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I am making these midi files (The Complete Polonaises of Chopin) available now (rather than later) because I have reached a point of diminishing returns in their editing. That is, theoretically the pieces can always come closer still to the way I think they ought to be interpreted--but not by so much that it justifies my spending all that much more effort on it. Although it was fun while it lasted, it's time to work on something else now.

      COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright (P) 1999 Mr. S. D. Rodrian

Although any transcription of Chopin's music is by definition in the Public Domain, these 'interpretations' ARE copyrighted as performances:

This music may not be reproduced by any means without the expressed written permission of S. D. Rodrian... with the one exception that these Midi files may be freely distributed through the WWW as long as they are not modified in any way.

As a point of departure you must understand that I use the SoundBlaster AWE32 card (on a P.120 PC): This card comes with digitally sampled instruments. [I use Master Tracks Pro.]

On other software (provided the hardware is capable of digitally-sampled instruments), if you don't know how to avoid the FM banks of computer-generated instruments try the Midi Mapper (which might have been properly programmed with your card's wave table instruments).

These files are set to a minimum 'stereo' pan. The following set of 'controls' instructions are for the AWE32 card, but users of other cards may deduce the effect I'm after from them...

for the CREATIVE MIXER: set the Treble, Bass, and MIDI Volumes to their loudest possible settings. Then set MAIN VOLUME to play at your own particular comfort level. NOTE that the note 'velocities' in these files are set to the loudest possible setting (whenever and wherever possible).
Set all right/left 'balances' as close as possible to the center.

for the AWE32 CONTROL PANEL: Use the Qsound (not Reverb and Chorus).

for the BOB (break-out box): Make sure all the controller 'boxes' (under the M's) are unchecked... Save this setting to the default.bob file if need be: When any box is 'checked' it interferes with the controller information sent by the midi files for proper playback....

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PLEASE NOTE:  When I was preparing these pieces on my computer I used a special group of setting and one commercial sound card in particular: The AWE64 card.

These are the settings I used (if you wish to recreate the sound I was hearing while preparing these piano works):

Windows 98 audio controls (open the little speaker icon in the tray): Click on the lever you wish to work on--The following values will make the settings more exactly like mine:

MIDI BALANCE:
Push the lever all the way down then PAGE-UP 3 times

VOLUME CONTROL:
Push the lever all the way down then PAGE-UP 2 times
                                       followed by 16 DOWN ARROWs

Then, click on the ADVANCED button:

BASS: PAGE-DOWN to "high" followed by 2 PAGE-UPs

TREBLE: PAGE-DOWN to the highest setting

For the ADVANCED AUDIO PROPERTIES (under PERFORMANCE):

Choose FULL AND BEST for WAVE IN

For The AWE CONTROL:

REVERBERATION: PLATE (or ROOM 3 is also acceptable)

CHORUSING: SHORT DELAY

EFFECT:    TREBLE = +12dB

                    BASS = +8dB

NOTE that these settings are for the piano font only... Other instrument fonts will sound weird with these settings and it's best to avoid ANY Reverberation and Chorusing with them.

SORRY, but there's only one so far:
Chopin's 'Military' Polonaise

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