Recording library MS

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The Recording Librarian is a specialized remote control panel for the Record option on the Millennium carillon. You should be familiar with making recordings using the Millennium keyboard before using this application. The menu button for the Recording Librarian will not appear unless your carillon has the factory installed record option, and the Management Suite is installed with a Premium license.

Record a Performance

Clicking the Record a Performance button (which changes to Go to Standby) activates the record menu and places the carillon in the rehearsal mode. Automation is suspended while the record menu is active. If you wish to exit the record menu to resume the automatic schedule, press Go to Standby.

The keyboard is active for practicing through the inside speakers only. If you wish to play through the outside speakers, you can click on the Outside indicator. The Volume Up/Down buttons allow you to adjust the level of the inside monitor speaker. The bell voice that will be used for the recordings is listed at the top of the blue display screen. To select alternate bell voices, click the Keyboard On/Voice Select button. The Record button enables the carillon for recording from the keyboard. If you do not begin to play the keyboard within 10 seconds, the recording will cancel. If you have previously recorded something into the temporary memory buffer without saving it, the system will ask you if you mean to Replace the Last Take. If you mean to erase the last recording without saving it, press Yes to continue.

The Play button allows you to review the temporary recording buffer (selection 8000). The Save button transfers the recording from the temporary memory to permanent read only memory and assigns the recording a selection number. This takes a little time and when complete, the selection will appear as Untitled at the end of the selection listing. The system returns to the automation standby mode after saving a selection, so you will have to click Record a Performance to return to the record menu.

Title and Categorize Your Recording

If you title your selection, it will be available in the title lookup for the Jukebox and other music library applications. To process the song you have just recorded, select the last selection in the list by clicking on it. If you can’t remember what it was, right click it and select Play (from the pop-up menu, not the button at the top) to audition it.

Click the Enable Changes check-box to allow editing. Double click 'Untitled' to open the Title Text field, and type the title of the selection (up to 20 characters). Double click the item in the Random Play field to select an almanac season to add the selection to (unless you wish to add it to the User Group 9 list). When you have finished titles and categories for all of the selections you wish to change, click Save Changes to Device.

Import a MIDI file

Instead of using the Record function to capture a performance on the keyboard, you can import a MIDI file. This file has to be saved from a notation editor or sequencing program in a format that is compatible with the librarian:

MIDI format 0 file (single track)

Open the Recording Librarian application and select Import MIDI 0 from the file menu. You can either navigate to where the midi file is, or drag it into the Open file dialog. The song is imported into the temporary recording buffer (selection 8000) overwriting any selection contained there. Make sure you save the last recording before importing or recording a new one.

To audition the song, click the Play button. You can change the voice it plays on by clicking the Keyboard ON/Voice Select button. You may have to transpose the selection in the sequencing software to make it sound right on the bells. When the selection sounds the way you want it, click on the Save button and it will be added to the list of recordings as Untitled.

As of version 5.0.3, tempo and time signature changes are supported for MIDI file imports. If you import a bell ringing sequence you want to repeat without a pause, you can set the category to Bell Ringing to bypass the pause.