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Opcode Overture (1994)
« on: December 21, 2015, 11:28:57 AM »

http://web.archive.org/web/19961113040452/http://www.opcode.com/products/overture/
http://web.archive.org/web/19961113025526/http://www.opcode.com/downloads/demos/mac/
download demo from this url ^^^ be sure to install oms 1.2.3

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1513335?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
dated to 1994



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A partial view of Overture's score window-- click on it to see the full window (23k).

Simply Powerful
Overture--easy to use Macintosh notation software that's powerful enough to satisfy today's demanding musician. Its intuitive interface uses tear off palettes to keep all of Overture's professional features a mere keystroke or mouse click away. Overture helps you meet tight deadlines with features like Step Entry, which lets you quickly enter or delete notes, rests, rhythmic slashes and chord symbols via MIDI or the computer keyboard. Functions in Overture are active without switching modes, so you spend your time creating music, not searching menus. From complete orchestrations to single measure examples, nothing helps you score faster than Overture.

Unsurpassed MIDI
Overture has powerful sequencer capabilities that surpass other notation programs. It's got the basic features you'd expect--reading and writing standard MIDI files, 480 ppq resolution and tape deck style controls with punch-in/punch-out, wait for note and count off (it also opens Vision files directly!). In addition, Overture offers complete MIDI playback of all dynamics, repeats and endings. Beyond the basics, the piano roll view allows graphic editing of your performance using our unique Strip Chart for editing controllers, velocity and more. This lets you add performance nuances that a notated score can't show. When you're done, play your piece back as notated, in swing, or as you originally recorded it. Your scores will sound as good as they look.

Precision Page Layout
The score window in Overture makes musical notation faster and more flexible than ever before--assuring you that "what you see is what you get." You control all elements with the mouse or computer keyboard, not convoluted dialog boxes or arcane tools. The ability to nudge notes one pixel at a time, hide and show, zoom in and out, or scale any portion of the score, allows you to fine tune your work in as much detail as you like. Extensive text handling functions make it easy to add or edit lyrics, page text, floating text, measure text and rehearsal marks.

EPS File Capture
Need a couple of measures for a brochure, textbook example, test or multimedia presentation? Just click and drag over any section of the score to capture it as a separate file, then save the data as either a PICT or an EPS file. The EPS files can be placed into professional page layout programs like Pagemaker or Quark XPress, with resolution limited only by your output device. PICT files can be opened and manipulated in programs like MacDraw or Superpaint, or even placed into your favorite multimedia program.

Drum Mappings
No more hassles with trying to notate drum parts, Overture handles all the dirty work. Play your drumkit over the entire range of the MIDI instrument and Overture will remap the notes onto a five line percussion staff. You can load a drum library map, or create a new one. Notate both closed and open hi-hats on the same line with an X and circle-X. For more clarity, you can even choose which staff lines show.

Opcode Design
Overture is exactly what you would expect from a company with 10 years of experience with music industry professionals. Overture is OMS compatible so it works in concert with Opcode's professional products including Vision, Studio Vision Pro, Galaxy Plus Editors, the Studio 4 and the Studio 5LX. To give you complete studio integration, it also works in conjunction with other OMS supported software and hardware. Overture delivers unrivaled power, integration and ease--don't start your next masterpiece without it.

Overture Essentials

Staff/Score

64 staves per system, unlimited number of systems
8 voices per stave--each assignable to an OMS (MIDI) device
0 - 16 lines per staff, choose which lines show, i.e. lines 1 and 5 only
Hide, show or scale any staff from 25% - 250%
Hide or show various staff elements including staff lines, key signature, time signature, barlines and clefs
Automatic tiling
32,768 measures per score
Scrolling score window during playback
34" x 44" maximum page size
View/Edit Windows
Page layout--what you see and edit IS what you get
Piano roll MIDI data window (graphic like Vision's)
Zoom score from 10% - 800%
Staff Types/Clefs
G   (treble clef)   G   (8va)   G   (8vb)
F   (bass clef)   F   (8vb)
C   (movable-tenor, alto, soprano, mezzo soprano clefs)
Percussion with staff line, notehead and MIDI pitch mapping
Tablature with fingering, hide stems
Meters/Keys
Multiple meters and complex meters
Different meters between staves are supported graphically
Noteheads
[Noteheads Image]
Supports all note marks and ornaments--intelligent placement but can be manually adjusted
Accidentals can be dragged anywhere
Fingering can be attached to notes
Rhythmic
128th note to triple dotted whole notes
Tuplets from 1 - 99 over 1 - 99
Beam patterns are automatic or user defined
Beaming: cross staff, cross barline, feathered
Adjustable beam height and angles
Nested repeats and endings with MIDI playback
Input Methods
Computer mouse
Computer keyboard
MIDI controller/keyboard real time and step time
Read standard MIDI file, quantize each track differently
Read Vision/Musicshop/EZ Vision files directly
Paste any PICT into score
Chords
Support user defined symbols/suffixes in libraries
Automatic chord recognition in step entry (MIDI) mode
Mouse click and computer keyboard entry of chords
Chords transpose
Text
Lyrics--8 verses for each voice--mass entry, paste from word processor
Rehearsal marks
Page text including footer, header, titling with page numbers, date and time
Measure and system text
Preferences
Engraver settings
Libraries for: allotment table, chord symbol, drum maps
MIDI playback: as recorded (MIDI data), as written or in swing
Templates using System 7 stationery
MIDI
Records all MIDI events, including notes, controllers, aftertouch, pitch bend, key velocity, etc.
Graphic editing including Strip Chart for drawing in controller data
OMS compatible--supports multiport interfaces including MIDI Time Piece, Studio 4 and Studio 5LX
MIDI playback of all rests, dynamics, trills, repeats, tremolos
Assign MIDI values to dynamics for playback (pppp to ffff)
Tape deck style MIDI transport controls with punch in/out and wait for note.
480 parts per quarter capture of MIDI
Output
Postscript & Quick Draw (TrueType) printers
EPS and PICT file capture
Part extraction with auto transpose and combine multimeasure rests
Standard MIDI files
Transposition
Chromatic
Diatonic
Enharmonic
Includes notes and chord symbols
Editing
All elements (notes, stems, beams, accidentals, ornaments, fingerings, staves, clefs, barlines, all text including lyrics, chord symbols, dynamic markings) can be clicked and dragged or nudged with arrow keys
Option-drag to copy is supported
Automatic recognition of elements--edit any item without switching tools
Copy/paste/merge/paste special for pasting only certain elements
Hide, show or scale any element 25 - 250%
Automatic or manual voicing and transcription, including retranscribe
Beat charts are user modifiable including copy and paste
Step entry includes notes, rests, rhythmic slashes and chord symbols.
System Requirements
Macintosh 68020 or Power Macintosh Native
System 7.0 or later
2Mb application RAM on 68k Macs, 4Mb application RAM on Power Macs
3MB Hard disk space.