Apple Organ is a no-frills oldie that
turns the Apple II's built-in keyboard into a basic square-wave organ.
Audex is a sound file editor which has
provisions for graphically creating audio files as well as digitizing sounds
input through the cassette port.
Bank Street Music
Bank Street Music Writer allows
you to write, edit and play back music using the Mockingboard sound
Electric Duet, as the name suggests,
simulates two-voice sound and manages to do it quite convincingly. The program
contains both a "jukebox" player for song files, as well as a dual keyboard
"piano" program. Although the sound is not the most pleasant imaginable,
it does offer a vast improvement over the less sophisticated Apple
II Sound allows playback of 11, 22 and
44 Khz samples assigned to the number keys. Fairly limited on a stock Apple
II, but capable of utilizing several types of memory expansion to play
MusiComp can be used to compose and
play simple melodies on the Apple II. Geared more towards music education
and idle tinkering, MusiComp is still worth checking out, if only
from a historical perspective.
Taking off where MusiComp
left off, Music Construction Set, with it's joystick-driven GUI and
Mockingboard support was
really not far away from becoming a "serious" music application. Although
the joystick interface is somewhat uncomfortable, it did presage the ubiquity
of "point-and-click" digital music editing in the years to come.
Despite its rather promosing title, Omnivox
is a simple organ-like program that makes notes out of rapidly repeated
blips. 3 banks of 8 "patches" yield a variety of sounds, none of which are
terribly pleasant to hear.
RT.SYNTH is a remarkable
piece of software which turns the Apple IIe into a real-time
wave-table synthesizer. Using a unique method of reading the Apple
RT.SYNTH plays much more naturally than other "keyboard
programs and has the added benefit of an impressive array of voices,
each with an 8
RT.SYNTH also features real-time recording and playback with the ability
to save and load songs from disk, as well as a "VoicePak" editor for user
S.A.M. (Software Automated
This remarkable follow-up to the S.A.M.
speech synthesizer card by DON'T ASK Computer Software essentially
duplicates the card's capabilities in software. Aside from reciting plain
text documents, S.A.M. also makes use of a sophisticated system of
phonemes. Controls for pitch and speed allow for a variety of voices and
even open up the tantalizing prospect of a singing Apple II!
Unfortunately the documentation accompanying
this download is intended for the hardware version which uses different
addresses, so any would-be programmers will have to do a little reverse-engineering.
SoftDAC by Scott Alfter is a 4-bit digital
audio player capable of playing back 8-bit .wav files. Although quite screechy
and not as versatile as DAC522, it is still quite fun to play around with.
SoftDAC can also take advantage of RAMWORKS style memory expansion
to play longer sound files.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Michael Mahon's Sound
Editor is a Sound Editor for the Apple II. Powered by the DAC522
audio engine, Sound Editor is capable of performing a number of audio
editing tasks including resampling; reversing, volume adjustment as well
as cut, paste and crop. Sound Editor also has a compressed mode handy
for those poor souls limited to 5.25" diskettes. Version 2.2x is an unofficial
hack which provides upper-case menus for the ][+.
Sound Ramp is an audio file processor
which greatly reduces the "popping" inherent in DAC522 playback. Sound
Ramp has no "undo" feature, so it's best to use it on copies rather
An AppleSoft program that uses the Apple II
Joystick or Game Paddle to play low-budget synth leads.
TimeLord is a simple rhythm sequencer
which uses polyphonic samples to emulate a five-piece drum kit. TimeLord
can also be used to sequence bass-lines, though it's fixed note resolution
limits it's usefulness in this area. Although the user interface is somewhat
crude (even by Apple II standards), TimeLord can be used to
create simple beats or complex song arrangements.
Additional Sample Banks:
A slighly improved version... TimeLord 2.1 features improved "intuitive" pattern
editors with playback capability as well as synchronized starting for NadaNet networked machines.