MIDIPoet - Player
The MIDIPoet player is a
program that lets you >play< the image/text pieces previously composed
using MIDIPoet composer, and saved as *.mip files. Various
pieces can be played sequentially by including them in a playlist.
1. Choose one or various compositions (*.mip files) by specifying their path (left side of the screen), select them from the list at the center and include them in the playlist (right side of the screen) by using the >>> button.
2. If any of the chosen pieces uses MIDI, specify the input and/or output ports (bottom of the screen). Activate the "Thru" checkbox if you want MIDI Thru (MIDI input = MIDI output)
3. Regulate the speed at which the pieces will be played by using the "Speed" scroll bar.
4. Press the "Play" button to start playing the piece selected in the playlist.
5. To exit MIDIPoet player, press the "Exit" button.
"Refresh" button -- MIDIPoet player and MIDIPoet composer are independent programs, that can be used simultaneously. While composing a piece, you can preview it with MIDIPoet player. The "Refresh" button updates the list of available pieces in the specified path. If a new composition has been saved using this path, it will not appear on the list until the "Refresh" button is pressed.
"<<<" and "---" buttons
>>> when a piece is selected from the central list, it can be included in the playlist by pressing the ">>>" button
<<< a piece can be removed from the playlist by choosing it and pressing the "<<<" button
--- to clear the playlist, use the "---" button
MIDI In -- You can choose the MIDI input port from the MIDI in field. If one or more pieces involve MIDI-controlled events, you have to specify here the port to which the MIDI control device is connected.
MIDI Out and Thru -- MIDIPoet player can generate MIDI output; in the field labeled "MIDI out" you can choose the MIDI port to which the output messages will be sent during the performance. MIDI outputs can be generated in two ways: if the "Thru" checkbox is marked, all MIDI messages that arrive at the input port will be routed to the specified output port. If the "Thru" checkbox is not marked, MIDI outputs will only be the MIDI messages internally generated by a MIDIPoet piece.
Speed -- The speed at which MIDIPoet pieces are played can be adjusted by varying the update frequency. By default, the speed is 1 millisecond (maximum speed)
When the "Play"
button is pressed, a small "loading" screen will appear. Loading time
depends on the complexity of the piece, and the number of images it includes.
To start playing, press the "F5" key. This key also allows to pause/continue the playing of a piece at any moment.
To increase playing speed, press the "Page up" key. To decrease it, press "Page down".
To play the next piece in the playlist, press "F1" key. To play the prevous piece, press "F2".
To stop playing and return to the configuration screen, press "Esc" key.
If a piece reacts to computer keyboard events, you must press "Ctrl" plus the desired key. For instance, if an event is activated by pressing the "a" key, you should press "Ctrl" + "a" simultaneously.
If a piece accepts live text input, type it directly and press the "Enter" key when done.