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[Files] Aseq 5.0b first public beta releasedANN.lu
Posted on 07-Jun-2004 01:21 GMT by Aseq13 comments
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Aseq is an "x0x" style sequencer. It can use midi and AHI. This public beta has saving disabled. You can download it here and the readme can be found here. Also will soon appear on aminet. A summary of the readme can be found in the details section. **Aseq is beta, there WILL be bugs and things**

This is version 0.5 public beta of aseq. Aseq is supposed to become a commercial program and stands for "A sequencer", it is an x0x" style sequencer. What this means is that the sequence is represented by a row of buttons, mostly 16 or 32, which can be pressed or depressed to reflect a "hit", mostly of an instrument or a sound of some kind. It is a very easy to understand and straightforward method of sequencing, made famous by the various Roland machines like the 303, 606, 808 and 909. Aseq is not and will never be a "tracker" style sequencer, if you seek such a sequencer I would suggest to try out Octamed Soundstudio and similar.

This public beta has saving disabled, plus some minor other tweaks to reflect its public beta status. Email me for suggestions, bugs, information etc. And if you like to donate money, use the above email address as an ID on www.paypal.com. Registered beta tester should soon be contacted about receiving a full version for testing purposes.

Features:
- OS friendly design throughout
- Reasonably fast
- You can both do stepsequencing and realtime sequencing
- "Unlimited" amount of patterns, songs and songlength etc.
- Semi flexible pattern lengths
- Runs on various screenmodes and is font sensitive
- Per step data can be tweaked, like volume, pitch, speed etc. (click on the button under the note)
- Midi monitor
- Can be master(sends timing, play start etc.), slave(receives timing, play start etc.), or none
- Ability to tweak the midi data sent individually per note(midi event editor)
- Ability to write a string of midi data and send it through midi
- Ability to create your own midi data "packages" to use as if it was a note, this means you can send any data through midi at any step in the sequence.
Note: This requires more indepth knowledge of midi commands and devices
- Much more

Quick install:
Unpack the archive wherever you want, that is it. Check the tooltypes for configuration options.

Aseq has been written with OS-friendliness in mind. This means everything has been done to completely make it independent of the underlying hardware. Ideally this means it should run on whatever system, as long as it supports the AmigaOS api, the 3.1 version preferably. Currently it has only been tested on classic Amigas of various configurations, running AmigaOS 3.1.

Aseq plays sounds through midi and also using the AHI device, but to fully appreciate and use Aseq you need:
- Midi interface
- Midi capable devices
- A reasonably fast system to replay enough AHI channels
- Creativity
- Patience with regards to bugs ;-)
- guigfx.library and render.library(Aseq will run fine without those)
- AHI(again Aseq should run fine without this)

You are free to choose which device Aseq will use to send it's midi data through, but mostly that would be the serial.device, as most Amiga midi interfaces connect to the serial port. The usage of, for example, a midi port on an audio card, should be transparent, as long as the device driver understands and accepts the required commands. This has not been tested.

Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 1 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Paul Gallant on 07-Jun-2004 13:19 GMT
Screenshots??, System requirments?
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 2 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by aseq on 07-Jun-2004 14:34 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Paul Gallant):
Have you actually checked the links? :-)
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 3 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by aseq on 07-Jun-2004 14:37 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Paul Gallant):
Let me actually quote part of the news item, maybe it will give an idea:

"Aseq has been written with OS-friendliness in mind. This means everything has been done to completely make it independent of the underlying hardware. Ideally this means it should run on whatever system, as long as it supports the AmigaOS api, the 3.1 version preferably. Currently it has only been tested on classic Amigas of various configurations, running AmigaOS 3.1."
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 4 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by top on 07-Jun-2004 16:57 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (aseq):
Is there a way to pilot Aseq as a Drum realtime machine/intrument in Bars'n'PipesNew ?
A BnP tool to pilot Aseq will be great, they could be complementary software not competitors.
Is the an Aexx Port ?
Can Aseq generate realtime analog synth sounds ?
There are plenty of synth sources with algorithms on the web.
you can take a look into an old, but very good software sources : Aural Synthetica. at

Why not the integrate into Aseq some synthetica analog and FM sounds. ?
Will CAMD.library be supported by Aseq ?
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 5 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by top on 07-Jun-2004 17:00 GMT
Aural synthetica and aural illusion sources web link :
http://www.blachford.info/blachtech/index.html

Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 6 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 07-Jun-2004 17:53 GMT
Very nice! I tried it on my Pegasos but I don't have any midi
hardware. But it started fine and at least seemed to be usable, but it
crashed when I exited. Perhaps it's just on my system and perhaps
one can easily tweak something to make it run better. But under any
circumstances -- You need to get yourself a Pegasos! ;)

Keep the updates coming and thank you for your effort! :)
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 7 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by aseq on 07-Jun-2004 21:01 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (top):
"Is there a way to pilot Aseq as a Drum realtime machine/intrument in Bars'n'PipesNew ?"

I figure something like this is possible configuring Aseq as a slave. It will then respond, over midi, to a play start/stop message, midi timing and such.

"Is the an Aexx Port ?"

No, but there likely will be.

"Can Aseq generate realtime analog synth sounds ?"

A crude attempt has been made and worked more or less, but the main focus now is on getting to improve the sequencer and related stuff.

"There are plenty of synth sources with algorithms on the web.
you can take a look into an old, but very good software sources : Aural Synthetica. at"

Thanks for the tip, I have the source of an old Amiga 303 synth, open sourced also.

"Will CAMD.library be supported by Aseq ?"

Hm, to me camd seems to be a lot of stuff about a rather straightforward thing, sending midi data. I couldn`t find a justification for using it(after working with it a bit), compared to using my own solutions. The latter of course also is more educational.
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 8 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by aseq on 07-Jun-2004 21:10 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Anonymous):
"Very nice! I tried it on my Pegasos but I don't have any midi
hardware."

Thanks :-)
I wonder if you have a soundcard capable of midi, maybe a device driver on morphos can use it and as such you can tell Aseq to use said device driver. It may automagically work, I see no reason why not. But then you have Murphy`s law:

"crashed when I exited. Perhaps it's just on my system and perhaps"

It is hard to test it on unavailable hardware, but I made every attempt to prevent such stuff from happening. Of course that is no guarantee. I don't know what may cause this crash, as it exits cleanly.
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 9 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Paul Gallant on 08-Jun-2004 00:13 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (aseq):
Whoops!!, sorry about that. I jumped the gun a little.
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 10 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by hooligan/dcs on 08-Jun-2004 01:36 GMT
It crashes here when exiting aswell. Nice work though!
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 11 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 08-Jun-2004 07:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (aseq):
"Hm, to me camd seems to be a lot of stuff about a rather straightforward thing, sending midi data. I couldn`t find a justification for using it(after working with it a bit), compared to using my own solutions. The latter of course also is more educational."

CAMD should allow you to send MIDI out to various ports depending on your hardware - could be serial, sound card, USB, or a software synth like Timidity.

It should allow two or more programs to send MIDI data out simultaneously to one, two or more ports, and to receive MIDI sync timing.

It needs work.
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 12 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by aseq on 08-Jun-2004 12:43 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (hooligan/dcs):
Well, for those where it crashes on exit, maybe send a more detailed bug report, what system you have, what the output is of the alert etc. I assume you use a pegasos also, right?
Aseq 5.0b first public beta released : Comment 13 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by hooligan/dcs on 09-Jun-2004 02:55 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (aseq):
Yes I do. I will see if I can cook some information about the problem later today.
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