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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Old midi apps - Use a MacPlus as a sequencer Reply with quote

Hi there.

I have an Mac Plus (think it was 512k from the beginning) and I was thinking about making use of it, maybe as a midi sequencer.

I saw that there are plenty of old mac serial midi interfaces, on eBay and similar, and I was thinking if maybe I couldn't use on of those on my Supercomputer (the plus of course!).
Since it's really compact and good looking, it would be nice to play synths and drum machines with it:)
So what I need is help, can it be done? :) Of course I guess, but what programs do I need? And what gear?

Take care and keep your Macintoshes alive :)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject: MIDI, System 7 and CD Support on a MacPlus Reply with quote

Welcome adrian,

funny avatar Smile

Sure you can use a MacPlus as a sequencer,
but you should add an external SCSI HardDrive or SyQuest to it,
because you need some space to save the sound files and the applications.

If you have 4 MB RAM in your MacPlus, you can have System 7.0 installed
and add an external CD drive Honored too , I have this hardware configuration running here!
200 MB on a Mac Plus via SCSI SyQuest
and a 700 MB CD in the Drive gives you nearly a gigabyte space
on a MacPlus, that¥s pretty huge.

A Macintosh SE would do the job better (and more easy to set up)
but a MacPlus will handle it too.

Here you find some links to download applications:

Freak http://myoldmac.net/cgi-data/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=59

Freak http://myoldmac.net/finder.htm#ftp

Let us know how your MidiMac project goes forward.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:08 pm    Post subject: MIDI interface for the Apple II Reply with quote

By the way, there was a MIDI interface for the Apple II too !
Note: it was an original Apple product, see the Logo on the plastic inlay.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: MIDI, System 7 and CD Support on a MacPlus Reply with quote

MacOS wrote:
Welcome adrian,

funny avatar Smile

Sure you can use a MacPlus as a sequencer,
but you should add an external SCSI HardDrive or SyQuest to it,
because you need some space to save the sound files and the applications.

If you have 4 MB RAM in your MacPlus, you can have System 7.0 installed
and add an external CD drive Honored too , I have this hardware configuration running here!
200 MB on a Mac Plus via SCSI SyQuest
and a 700 MB CD in the Drive gives you nearly a gigabyte space
on a MacPlus, that¥s pretty huge.

A Macintosh SE would do the job better (and more easy to set up)
but a MacPlus will handle it too.

Here you find some links to download applications:

Freak http://myoldmac.net/cgi-data/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=59

Freak http://myoldmac.net/finder.htm#ftp

Let us know how your MidiMac project goes forward.


Any tip on which programs to use?
I saw an harddrive for mac plus, but the next day when I was about to buy it, it was gone:(
I only have 1MB, is there anyway to update to 4MB?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: MIDI interface for the Apple II Reply with quote

MacOS wrote:
By the way, there was a MIDI interface for the Apple II too !
Note: it was an original Apple product, see the Logo on the plastic inlay.

Awsome:) Are they any softsynths for Apple ][? Or even Macintosh maybe? With midi to play at it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any tip on which programs to use?

Question I only have 1MB, is there anyway to update to 4MB?

User Download the Apple Memguide.pdf
and look at the "early Mac" section for the Mac Plus, the update procedures are described (there are various motherboards with different procedures described) it depends on wich MacPlus model you have. If you like to buy RAM - here you find it Smile

You need a special screw driver to open the MacPlus, have a look to this Discussion. Also be carefull with the High Voltage inside the MacPlus. BigBang


Question Are they any softsynths for Apple ][?
Or even Macintosh maybe? With midi to play at it.

User I don¥t know... have a look to the download pages and servers mentioned above, I think you find some Audio sections.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks:)
Just have to get some extra hardware and then start playing around with it. Awsome :)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I got myself an Macman Midi interface, I'll just have to get an serialcable to connect it, an SyQuest drive and a working keyboard + some nice software:)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adrian wrote:
Now I got myself an Macman Midi interface, I'll just have to get an serialcable to connect it, an SyQuest drive and a working keyboard + some nice software:)


Maybee you can use a serial printer cable aswell.
I also bought one in great condition.






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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject: apple MIDI interface Reply with quote

How did it end up going with the Apple MIDI Interface?

Those pictures are great!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jonnymacuser, welcome to the forum!

I have sold the MIDI Interface but we got it going with an Apple IIe, have a look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uSvx7jKSFA

Mac SE as a Sequencer using the MIDI Interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBkcIjwg5tk&playnext=1&list=PLDEAE09C5C6E5E2B7 Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Apple II - MIDI Studio 1984," very very cool. That is pretty much one of the projects that I am trying to (eventually) get working.

And you have to love that old 1987 reseller video An Introduction to the Apple MIDI Interface.



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