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Astrocade Bally Arcade Music Maker

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#1 ballyalley OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Jul 6, 2018 5:22 PM

Has anyone here used the Music Maker cartridge for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade to create music or sound effects?


I'm referring to this cartridge:


Music Maker.jpg


The above picture is for the version of Music Maker with the built-in tape interface.  However, this program can be used without the interface.  Music Maker is included on, I think, all of the Astrocade multicarts.


Here is the manual for this "game:"




Here is a video of Music Maker:




The above video just shows the program being used, rather randomly, for a couple of minutes.  I've never seen a video that shows the program being used to create music, which also requires, I think, use of the following keypad overlay:


Music Maker (300 dpi).jpg

If anyone has experience with music, then I'd love to watch a narrated video of someone using Music Maker to create even a short piece of music (even Camptown Races would be fine!).  Is anyone up for the challenge?



#2 ballyalley OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Jul 6, 2018 5:51 PM

I just played around with Music Maker.  I entered some notes and successfully saved the notes to "tape" (my Windows Vista laptop computer using Audacity).  As with "AstroBASIC," the output level from the cartridge is extremely low.  I reset the Astrocade, thus deleting the notes I'd input into Music Maker.  After amplifying the signal in Audacity, I was able to load the notes back into Music Maker without any trouble.  When Music Maker saves or loads a score, it turns the screen red.


Does anyone out there have Music Maker with the built-in audio interface?



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