and downloaded the Wurlitzer scales
here on MMD, but I am not familiar with the AMI reference.

I am also familiar with the scales used for the Wurlitzer band organ
roll scans in the player piano lists, which differ a bit, I think, from
Robbie's scales.

Is AMI just another name for one of these the scales, or are or is it
something significantly different?

Wallace Venable

 [ AMI stands for the Automatic Musical Instrument player system
 [ developed in the 1990s by Mike Ames.  It's not just a scale.  The
 [ system uses two 64-channel MIDI output circuit cards.  The MIDI file
 [ stores data for the Bass, Accomp and Melody divisions as Channel 1
 [ data; the remaining data such as Countermelody, percussion and
 [ register (lock & cancel) data are stored as Channel 2 data.  See
 [ Mike Ames' article at 
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Wed 20 Nov 2013, 23:00:23 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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