AdLib Music Synthesizer: Downloads

Friday, April 29, 2016

Last Updated: Friday, July 1, 2016




Documents


Music Synthesizer Card - Jukebox Playback Program Manual image
User's Guide
The user's guide for the original 1/4" jack version of the sound card. This is an Adobe PDF file.

Programmer's Guide
The programmer's guide for the sound card. This is an Adobe PDF File.

Music Championship #1: Basic Concepts Manual image
Music Championship #1 - Basic Concepts User Guide
The manual for the Music Championship #1 - Basic Concepts software. This is an Adobe PDF file.

Software Development Tool Kit
Contains assorted docs, errata, sample programs, and some source code in this zip file.

Yamaha YM3812 Datasheet
Original, Alternate
Corrupt Original
Datasheet for the Yamaha YM3812, the chip used in the Adlib Music Synthesizer. This is a PDF file.


Missing Manuals:

Composition Projects #1 Manual image Instrument Maker Manual image Visual Composer Manual image




Software


Original Ad Lib, Inc. Software

AdLib Convert, Usage
Ad Lib Inc's own converter that converts .ROL files into their own .MUS files. This is a ZIP file.

Jukebox Registration Bonus Disk V1.51
A bonus song sample disk. Contains Jukebox 1.5x, a song from each of the original eight albums, and Bank Manager for the Adlib Music Synthesizer. Redundant, so it is mainly here for archival purposes. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.
Note: This one requires the SOUND.COM driver.

Jukebox Registration Bonus Disk V1.62
A bonus song sample disk. Contains Jukebox 1.6x, a song from each of the original eight albums, and Bank Manager for the Adlib Music Synthesizer. Redundant, so it is mainly here for archival purposes. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.
Note: This one does not requires the SOUND.COM driver, as it is integrated into the Jukebox executable.

Music Championship #1: Basic Concepts V1.13
Contains the AdLib Music Championship #1: Basic Concepts software. This is a 7zip file.

Instrument Maker V1.51
Contains the AdLib Instrument Maker software. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.

Jukebox V1.50
Contains the earlier known Jukebox player. This version is V1.50. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.
Note: This requires the SOUND.COM driver.

Jukebox V1.60
Contains the Jukebox player. This version is V1.60. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.
Note: This does not require the SOUND.COM driver, as it is integrated into the executable.

Jukebox V1.64
Contains the last known Jukebox player. This version is V1.64. This is a WinImage 360K disk image.
Note: This does not require the SOUND.COM driver, as it is integrated into the executable since V1.60. This version also is noted by Ad Lib, Inc. themselves to work with the Microchannel version of the card.

Pop Tunes V1.0
Contains the Pop Tunes player and 19 unique songs. This version is V1.0. This is a ZIP file.
Note: This version of the player utilizes the .INS AdLib instrument File format and not the newer .BNK AdLib Instrument Bank File format.

Pop Tunes V1.5
Contains the Pop Tunes player and 19 unique songs. This version is V1.5. This is a ZIP file.
Note: This version of the player utilizes the newer .BNK AdLib Instrument Bank File format and not the older .INS AdLib Instrument File format.

ROL to MIDI, 1992/05/17, Usage
Converter that converts .ROL files to Type 0 MIDI by the .MDI extension. You will need the corresponding .BNK file. This is a ZIP file.


Visual Composer V1.51 (WinImage 360K Disk Image), Visual Composer V1.51 (Zip Image)
Contains the AdLib Visual Composer. This version is V1.51. The WinImage 360K Disk image is the original distribution structure, while the zip file (from VGMPF) includes Instrument Maker and Jukebox (for which the original disk image never did, as they were separate). MIDI support was apparently lacking, and no help entries exist for MIDI in this version. In the official release, the COMPOSER.BAT file specifies the sound driver buffer limit at b1000 (4K of RAM), and in the VGMPF dump, the COMPOSER.BAT specifies the sound driver buffer limit at b3000 (12K of RAM), meaning it was modified; it has a modified date of January 5, 2003. Not necessarily a bad thing, it just means more complex songs can be achieved with the change, assuming you have enough system RAM in the first place.

Images of V1.51

Title Screen of V1.51: Visual Composer

Help Menu of V1.51     Options Menu of V1.51: MIDI Input



~Visual Composer V1.52 (Bare-Bones), Visual Composer V1.52 (Complete)~
Contains the AdLib Visual Composer. This version is V1.52. The Bare-Bones version is the one currently floating around the Internet as of late, and the complete version is the recreation of the original disk image structure from V1.51. The original V1.52 Internet copy was missing its README, and the one from v1.51 is out-of-date anyway, so it technically didn't matter. This version introduces MIDI options (mainly recording, playback, presets, and sync) through MPU-401 and another instrument bank named INSTRUM.BNK. The COMPOSER.BAT file now officially specifies the sound driver buffer limit at b6000 (24K of RAM) instead of b1000 (4K of RAM).

Images of V1.52

Title Screen of V1.52: Visual Composer/MIDI

Help Menu of V1.52: added MIDI help entries     Options Menu of V1.52: MIDI Input becomes MIDI Recording, other MIDI options are introduced




Third Party AdLib-Compatible Software

MEdit v1.0
Ocean Software's in-house music composer/editor that they later released/sold to the public. This is a ZIP file.

Sequencer Plus Gold v4.10 Editor, Latest Drivers, Manual, Audio Tutorial
Voyetra's MIDI sequencer. The drivers that are in a separate ZIP file are updated DOS drivers. The manual is a high-res scan. The Audio Tutorial is a recording of the tutorial cassette that came with the software. All are ZIP files except the manual, which is a PDF file.

Sequencer Plus Gold v4.11 Editor, Latest Drivers
Voyetra's MIDI sequencer. The drivers that are in a separate ZIP file are updated DOS drivers. If I recall, Version 4.11 introduces the fact that you can use more than one MIDI port, enabling you to use more than one device at once. The manual and audio tutorial can be used with this version. All are ZIP files.

Sequencer Plus Pro v4.05 Editor
Sequencer Plus Gold's little brother. You have fewer MIDI tracks to work with and MIDI ports are limited in this piece of software. This is a ZIP file.

InTune v2.0 Shareware
An AdLib .ROL music player created by Doug Brandon. You will need the corresponding .BNK file if the song(s) do(es) not use the STANDARD.BNK it comes with. This is a ZIP file.

MuchMusic v1.11
A shareware Adlib and Creative music player created by Tsung Hu. You will need the SOUND.COM driver as well as the corresponding .BNK file in order to play AdLib music. This is a ZIP file.

ROL to CMF v1.0a, ROL to CMF v1.01, Usage
Converter created by Creative Labs that converts .ROL files to their own .CMF format. v1.0a is not feature rich, but v1.01 is. You will need the corresponding .BNK file, at least in v1.01. Both are ZIP files.

ROL to SND v1.1, Usage
Converter created by Lance Ewing that converts .ROL files into Sierra's .SND format. This is a ZIP file.





Music

Note: You need either the Pop Tunes player or Jukebox player, which will need the corresponding .INS or .BNK files, depending on the version of the player. For the WAV/FLAC/MP3 versions of the original music .ROL and .INS/.BNK format, go to the Album Song Collection section.


Children's Corner
Contains the Children's Corner album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.

Christmas Carols
Contains the Christmas Carols album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.

Classical Favorites #1
Contains the Classical Favorites #1 album music, its README.TXT (with credits), and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. This is a ZIP file.

Classical Favorites #2
Contains the Classical Favorites #2 album music, its README.TXT (with credits), and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. This is a ZIP file.

Jazz Vibes
Contains the Jazz Vibes album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.

Latin Rhythms
Contains the Latin Rhythms album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.

New Age Echoes
Contains the New Age Echoes album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.

Pop/Rock Grooves
Contains the Pop/Rock Grooves album music and its corresponding JUKEBOX.DAT playlist. Missing README.TXT, so uncredited. This is a ZIP file.



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