Computer Software by Laurie Spiegel
Music Mouse - An Intelligent Instrument -
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Music Mouse
What's Been Said About "Music Mouse"
Music Mouse Features and Specs
Music Mouse Revision History
Music Mouse's Ultimate History
About Real Mice and Other Non-Human Animals
Read the Mac Music Mouse Manual
Version 2.1.2 for Mac OS 9
Music Mouse for Atari computers.
Register Macintosh Music Mouse, or the MIDI Terminal,
Order Music Mouse for Atari or Amiga in a package with the software
on old fashioned floppy disk and a printed bound manual. You can also order
an Unseen Worlds cd of my made mostly with Music Mouse.
Note: If you want the Amiga or Atari ST versions of Music Mouse, it would be
best to email me
to make sure there are still packages left, as these are physical packages, to be sent by snail-mail.
Created "Music Mouse 2.1.2 Classic that runs under Classic on OSX Macs.
(QuickTime Music output only. No direct MIDI output.)
Fixed serial port over-run problem in OS9 version. (Macs had been locking up if used with certain MIDI interfaces that continually send Active Sensing while MM's "MIDI Thru" option is turned OFF.)
Note: This is a free update for registered users of Music Mouse 2.1 or newer.
New versions of both the Manual and the IdeaBank/Tutorial fix the "squooshed font" problem some users have reported on some systems and printers. These manuals are unchanged except that the font problem is now fixed, and the actual program is unchanged.
Note: If you are a registered user and have this problem, but you have not received email notification of the download URL for the new versions of these manuals, email me.
Music Mouse can now use QuickTime and no longer requires MIDI.
The new 2.1 version of Macintosh Music Mouse works with either external MIDI or with Apple QuickTime audio.
If you're already a registered user for an earlier version, you can update to the current version using the registration form included in the demo package.
You need to have QuickTime 2.0 or later from Apple, including the QuickTime Musical Instruments extension, installed on your Mac in order to use the Mac's internal sounds.
This is a program I first wrote for my own use way back in 1986 on my spiffy new Mac 512k, that somehow ended up enough in demand that it became a so-called "product", and actually got rated as a "5 Mouse" program by MacUser Magazine. It lets you use the computer itself as a musical instrument, played by moving the mouse with one hand while you control dozens of available musical parameters from the Mac's "qwerty". It's a great musical idea generator, ear trainer, compositional tools, and improvising instrument. The software does a lot of harmony handling for you (you control the variables it uses for this), so it's useful - as are all "real instruments"at any level of musical training, experience, or skill, from beginning through professional.
here to read the MIDI Terminal's Revision History.
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