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Using Cakewalk to Adapt Music for Street Organ
By Hans van Oost

[ Arthur Nichols wrote in 030417 MMDigest: ]

> Are any instructions available which outlines the use of Cakewalk
> or other music notation programme specifically to transpose music
> for a street organ?

I wonder if that will be necessary for you!  If you have the organ
played by a MIDI-interface it is far easier, in my opinion, to make
the right connections between the interface and the magnets inside the
organ so it will play standard MIDI files. You may have to transpose
the files in order to prevent missing notes in the organ.

> Is it possible to superimpose a template of my organ scale onto
> the piano roll view?

I tend to second Ingmar Krause here; besides, it will not be necessary.

I have attached a prepared CAL [Cakewalk Application Language] program
which is used by Dutch arrangers to make their own adjustments in a
MIDI file.  It is necessary if you want to print the music onto paper
rolls for hand punching, or for feeding an automatic punch machine.
The purpose is to edit the prepared program: note A (from 0 till 127)
will play note X.  This has to be done for all notes on the organ
scale.  The program then can be saved under another name, so you may
use the standard over and over again.

Then, select all music on the track, and run the CAL program.  I must
warn that you cannot play it on your computer afterwards.  There is
a way to do that, but it would take too long to describe here.

Regards from the Netherlands,

Hans van Oost

 [ Thank you, Hans, I'll place the CAL program listing at the
 [ MMD Tech site,  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 19 Apr 2003, 11:18:07 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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