MelCom is a melody compiler that enables you to produce Midi files from textual descriptions of music. It also allows you to preview the described music both audibly and visually.
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MelCom is a melody compiler program that enables you to produce Midi files from textual descriptions of music. It also allows you to preview the described music both audibly and visually. Each note in the text is highlighted while being played during playback preview.
MelCom supports Middle-Eastern music (aka "Arab-music" and "Arabic music") via providing 1/4 tones.
It's a good start
I was pleasantly surprised that the software does much of what it claims to. The documentation appears to be complete and is supplied as a set of HTML files and images. The same documentation is available at the developer's home site, www.pro.com.eg, with additional downloadable example files.
That said, I found that the MIDI files output by MelCom only play in the default instrument, Acoustic Grand Piano, when I test the files with Winamp or Microsoft Media Player, regardless of which instrument I set in the source file. (MelCom does use the correct selected instrument when playing the source file in preview mode, and also has a handy "force instrument" override to use a different instrument from that selected in the code.) The screen editor in MelCom could use a few more features, such as "Home" key implementation to get the cursor to the top of the window quickly, looping on a highlighted area of code when playing, and ability to set a preferred file directory. Also, MelCom doesn't accept a file name as a startup parameter, so it can't be set up to start automatically and begin editing a .mlc file when one double-clicks on an icon.
Author: Andrew P. on Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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