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Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by D-Collector » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:40 pm

Does anyone have the files for these programs? I would very much like to try them out as they seem to be the only pattern based DOS sequencers. Hard as h**l to find anything online about them, but I did come across these pictures:

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Post by nathanscribe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:17 am

I just found this, if it's any use:

http://www.magneticmusic.com/downloads.html

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Post by D-Collector » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:56 am

Indeed, there is the version I was looking for! Thanks Nathan! You know I have been to that site many times but for some reason I thought those files were for a newer 32 bit windows midi program from 98-99 that was also called "Texture", I downloaded that from hitsquad in it's 4.0 version but was none the wiser.

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Post by nathanscribe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:30 am

No problem. Let us know how you get on with it. I'm intrigued.

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by D-Collector » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:02 pm

First test in DosBox went well, everything works except for the fact that the program freezes when I try to record. I guess it's due to limitations in the MPU-401 emulation in DosBox. Also, DosBox doesn't have midi-in. But I have already learned a lot about how the program works just by exploring and the occasional glance in the manual. This program is good!

I then tried to run it on my 486 DX2 (the machine I use for SPG) but it goes straight into computer lockup/freeze. The manual clearly states that this is because of interupt conflict with the MPU-401, and the magneticmusic website says you need an original Roland MPU-401 to use it at all and that emulations such as on the SoundBlasters will not work. Bit of a shame really. In my 486 I have a SoundBlaster Vibra16c that provides SB16 mode to SPG. Surprising, I would have thought real SoundBlaster hardware would do better emulation than DosBox.

Sooo... Anyone have an old Roland MPU-401 for IBM pc they don't need anymore?

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Post by nathanscribe » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:01 pm

Presumably you've tinkered with the interrupt settings?

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Post by D-Collector » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:28 pm

Yup, I have -but to no avail. Nothing worked.

I think if I can get this to work (which I now suspect means getting hold of an MPU-401) I will use it a lot. I have done a lot of investigation on DOS sequencers and it seems Texture and Prism are the only ones that are pattern based. This is a little strange I think, but maybe back then it was considered an outdated method. Me, I find this the most inspiring way to make music! And chaining pattern in "links" that make up a song is easy, in fact it's very similar to a tracker except that each instrument track contains polyphonic data like normal sequencers.

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by Rick N Boogie » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:12 am

I'm just pleasantly surprised to see Roger Powells name come up. Ever listen to his "Cosmic Furnace" album?
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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by willem.deboer » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:18 pm

Several years later ...... Just wondering, have you done many songs with your copy of Texture?
I love Texture and its pattern-based concept. Indeed for me the most creative and rewarding way to build songs with a sequencer. Never found a modern sequencer based on the same principle. Pity.

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by D-Collector » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:10 pm

Well, I never could get it to work on my DOS computer as it didn't work with MPU-401 emulation on the Soundblaster 16. I have been able to run in DOSBox but I've never sequenced anything as there are crashes.

Yeah! I am also so frustrated that there are no other pattern based MIDI sequencers for DOS, or any modern alternatives, DAWs that are pattern based like that. Even take a great sequencer like Trackman for the Atari ST! Essentially a Linn 9000 / oldschool MPC sequencer. Still such a popular method to work, why not make a simple daw in the same fashion with VST integration? Of course you have the MPC software but it requires the controller from what I understand.

Personally I use Synapse Orion 7.6, and have done so since 2008. It's not exactly thay way I would prefer it to work but still the closest to my taste. A shame 8.x is no longer sold or developed.

Still looking for "Prism" though.. You wouldn't have a copy by any chance?

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by willem.deboer » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:25 pm

Yeah, same experience here. I got it running in a DOS-box and was able to load my old songs in a newer version and save them as midi files, though. I will have a look for Prism on old backups. I remember I had it installed, at one point in time.

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by D-Collector » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:44 pm

willem.deboer wrote:Yeah, same experience here. I got it running in a DOS-box and was able to load my old songs in a newer version and save them as midi files, though. I will have a look for Prism on old backups. I remember I had it installed, at one point in time.
Cool! any links to the music you have made with it? :)

Ah, that would be great if you found it! :mrgreen:

Collecting old DOS software is also a hobby of mine.. ;)

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Re: Roger Powell's "Texture" and "Prism" sequencers...

Post by willem.deboer » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:23 pm

Sorry, no links, and I'm still looking for Prism. I know I have it somewhere .......

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