|★ APPLICATIONS ★ CREATION MUSICAL ★ GOLDMARK SYSTEMS: TUNESMITH|CPC Computing) ★|
|Goldmark Systems: Tunesmith||Applications Creation Musical|
WHEN a company is best known for one type of product it's often difficult for it to branch out in other directions. The name Goldmark Systems probably brings to mind tape-to-disc copiers, but now it has released a few packages which deépart from this image.
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Last, but by no means least, we have Tunesmith. Most CPC games incorporate music, ranging from simple bleeps to a full-blown tune. The problem for most people wanting to write computerised music is that they are not trained in how to string notes together. Being tone deaf doesn't help much either.
Tunesmith converts your keyboard into a simple eight-octave electronic organ. Synth mode adds a touch of futuristic sound for zap-and-blast games, with the organ mode best used for title music.
Playback will let you enter the notes one at a time and listen to the result at full speed. The main drawback is that you can't edit the tune to alter one or two notes. The only method of doing this is to save the music as a Basic program, and change the notes within the resulting data statements.
This facility to save music as a program is very welcome, and even complex tunes are stored in relatively short code. With a little practice, you'll soon be churning out the melodies with the alacrity of Messrs Rice and Lloyd-Webber.