[Coladam] pc midi to adam

Joe Blenkle jblenkle at sacnews.net
Tue Mar 18 00:36:54 CET 2008

OK, sounds simple enough <grin>...don't think I've ever used the wrdisk 
program, but I'm sure it's on my computer someplace.

And I'm a pro at turning disk images into ADAM disks so that's no problem. 
I've actually got an old PC reserved for that function.


Joe B.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Mitchell" <bytehacker at shaw.ca>
To: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
Cc: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] pc midi to adam

> Yes Joe, it's possible. But you're going to tear your hair out.  You're 
> going to need an PC with a 5-1/4 inch disk drive or an Adam with a 3-/2 
> inch disk drive.
> I  use the utility that is part of the Adamem distribution (Marcel 
> deKogel's website).
> Copy the midi files into a file directory on the PC
> Write them to an Adam disk image using wrdisk
> then Dcopy the .img file onto a floppy drive.
> It should then be readable on the adam.
> That's is a very broad brush description, and skips over a lot of details. 
> Depending on how comfortable you are with command line interfaces - you 
> might want to try Guy Bona's Adamem Utilities.
> However - once you've got the midi files onto the ADAM, you're not done 
> yet.
> Many midi files being distributed on the net are written for specific 
> types of midi sequencers, or use way too many channels. Chris Braymen's 
> Sequel program will handle up to 16, but you might need to do some 
> readjusting for anything beyond that. Also under the General Midi 
> standard, channels 10 thru 14 are usually reserved for drums, but not 
> always. So you're going to have to tell Sequel where the drum track is, 
> and that will depend on what type of midi sequencer/device/keyboard you're 
> outputting to.
> I've found that very few midi files I download play properly on the ADAM, 
> and sometimes it's just too much darned work to re-adjust them all. But 
> then on the other hand, you'll run across the odd one that plays fine just 
> as it was written. Chris Braymen distributed several CP/M utilities to 
> combine midi tracks in an imported file so as to set up for Sequel. I may 
> even have them around here somewhere.
> Anyway, if you need any more detail on the transfer process, let me know. 
> Tell me what your PC setup is (do you have on with a 5-1/4 inch drive) 
> and what your Adam setup is. (5-1/4 or 3-1/2).
> Ron Mitchell
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
> To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
> Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 3:04 PM
> Subject: [Coladam] pc midi to adam
>> Is there any easy way of transfering midi files from my PC to ADAM?
>> thanks
>> Joe B.
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