Meridian 3.0 beta3

by MSX Resource Center on 17-12-2011, 10:59

Meridian 3.0 beta3, a versatile MIDI-based (delta)steptime tracker supporting both external MIDI devices and Sunrise's OPL4 based Moonsound. Default OPL4 soundbank included.

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By igal

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21-09-2012, 15:25

Hi all.
I'm trying desperately to start a music MERIDIAN, but can not hear anything.

The image is frozen on [PLAYING] [INITIALZING] ....

Do you know how I do it for foncitonne correctly?

I tried with the Music Module and the Moon Sound but the result is the same.

Thank you for your help

By anonymous

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21-09-2012, 19:00

Tried the program just now. Also the version from the official site ( www.opl4.nl ). I got all the required hardware, but it doesn't work out of the box, it seems.
After changing the ini file some dirs into the dir I got meridian at, I got a little further than the phase you're at... Initializing is done, it now says:
Playing
From 1:1 to 64:64 Tempo:
--------------...
and the caps lock doesn't respond anymore... Frustrating... I leave this program and go back to my own...

By igal

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21-09-2012, 21:43

Ok....Meridian 3.0 beta3 work now...

Just no insert the Music Module.

You change the [Filestype Meridian] by [All Files] and now you can open this files type:
Meridian / Midi file / MoonBlaster / Moonbl. FM / Moonbl. Wave / Soudtracker

Now, the all notes are play, only i havent sound Evil

To be contiued Smile

By Meits

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21-09-2012, 21:47

I have a music module inserted, also a moonsound. The music module is connected to a synth waiting for data it just doesn't get. There's just no midi driver loaded. At least not for a specific synth. One would take for granted that a default driver would be loaded (I mean, GM is a rather standard range of instruments)...

By Latok

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21-09-2012, 22:41

Meits: you have chosen the music module midi out in settings? You also loaded a midi driver? I believe some drivers are included, like the KORG 05/RW, Roland JV30 and of course, an OPL4 driver. Works like a charm here Smile

By igal

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21-09-2012, 23:09

Latok wrote:

Meits: you have chosen the music module midi out in settings? You also loaded a midi driver? I believe some drivers are included, like the KORG 05/RW, Roland JV30 and of course, an OPL4 driver. Works like a charm here Smile

Hi Latok.

Please can you mail me your complete directory [MERIDIAN] with all files includes please?

You can use it with Music Module and an Expander?

By Meits

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22-09-2012, 01:12

Latok: The drivers on opl4.nl are gone...

By mars2000you

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22-09-2012, 01:46

By igal

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22-09-2012, 10:05

@Mars2000you: Meridian dont want xxxxxxxx.SRC for driver.I do not compile these files.

@Laitok: Can wee see your MERIDIAN.INI please Wink
Midi / Load Driver => (Not found drivers)
Midi / Driver Information =>
Current driver:Internal driver
Program Banks 0: General Midi / drum Banks: GM drumkit

My MERIDIAN.INI:

[Display colors (RGB)]
Foreground_color_normal  = 5,5,5
Background_color_normal  = 0,0,0
Foreground_color_menu	 = 7,7,7
Background_color_menu	 = 1,2,3
Foreground_color_error	 = 7,7,7
Background_color_error	 = 3,0,0

[Directories]
Music_dir		 =
Library_dir		 =
[System preferences]
Max_workspace_SYX	 = 32

[Driver]
MIDI_driver		 = 
OPL4_driver		 = standard.opl

[Tempo & signature]
Ticks			 = 192
Tempo			 = 500
Numerator		 = 4
Denominator		 = 2

[Play options]
Play_tempo		 = YES
Play_pitch		 = YES
Play_bank_kit		 = YES
Play_program		 = YES
Play_volume		 = YES
Play_pan 		 = YES
Play_modulation	 = YES
Play_pedal		 = YES
Play_expression	 = YES
Play_pressure		 = YES
Play_aftertouch	 = YES
Play_user_control	 = YES
Play_RPN 		 = YES
Play_sysex		 = YES
Play_off_velocity	 = NO
Play_fixed_velocity	 = NO
Play_velocity		 = 100

[SMF load options]
Load_SMF_tempo 	 = YES
Load_SMF_pitch 	 = YES
Load_SMF_bank_kit	 = YES
Load_SMF_program	 = YES
Load_SMF_volume	 = YES
Load_SMF_pan		 = YES
Load_SMF_modulation	 = YES
Load_SMF_pedal 	 = YES
Load_SMF_expression	 = YES
Load_SMF_pressure	 = YES
Load_SMF_aftertouch	 = YES
Load_SMF_user_control	 = YES
Load_SMF_RPN		 = YES
Load_SMF_sysex 	 = YES

In the MERIDIAN directory, i have all these files:

EUROMAN.MID
TECNOVOX.MID
MERIDIAN.LDR
MERIDIAN.PGM
OPL4_GM1.OPL
MERIDIAN.INI
MERIDIAN.HLP
JV-1080.SRC
JV-1080O.SRC
05-RW.SRC
JV-30.SRC
N264-364.SRC

By igal

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22-09-2012, 16:44

Ok, I understand now.

1) dont insert the Music Module. (MERIDIAN freeze on INITIALISE PLAYING...)
2) Start MERIDIAN
3) OPL4 / Load OPL4soundBank => OPL4_GM1.OPL
4) Song / Open / (click on MERIDIANtype) and choice ALLtype.
5) You can all these type:
Midi File / Moon Blaster / Moonbl. FM / Moonbl. Wave / Soundtracker / Meridian

Now, i search to play all song with the Music Module.
More than ever, I think a specific driver for music module is required.

Latok I hope that will help us Smile

By Latok

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22-09-2012, 21:37

I've put my Meridian directory right here. Hopefully it can be of any help and/or use :)

By Meits

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23-09-2012, 01:21

Got me curious there, but unfortunately it just crashes my computer... No matter how I think I do the right thing :/
Should Meridian work out of the box or is there some kind of manual?
My hardware meets the demands easily...

By Latok

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23-09-2012, 01:41

It should work out of the box, I haven't ever changed any settings!

And here I have a turboR GT with 1mb internal RAM, Moonsound and MusicModule connected through extended slot 2. As I said before, works like a charm...

Strange....

By igal

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24-09-2012, 23:22

Hi all.

After many trials, here is the solution that allowed me to run correctly MERIDIAN.

It is possible to start with MERIDIAN Moonsound and / or Music Module.

The Moonsound should not be OPL emulation mode (Jumper 1 in his case).

If you insert the Music Module, you must use the TIMER Moonsound and not the Music Module TIMER.
Play => Midi HardWare => Midi Timer => MoonSound (OPL4).

From that moment, all music will be played by the MIDI OUT connector of Music Module.

Simply connect an expander or synthesizer sounds nice to listen to.

It is also possible to listen to music using the OPL4 Moonsound.

To do this, you must instruct the Bank OPL4_GM1.OPL as follows:

Here is a Music. MID interpreted by the Moonsound in OPL4.
http://igalsirour.hautetfort.com/media/00/01/570461173.mp3

You can find other informations here => http://www.msxvillage.fr/forum/topic.php?id=1469#m31304

By Latok

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24-09-2012, 23:35

Thx! You should try listening to some *.MER files using the OPL4 driver. In those songs, Michel de Vries is using some great 2-OP and 4-OP FM instruments. I believe in the combination between WAVE and FM, the true power of the OPL4 is hiding Smile

By igal

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25-09-2012, 09:39

Latok wrote:

Thx! You should try listening to some *.MER files using the OPL4 driver. In those songs, Michel de Vries is using some great 2-OP and 4-OP FM instruments. I believe in the combination between WAVE and FM, the true power of the OPL4 is hiding Smile

I do not know why, with the files. MER, some music as ADOL.MER GRADIUS.MER start or pause ...
1) Do you encounter this bug?
2) Maybe the problem is OPL4_GM1.OPL?
3) Do you have another Sound Bank that OPL4_GM1.OPL or if you have kept an old version of MERIDIAN? (maybe the files inside the old version a bit diferent!)

If I understand the interest 05_RW.DRV:
4) It requires MERIDIAN to emulate the choice of instrument much like a KORG?
5) It requires the OPL4 to produce identical waves KORG?
6) It forces the cases (4) and (5)?

This software is amazing. Shame it is not completely finished!
Thank you for your help

Here is the MP3 recording of MIDI files played on a PC using the wavetable card Famous TRIX AUDIO PRO OPL4:
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/ALIE...
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/HAWK...
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/FASH...
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/TECN...
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/EURO...
http://www.symphoniae.com/soundcard/MediaTriX/ATPRO/MP3/FIDL...

By igal

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27-09-2012, 13:55

Hi all.

To resolve some problems of reading on ".mer" Files. I would try to read these files with an older version of this Meridian.

Meridian 2.1 or other...

Thx.

By mars2000you

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27-09-2012, 20:23

I've finally found all the drivers :

http://web.archive.org/web/20030420153907/http://www.meridia...

But you need to check if they are good for version 3.0 .....

By Retrofan

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26-11-2013, 10:14

Maybe someone could continue develop this program as the sources are available?

By selios2000

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23-03-2015, 17:19

The problem is that if you do not have Moonsound it doesn't appear in the menu, so only Music Module timer is displayed and cannot be disconnected.

By -Neo-

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08-06-2015, 02:41

Correct, same problem here. Nasty bug?

By journey

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28-01-2017, 20:26

Hi all,
I have tried to use Meridian with my TurboR ST but no luck... When I load a song (.mid, .mer) i can hear only one single note, then nothing...
I've tried both with Moonsound, and external midi module (SC88Pro).
Someone can help me?

Thank you

By journey

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31-01-2017, 07:51

Any suggestions? Sad

By Mr.Mouse

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22-02-2019, 22:28

Did anyone get this program to work with a Philips Music Module, OPL4 running from a megaflashrom ?
I wonder if MIDI IN commands are actually processed by Meridian and converted to OPL4 in real-time?
So far I have had no luck getting even a .mer file to play (hangs) and I read that the program should allow MIDI in, but I can't see this happening.