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Audio to MIDI via Pianomation System ????
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,

Did I read this right???

Mike Carey <> in MMD 97.10.24 writes:

> QRS sells the interface for converting MIDI to audio and audio to MIDI.

I'm not aware of this interface and would really like more information
unless you're referring to the complete PianoMation system which I
believe costs $1875 plus installation.  In fact, I'd like to buy it!
I've been waiting for a program that converts audio to MIDI ever since
I joined the MMD.

John A. Tuttle (

 [ Editor's Note:
 [ The Pianomation system can be operated from a MIDI signal
 [ which is encoded onto an audio signal.  These audio signals
 [ can be stored on CD or the audio track of a video tape.
 [ This makes it possible to playback "encoded MIDI" using
 [ common household electronics -- no computer is required.
 [ It makes it possible for them to record accompaniment audio
 [ on the other channel of the CDs, and it makes it possible
 [ to make "follow the bouncing ball" sing-along videos.
 [ QRS should be commended for making their Pianomation user
 [ and installation manuals available online:
 [ You will need "Adobe Acrobat" to read the manual.  Adobe
 [ Acrobat can be downloaded for free  -- a link is provided.
 [ The installation manual discusses how to record the "record
 [ strip" output as an analog signal and play it back.  This
 [ implies that the "MIDI-to-Analog" capability is built in
 [ to at least some of the Pianomation units.  That audio signal
 [ can subsequently be converted back to MIDI or be used to
 [ play the piano.
 [ It should be pointed out that they are NOT converting
 [ musical audio to MIDI.  This is still an unsolved artificial
 [ intelligence problem...
 [ Jody
 [ P.S. I suspect there's a typo in the price you listed...

(Message sent Sat 25 Oct 1997, 22:46:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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