Anybody got any MIDI software from the mid-late 80's?

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  1. tevion5, Apr 11, 2014
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    tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    I want to get a copy of something like MOTU Performer 1.2.1 or and early Opcode sequencer.

    Any of these:
    MIDIMAC (sequencer) by opcode systems
    TOTAL MUSIC (sequencer) by southworth music systems
    MEGA TRACK (sequencer) by musicworks
    MIDI COMPOSER (sequencer) by Assimilation
    STUDIO MAC (sequencer) by creative solutions
    DELUXE MUSIC CONSTRUCTION SET (sequencer) by electronic arts
    CONCERTWARE PLUS (sequencer) by passport designs
    MUSICWORKS (sequencer) by macromind inc
    PERFORMER (sequencer) by mark of the unicorn

    I have been searching for some time but can't find old enough versions of ANY of them. I am aware of the experimental 1.1 version of MusicWorks with midi support but that just crashes for me on all my 512Ke, Classic II and Power Mac 8600.

    All the major midi pioneering software seem to be all but lost. I think this is really sad. I am in the process of trying to get in contact with the folk at the present day MOTU to see if they could point me to some archives.

    My 512Ke runs MusicWorks but that lacks MIDI support. I have a MACMAN MIDIMAN interface hooked up to it but no software to run it :(

    Anybody learned anything I haven't found yet?

    The 68K army guys discussed a similar issue here:
    https://68kmla.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1094
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Here's an old newsletter from TidBITS dated Sep-93 with a few more programs:

    http://cara.gsu.edu/courses/MIDI/midimac.html

    And here are some reviews:

    http://www.umich.edu/~archive/mac/misc/documentation/midisoftwareforthemac.txt

    Have a dig around and see if you can find any archives. I know these are from the 90's, but you might get lucky.

    I just think that some of these programs were way out of price reach for the average person and were limited to studios. I studied audio engineering my first year of college, and even they talked about how most of them do lots and lots of upgrades to keep up with the music industry.
     
  3. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Those are some excellent resources, thanks Jessica :)

    I see what you mean by out of reach, MOTU performer was almost $500! That's on par with a full studio version of ProTools 11 today! Certainly not consumer grade stuff alright.
     
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  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    You're welcome.

    And aswell as what harrymatic said, when you're Googling, go into Search Tools, and then click Any time, then Custom range... It's old software, so you want to look at old cached pages. You might use the Wayback Machine too. Of course a lot of these pages might contain dead links and such, but a lot of stuff is still archived somewhere.
     
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    Okay, I'll try asking people there. Their forum is just a hell of a lot more cluttered than ours. Even when you search for software, random threads are scattered in the results! What a mess :p

    Traxs does look interesting, I haven't seen it before. I'm not sure if a 512Ke could handle such a heavy app though...nevertheless I'll give it a go :)
     

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