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MIDI Music Lapses
By Spencer Chase

Greetings,  I also was disturbed with lapses in the music using
WindPlay.  The reason is that the process priority is not high enough
and there is nothing that can be done about it.

I am very careful about spyware, etc., and have a few utilities to
monitor and remove this stuff.  My computers are really quite devoid
of any resident applications and I still have not been able to
eliminate all lapses.  Even when they are not very obvious, I am
concerned that they might be happening on a smaller time base and
causing subtle changes to the music that degrade its quality.

For this reason I use a MIDI player that uses the Windows Media Player
API (or whatever the right term is), as they will play the music
flawlessly even with several concurrent applications.  I have been
surfing the web and working on an Excel sheet with several other
dormant application programs in memory and have been playing the MIDI
files without a glitch, all on a 266 MHz machine.

If the player uses the Windows-supplied multimedia interface to the
machine, it will keep the music going as the highest priority.  I have
even had a computer crash and the music kept on playing although the
machine was "frozen" (ctrl-alt-delete did nothing) until the buffer
the messages were in emptied, a few minutes later.

The multimedia Active-X routines are one thing that Microflaccid really
got right, and I don't understand why anyone would use their own
routines to provide this functionality.

Best regards,
Spencer Chase
Garberville, CA

(Message sent Fri 9 May 2003, 14:18:51 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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