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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on computer sound
(58) Mon 23 Sep 91 15:38
By: Kenneth McVay
Re: SOUND: Frequently Asked Questions
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kenneth McVay)
FAQL (Frequently Asked Questions List)
The sound letter receives a fair amount of questions so we have
decided to produce this frequently asked questions list to
provide a good start for those entering the sound field.
1) What are the various types of sound files available?
a) SND : These are 8-bit sound samples usually generated by
Macintosh computers. It can be easily ported to
other environments such as the IBM.
b) MOD : These are sound samples usually generated by Amiga
computers. It is not compatible with other
c) STM : These are Scream Tracker files used by the Scream
Tracker Program (IBM). Instruments are stored inside
d) ROL : These are Roland files to be used with Roland
compatible equipment. AdLib users will be able to
play these files with the files with the help of the
AdLib/Rol sound driver. Sound Blaster users should
use the PLAYROL driver.
e) MUS : These are a Sound Blaster MUSic files to used with
the PLAY program. Instruments are stored in a SND
file which is not compatible with the SND format
commonly used by the Macintosh.
f) VOC : These are Sound Blaster VOiCe files which is pseudo-
compatible with SND files, except the header must be
stripped off and the sample converted to a standard
g) CMF : Creative Music Format used by Soundblaster cards. This
comes with the Soundblaster but is not in wide use.
h) AU : Sun uLaw file. These play on the Sun work stations and
with sun2voc you can converte it to soundblaster VOC format.
2. What are the various sound program I can use on my PC and what types
of sound files do they play?
a) REmac/Playmac : These programs are the first in the field
of sound technology and can play SND files. The heart of
the sound player is REmac with Playmac providing an easy
point-and-shoot shell. These are Shareware
filenames: remac.zip, playmac2.zip
Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
b) Playbwc : A technological leap from Playmac. Playbwc now
incorporates B's Wave Center to play SND files. It also
supports SoundBlaster and AdLib boards as well as the JDAC
box. BWC also provides a powerful editor to mix sound
samples/alter waves, create echo's and much more.
The Playmac interface is Freeware and BWC is Shareware
Contact: (bwc) Kim.Heino@f151.n222.z2.FIDONET.ORG
(playmac) see (a)
c) Scream Tracker: This program is from Finland and will play
STM files. Instead of using sound samples, the STM format
plays samples from an instrument bank. This allows for
longer samples with less space. Shareware
contact: No internet address
d) Modplay: This program will play MOD files though the PC
speaker as well as the SoundBlaster. It provides several
features not readily available with other MOD packages.
This includes the ability to fastforward though files.
This program is Freeware
e) Play 4.0 : This program will play SND files through the
PC speaker with an easy to use interface.
f) FM Sound: This is a Windows ROL player designed to play
ROL files in the Windows 3.0 Environment. Windows 3.0 is
required with this program and supports a more
sophisticated instrument bank file. Best ROL player for
Windows 3.0 users. This is Shareware
g) Track blaster: This programs only works with the Sound
Blaster and will be able to play MOD files. Best program
for MOD files for Sound Blaster users. This is Shareware.
h) ModEdit : This program will allow you to edit MOD files.
(see info in this sound newsletter)
contact : email@example.com
i) DigiPlay :
3) What sort of Sound cards are available?
a) Soundblaster/Soundblaster Pro
b) Adlib/Adlib Gold
4) What is multimedia?
5) What are these FTP sites I always here of?
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. The FTP utility is a
program used to receive files from a remote system. FTP sites
contain archives of programs and those listed at the bottom
of the newsletter.
6) How else can I obtain sound files?
Also listed below is a partial list of bulletin boards (BBS)
that carry the sound letter as well as various sound files.
If you have a modem you can connect to these boards and
download the files to your computer. The Sound Newsletter may
in the future also have disks available via mail.
7) How can I convert the sound blaster format to a SND?
There is a utility called voc2snd that is avaiable which will
convert the files for you.
8) How can I convert the SUN format to a VOC file.
Use the utility called sun2voc.
9) How can I play files on a Mac?
Mac users can tread SND files as a sound resourse file similiar
to those provided for Macintosh.
10) How can I play files on a Sun?
11) How can I play files on an Amiga?
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