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tse3play




SYNOPSIS

       tse3play [-h] [-ver] [-v] [-list] [-nv] [-np] [-l] [-omidi
       output-midi-file  ] [-omidi0] [-omidicomp] [-otse3mdl out­
       put-tse3mdl-file ] [-map from-midi-channel to-midi-channel
       ]  [-m]  [-r]  [-gmr] [-gsr] [-xgr] [-unix] [-oss] [-alsa]
       [-arts] [-stream] [-s start-time ]  [-solo  track  ]  [-sl
       usecs  ]  [  -stop  ] [ -e ] [ -mute channel ] [ -pd dir ]
       file ] [ -port port ] [ -fast ]


DESCRIPTION

       tse3play plays TSE3MDL files and MIDI files using the TSE3
       sequencer  engine.  It  was originally developed as a test
       application for the TSE3 engine, but is now a  fully  fea­
       tured playback application.

       tse3play  can also convert files between the two supported
       formats. Whilst playing  it  provides  text  based  visual
       feedback,  or  can stream an English representation of the
       contents of the file to standard output.

       MIDI files are a standard file format for the  storage  of
       musical  (song) data that can be found in abundance on the
       internet. They don't contain the actual sounds played, but
       instructions  on  how  to  recreate  the  song (i.e. start
       note/stop note commands). MIDI files are most  often  cre­
       ated  by a sequencer application (akin to a word processor
       for music). MIDI files often have the  extension  .mid  or
       .midi

       TSE3MDL  (  TSE3  Music Description Langauge ) files are a
       similar form of music file. They are created by  sequencer
       applications  based  on the TSE3 sequencer engine library.
       The file format contains a great deal more information and
       harnesses  the  full  power  of  the TSE3 library. TSE3MDL
       files often have the extension .tse3

       The type of the input file is  automatically  detected  by
       tse3play  tse3play can also load legacy TSE2MDL files from
       sequencers based on the older TSE2 sequencer library.


OPTIONS

       -h, --help
              Provide help on the tse3play command  line  parame­
              ters.

       -ver, --version
              Print version number and exit.

       -v, --verbose
              Give  verbose  output on what tse3play is trying to
              do.

       -omidi, --out-midi <filename>
              Convert  the loaded file to MIDI. File type will be
              MIDI type 1 unless -omidi0 is specified. The  file­
              name  of  the  output  follows this option. You can
              specify '-' to output on stdandard out.

       -omidi0, --out-midi-format-0
              If performing a MIDI conversion, produce an  output
              file  in  MIDI  type  0  format. For most cases the
              default (type 1) is recommended.

       -omidicomp, --out-midi-compact
              Compact  the  converted  MIDI  file  output.   This
              removes  any redundant information in the MIDI file
              that could be removed by using MIDI running status.

       -otse3mdl, --out-tse3mdl FILENAME
              Convert the file to tse3mdl format. The filename of
              the output follows this option. You can specify '-'
              to output on stdandard out.

       -map, --map-channel F T
              During playback, map MIDI channel F to MIDI channel
              T. Channel numbers start at zero.

       -m, --metronome
              During playback, produce a metronome tick.

       -r, --reset
              Send a basic MIDI reset message at  playback  start
              and end. This will send a reset message even if -np
              is specified.

       -gmr, --gmreset
              Send a General MIDI reset message at playback start
              and end. This will send a reset message even if -np
              is specified.

       -gsr, --gsreset
              Send a GS reset message at playback start and  end.
              This will send a reset message even if -np is spec­
              ified.

       -xgr, --xgreset
              Send an XG reset message at playback start and end.
              This will send a reset message even if -np is spec­
              ified.

       -unix, --unix-scheduler
              Selects the best Unix scheduler device (either  OSS
              or  ALSA)  as  the  MIDI output method. This is the
              installed on your computer.

       -stream, --stream-scheduler
              Selects the standard output stream as the MIDI out­
              put method. An English interpretation of each  MIDI
              command generated will appear on standard out.

       -s, --start
              Begin  playback  at  the specified clock pulse. The
              pulses are divisions of  quarter  notes.   tse3play
              works to a resolution of 96 PPQN.

       -solo, --solo-track
              Play  with the specified input track 'soloed'. This
              will mute all the  other  tracks.  Note  that  this
              option will mute the input track from the file, not
              the specified MIDI channel. Track numbers start  at
              zero.

       -sl, --sleep
              Sets  the time period that tse3play returns control
              back to the operating system between  updates.  The
              parameter  is  a  number  of u-seconds. The default
              value is 100. Specifying a shorter time  will  make
              the  real  time vu bars update more responsively. A
              value of 0 disables the sleep.

       -stop, --no-stop
              Prevents tse3play from exiting  once  playback  has
              finished.  This  can  be  used  in conjunction with
              --echo and no specified filename to make  the  com­
              puter act as a MIDI Thru box.

       -e, --echo
              Enable the MIDI echo facility, which is a soft MIDI
              Thru port. Anything received on the MIDI in connec­
              tion will be immediately echoed on the MIDI out.

       -mute, --mute-track
              Mutes  the  specified  track in the input file. The
              first track is track zero.

       -pd, --patches-dir
              Specifies the path to the directory in which FM  or
              GUS  patch  files  are to be found. This is used by
              the OSS driver to load sounds into the soundcard.

       -port, --force-port
              Forces all output to the specified port.

       -fast, --fast-midi
              Tells tse3play to use a  faster  MIDI  file  import

       contact the author. The program can only be improved  with
       your feedback.


COPYRIGHT

       Copyright  (c)  2000,2001  Pete Goodliffe. See the license
       file in the TSE3 doc diirectory  for  a  complete  license
       statement.


AUTHOR

       Pete Goodliffe <pete@cthree.org>

       Trax Software 2001


SEE ALSO

       playmidi(1), TSE3(3)

Trax Software             FEBRUARY 2001               TSE3PLAY(1)

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