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Coin-trip for Midi Player
By Stephen Kent Goodman

>[ I've not seen a floppy disc reader with a coin slot, but Yamaha would
>[ be a likely company if there _is_ one built!  If so, I'd guess that
>[ the coin would signal the disc reader to advance to the next disc
>[ file and begin playing.  A "coin trip" channel thus isn't needed to
>[ control the preader; however, it's a good way to control the empty
>[ time between songs.  Has anyone seen such a coin-op device? -- Robbie

Robbie, that is close to what I am asking.  A valve could respond to a
Midi signal that operates a credit cancel pneumatic -- simple enough.

What I am trying to determine is after the machine shuts off and it is
started again,  how does the reader determine the next file to play from
without automatically or randomly going to the last tune played?  (I can
just hear the complaint -- sort of like a bizarre "Selectra" mechanism
gone mad: "I got ten tunes on the disk,  but the durn thing keeps playing
the last tune over & over again!!!!")


S. K. Goodman

 [ If power to the disc reader fails, then when power is restored it must
 [ "reboot" and read the disc directory, and it will start playing with
 [ song #1.  Your customer's fears are real!  The reader unit will need
 [ special adaptation (internal programming) in order to respond to a
 [ signal from the coin switch, which commands "increment the coin
 [ counter and begin playing".  I don't know the answer, Steve; I hope
 [ someone in MMD can help us.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 21 Apr 1997, 16:11:49 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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