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IMS 4.7

Intuitive MIDI System

IMS main screen


Intuitive MIDI System
Sequencer by the Muzys Team.
Released as Freeware

Muzys (was MBoom) was first developed on Atari and was called IMS (Intuitive Midi System). They have now released this version as Freeware and it is now available.

IMS in my opinion is very much like Cubase with the same keyboard shortcuts for the transport, but with some very unusual editors not found in Cubase (or any other sequencer)It also has some handy utilities which are usually seperate programs: a MIDI monitor, A 2 D controller (like a Joystick controller for Controller mesages)a Sysex dumper and tempo fader. It also has an interesting help system bulit into the program. By clicking on Help in the transport, a dialog comes up in which you can click or push a key and a help subject comes up on what you clicked on or what key you pressed. Very "intuitive". Also clicking the right button in an editor or the arrange "room" you get a tool bar very much in kin with Cubase.

IMS keyedit screen

1. Starting ...


- Start the program by double-clicking on "IMS_47.PRG".

- After a while, the IMS space intro appears. Press any key or mouse to continue.

- When 'Help' is enabled, a small window appears to tell you that whenever you want help, you can click on the 'Help' button on top of the screen. More about this later.

- Press any key or click outside this window to continue.

2. Recording / Playback


- The first thing to know is that, when you play your keyboard, IMS directs it to the 'Current Instrument'. This can be set by clicking in the panel window (bottom-left of the screen) on the appropriate button.

An instrument is in fact just a name for a combination of a midi-port and channel. Some other things can be defined per instrument.

So if you select 'Atari 1' you will hear the sound coming from the midi- instrument(s) connected to the atari-port, and set to channel 1.

You can change the current instrument whenever you want.

- Please start playback by pressing 'Enter' or clicking on the 'Play'-button in the panel-window.

Now you must hear the metronome : a midi-click and a monitor-beep is played at the beginning of every beat.

If you don't hear the monitor-beep, please turn up the volume of your monitor-speaker.

If you don't hear the midi-click, the goto the system-menu, and then choose 'Click Setup'. Then choose the right instrument / key and velocity for the midi-click in your midi-setup.

Go back to the previous screen by pressing 'Esc'.

- You can stop playback by pressing '0' or clicking on the 'Play' button again. - Reset the song-position at 1.1.000 by pressing '0' (again). - Now, lets go for some recording by pressing '*' or clicking on the 'Rec'-button in the panel window. A countdown is played by the midi-click and by a monitor-beep.

Play something wild ...

Stop recording by stopping the sequencer or by pressing '*' / clicking 'Rec' again.

IMS asks you now for a name for the recording. Type in the name and press 'Return' or 'Enter'. When you don't like the recording just press 'Esc', and try again. Now you see a black part in the arrange-editor which contains your recording. Stop / reset the sequencer to 1.1.000 and playback the part : you hear what you played (quantized at 1/16).

When you directly go for another recording, IMS will ask afterwards wether the new recording must Merge or Overwrite the current (=black) part. Merge means mixing the old and the new. Overwrite means erasing the old and keeping the new. You can also choose the create a new (separate) part, or to cancel the recording. When you do some recording without having a current part, this means that no part is selected (black), a new part is automatically created. So by choosing a part (or no part) before recording, you can say where your recording must go.

Any part can contain recordings on different instruments. You can even change the current instrument while recording ! Please understand that the current instrument is just of importance for your next recordings, not for what is already recorded ! When you want to change the instrument for a part that is already recorded, you have to call the main-menu, choose 'Sequences', the choose 'Instrument'. This is a sequence-function just like transpose, velocity, etc...

3. The Arrange-Editor


- By making recordings, you create parts.

These parts can be moved, copied, erased, ...

This is where the Toolbox comes alive : By clicking the right mouse button, and releasing it, the arrange toolbox appears :

Cross : - (De)Selects parts. Use extra for extended selections.
- Moves parts, or with copies parts
Pencil : - Lengthen/Shorten existing parts.

- Draw new parts which will play the same sequence as the current part, or when no current part, a new sequence !
With , the sequence-pool is called, which is explained later.

Gum : Erases parts

Sissor : Divides parts

Glue : Mixes parts

Muter : (Un)Mute parts

Navigator : With this tool, you can position and zoom the edit-window.

4. Some info about the inside


In fact, IMS has a structure inside, which is interesting to know :
When you record something, this creates a sequence. A sequence is a sequence of events, with a certain length. For example, lets take a drum-sequence of 4 bars, called 'Drum-1'. When this sequence is placed in an arrange, this is done by means of a 'part'. So, lets say Drum-1 must play from 1.1.000 to 5.1.000, then a part is created from 1.1.000 to 5.1.000 with a pointer to the sequence Drum-1. But we can play it also from 9.1.000 to 17.1.000 by means of a 2nd part, but we still have 1 sequence. If we edit Drum-1, U will hear that its changed as well in the 1st as in the 2nd part. This is because its the same sequence ! Since the 2nd part plays 8 bars, Drum-1 will repeat itself 2 times (8/4=2). So the sequence-length is a bit like a loop-length. You can change this length at any time in a very musical way ...

There is still one thing to tell about sequences : the pool.

Any recorded sequence comes in the sequence-pool. This is very handy since you can draw parts in an arrange and choose a sequence out of the pool. This works like a kind of little library. So you can create sequences, and use them anywhere, without scrolling or whatever; just call them when you need them. The advantages of the pool will become obvious when working with IMS.

IMS Vintage Editor screen

5. Editors


When you want to change something of a sequence, you can use an editor. There are several editors in IMS which all have their own specialities :

- List Editor : A mathematical list of events
- Key Editor : The famous piano-roll editor, used to edit the note-keys.
- Grafix Editor : Edits the velocity for notes, curves for controllers,
- Drum Editor : Define a drum-map, and make some drum-patterns.

- You can access these editors easyly by clicking on the editor-button in the panel window.

By left-clicking, you go to the indicated editor. By right-clicking, you can choose an editor. All detailed info about any editor can be requested via the Help-Wizard, explained below.

IMS list edit screen

6. Main-Menu & Fast-Keys


Via the main-menu, you can access all (big) functions of IMS, like

- Copying arranges
- Part mute possibilities
- Transpose a sequence
- Rename an instrument
- Go to the Fader-Room
- Load / Save
- Syncronisation Setup

This main-menu is at the top of the screen.
Click on it or press Shift+Fn (respective function-key).

First choose the main-topic, ex. 'Disk', then choose the sub-item, ex. 'Save'.

When you would have to access the main-menu all the time, also for frequent functions, this would be very frustrating. This is where the Fast-Keys come alive : Fast-Keys are key-combinations which you can choose yourself to call up main-menu-functions.

When you want to assign a Fast-Key to a function, call up the main-menu, make your main-choice, and then, in the second menu, you will see appear some Soft-Buttons (explained below) at the bottom of the screen.

The 1st is 'Assign' which corresponds with function-key F1.

So before making your 2nd choice, but with the menu-cursor on the right item, press F1 and make any key-combination of , and with almost any key on the computer-keyboard.

Whenever you make this key-combination, it calls directly the assigned function.

An example : We want to assign the key-editor to the 'E' key.

Call the main-menu by pressing or clicking on the 'Menu' button in the panel window, and choose "Edit". Then go with the cursor (arrows keys, mouse) to "Key-Editor", then press F1, then press 'E'. Now the Key-Editor is assigned to the 'E' key.

You can make Fast-Keys where you want, it is fully free, personal and practical !

Please note that you have to save any changes in the Fast-Key setup by using the "Save" soft-button (F4). When saved as "START_UP.FKY" on your start-up disk(ette), these Fast-Keys are automatically loaded on start-up.

7. Soft-Buttons


Some 'little' functions are accessed by Soft-Buttons, which are the black buttons at the bottom of the screen.

These Soft-Buttons are very screen-dependent and they change depending on what you are actually doing.

Every Soft-Button corresponds with the relevant function key :
SB1 = F1
SB2 = F2

... Don't forget these Soft-Buttons because they cover a wide range of very specific functions.

8. Help-Wizard


IMS has an integrated Help-Wizard which contains a full manual of the program, and can be called via the 'Help' button in the panel-window.

A little window appears and tells U that U can press any key or click the mouse about which you want to get help.

This means that you can - Click on any button of the panel window
- Choose any main-menu item
- Click in the working area
- Choose any tool out of the toolbox
(right mouse-button)
- Press/click any Soft-Button

about which you want to get more information. Within the little help-window, you have a button called "Special Topics". With this button, you can get help on some special topics.

============================================================================ We hope that this "Getting Started" tutorial will give you the right launch to get through the initial learning-fase.

Have Fun !!!

The Muzys Team


Global Keys


Esc : Exit, Return to previous
Shift+Esc : Return to Arrange-Editor
Undo : Undo (explained later)
Shift+Undo : Set undo
Control+Undo : Undo info
Help : Main-Menu
Arrow keys : Position editor-window
Control+Arrow keys : Zoom editor-window
Shift+Clr/Home : Zoom-out editor-window

Default Fast-Keys


0 : Stop, Rewind
Enter : Play
Spacebar : Toggle Play / Stop
* : Record
( : Rewind
) : Forward
. : Double speed
Alternate+. : Half speedv 1,2 : Position at left/right-locator
3 : Position at window-start
4 : Position at current part start
5 : Position at last set
6 : Position at last stop
7,8,9 : Recall cue-position 1,2,3
Shift+1,2 : Set left/right-locator
Shift+7,8,9 : Set cue-position 1,2,3
/ : Cycle On/Off
C : Click On/Off
I : Select current instrument
Shift+I : Adapt current instrument
G : Select current groove
D : Duplicate sequence
T : Transpose
V : Velocity
L : Sequence-length
N : Sequence-name
M : Inverse mute for selected parts
Control+A : Select all
Control+X : Cut to clipboard
Control+C : Copy to clipboard
Control+V : Paste from clipboard
Alt+3 : List Edit
Alt+4 : Key Edit
Alt+5 : Grafix Edit
Alt+6 : Drum Edit
Cntrl Alt I : Change instrument


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