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Audio Recording Service for Player Piano Music
By Warren Trachtman

> From time to time I receive inquiries ... If your service is available
> generally (rather than just a one-time oblige) it would be useful to
> know details.
> "I just got one of the rolls from my father, because I wanted to
> pursue getting a recording made, as none of us have player pianos,
> and we > would love to be able to listen to my grandmother play!"

Hello Linda and other MMD readers, I can help solve half of this

Once these, or any other, piano rolls have been scanned and converted
to MIDI format, I am able to make a very high quality piano recording
using the extremely large (over 1 gigabyte), multi-layered piano note
sample sets that I have recorded from a Steinway Grand piano.

I can create audio CDs of the roll/MIDI files, so that they can be
enjoyed in the absence of a player piano.  For a while now, I have been
wondering if this capability would be of interest to various MMD folks,
and this article has spurred me into posting.

There are several other MMD members who have developed and made avail-
able the capability of scanning in the physical rolls to generate the
MIDI file.  It would be necessary to have this step performed first, by
one of these other services, since I am not set up to do the physical
roll-scanning myself.

I would be willing to offer this MIDI to audio-CD service for piano
rolls on a generally available basis.  Provided the rolls/MIDI files
are owned by the person requesting the audio CD, and the Audio CD was
for personal use, I believe this would not violate any copyright
restrictions, especially for rolls cut prior to 1972.

I recently created an audio rendering, and posted an MP3 audio, from
one of the same rolls that George Bogatko had recorded on his Aeolian
piano, and posted on his web site.  You can listen to my audio conver-
sion of the MIDI file of the Raggedy Ann piano roll at:

Anyhow, I would be interested to know if there is a general interest
in such a service.


Warren Trachtman  or

(Message sent Fri 29 Oct 1999, 16:41:18 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Audio, Music, Piano, Player, Recording, Service

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