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OSX Panther (Oct 2003) / OS X Panther Requirements
«  by chrisNova777 on February 23, 2018, 09:59:46 AM »
http://www.missmac.com/panther.html
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2003/10/08Apple-Announces-Mac-OS-X-Server-Panther/

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Panther requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on the following Apple products with built-in USB support: iMac,® iBook®, Power Macintosh® G3, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, Power Mac G5, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4.

http://lowendmac.com/2003/mac-os-x-10-3-panther/
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Minimum hardware requirements are a 233 MHz G3, a built-in USB port (requires “New World” ROMs), 1.5 GB of available hard drive space, and 128 MB of RAM, although more is recommended. 256 MB is better, and 512 MB better yet.
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more information is desperately needed regarding STEEEM Engine support of actual PC midi hardware solutions / manufacturers
if anyone is reading and is an expert with STEEM using ATARI SOFTWARE for actual midi production on PCs please come forward!
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Mac OS System 6 (Mar 1989) / Re: apple midi manager (1989?)
«  by chrisNova777 on February 23, 2018, 09:20:18 AM »
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What is the Apple MIDI Manager?
MIDI Manager is a System extension from Apple computer that was designed
to enable the Macintosh operating system to support MIDI. There are actually
three necessary components: MIDI Manager, the Apple MIDI driver, and the
PatchBay.

The PatchBay lets you “connect” MIDI software to the Mac serial
ports and other MIDI Manager-compatible programs. MIDI Manager and
PatchBay are necessary if you have more than one application sharing the MIDI
port.

If you have a Macintosh Plus or Macintosh SE, you’ll need at least 2.5 meg of memory and
System 6.0.2 or higher to use MIDI Manager.
MIDI Manager can be used with great success on Macs with 68020 or higher microprocessors (running system 6?) .

description from the master tracks pro macintosh manual (mid 1990s)
http://download.passportmusic.com/Manuals/MasterTracksMac.pdf
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https://books.google.ca/books?id=zzURbSGI6q4C&pg=PA66&lpg=PA66&dq=Master+Tracks+Pro,+Version+6.0&source=bl&ots=m-tsX4Lsrj&sig=SEKsVZop1uade9JWmWaB-kaTcYc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjuiZSrnLzZAhXn44MKHecmDuEQ6AEIQzAE#v=onepage&q=Master%20Tracks%20Pro%2C%20Version%206.0&f=false


here i can see an ad saying that master tracks pro v6.0 (as of june 1995?) was updated to support 256 midi channels! (256 divided by 16 is 16 MIDI PORTS!)



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Master Tracks Pro is a professional MIDI sequencing program for Mac and Windows. Record, edit, and play musical compositions on your computer with exceptional ease and accuracy. Play back up to 64 tracks of music with independent track looping. The program's wealth of powerful features, combined with its easy-to-use interface, have set the standard for MIDI recording with professional musicians, amateurs, and multimedia producers alike.

Recording and Playback Features

64 tracks with independent track looping
Quickly audition and select sounds for virtually any MIDI synthesizer from Master Tracks Pro's editable Device list. List includes General MIDI, and several popular synthesizers. Customize existing lists or create your own
Bank Select lets you switch to alternate banks of sounds in your MIDI instruments
Assign any controller like volume, reverb, chorus, or pan to any recordable fader for an automated mix down
Step Entry: Input notes in step time with selectable duration, velocity, articulation, and MIDI channel for each note
Looping: Loop any number of tracks independently
Automated Punch-in: Automatically enter and exit record mode at predetermined "punch" points while your sequence plays
SMPTE support: Synchronize your music to film, video, or audiotape
See an accurate display of your sequence's elapsed time, stored tempo, playback tempo, and current time signature
Control playback and recording; select step-time note duration from your MIDI instrument
Import, export, and explode Standard MIDI files: Type 0 or C type 1
Big Counter is perfect for monitoring your sequence at a distance
Multi-Port support allows for up to 256 MIDI channels
Editing Features

Hot Keys add key commands for transposition, quantize, editors, and more
Velocity Window shows every note's velocity
Graphic note editing: Click and drag with your mouse to change a note's pitch, duration, or timing
Note Velocity Stems give you visual velocity editing
Event List Editing: Accurately edit note, controller, and time data from an alphanumeric list
Change Filter: Simple, one-step editing of notes by their location, duration, pitch, velocity, or channel
Cut, Copy, and Paste editing: Insert or delete any selection to modify your music as easily as editing text with a word processor
Individual Track Lock lets you transpose your song without affecting drum parts
Change note duration, velocity, channel, tempo, or time signature globally or for a specific section
Quantize and Humanize: Tighten up timing errors or loosen robotic, step-entered sequences
Fit Time: Automatically adjust tempos to make any section fit a specified length of time
Zoom in or out: See data in macro or micro views
Graphic editing of MIDI controller data complete with ghost notes
Snap to Grid allows you to quantize your step entry with a mouse
Control the music's feel: Slide selected regions forward or backward in time
Song Play List enables you to load and play a whole set list of songs for live performance
Sync your music to SMPTE via MIDI Time Code with a MIDI/SMPTE interface
Use the Event Editor window as a cue sheet
Supports all SMPTE formats for video and film production
Save and load MIDI System Exclusive data (voices, drum machine data, etc.) with Pro's built-in Sysex librarian
Edit and print your music on a Grand Staff in the Notation Editor
Record and play WAV audio directly using Window's MCI commands
Trigger MCI media events during playback at any point within a sequence
Control multimedia devices or play WAV audio files
Support of Windows 3.1 Multimedia Extensions: MIDI Mapper and MCI (Media Control Interface) commands
System Requirements - Windows:

Pentium class CPU or greater, 32MB of RAM, SVGA video, PC running Windows 98 or higher (WinME, 2000, or XP preferred)
Sound Card required for music playback
MIDI interface and MIDI keyboard (or other MIDI instrument) for live recording, and a compatible ink-jet or laser-quality printer for printing sheet music.
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some questions id love to get answered + confirmed:

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 3.1?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 95?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 98 (First Edition) ?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 98 (Second Edition) ?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows ME?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 2000?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows XP?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows Vista ?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 7 (32)?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 7 (64)?

what is the Maximum MIDI ports/channels in Windows 8?

answers can use any hardware combination/manufacturer

the Motu MIDI TIMEPIECE AV was released aroun 1995/1996
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2032.0
http://web.archive.org/web/19970113172414/http://motu.com:80/pages/MTPAV.html

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Network 2 units for 16 MIDI IN and OUT and 256 MIDI channels (Mac and Windows)
Network up to 4 units for 512 MIDI channels (Mac only)
Fully network-compatible with MTP I and MTP II
Compatible with any software that supports the MTP II
Network units up to 1,000 feet apart

the claim that 2 units can be networked for 16 MIDI in + out has long been made by MOTU!
back in the days of windows 95!!! but i dont understand how this is possible if there was an os limitation of 11 ports back then??? because this would allow only for a PC Flyer connected at the same time as a 8x8 PC Compatible MTP

at the time there was also the Express XT:
MIDI Express XT 8x8 MIDI/SMPTE interface/patchbay/merger with synchronization.
Serves as either a MIDI Machine Control master or slave
http://web.archive.org/web/19970113172732/http://motu.com:80/pages/ExpressXT.html
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=2555.0
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Mac OS 9 (Oct 1999) / Installing RAM into a PowerMac G4 MDD
«  by chrisNova777 on February 22, 2018, 11:43:47 PM »
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DDR Memory
The computer’s logic board includes four memory slots, which accept double-data rate (DDR) SDRAM DIMMs.
Memory can be expanded to a maximum of 2 gigabytes

DIMMs used in this computer must fit these specifications:
• PC2100 SDRAM DDR266 DIMMs for 133 MHz systems
• PC2700 SDRAM DDR333 DIMMs for 167 MHz systems

Important: Make sure that the memory installed on the logic board is compatible
with the system. Refer to the next section, "Results of Mixing PC2100 and PC2700
RAM".

• 128, 256, or 512 MB DIMMs
256 MB DIMMs must have 128 or 256 megabit (Mbit) technology devices; 512 MB
DIMMs must have 256 Mbit devices
• 2.5 volt
• 64-bit wide, 184-pin module
• unbuffered (do not use registered or buffered DRAM)
• maximum height of 1.3 inches

Important: DDR-SDRAM is closely correlated with the computer's system bus speed.
Use PC2100 DDR-SDRAM for 133 MHz system bus computers
and PC2700 DDRSDRAM for 167 MHz system bus computers.

according to OWC RAM may also be PC3200 400Mhz DDR
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MOTU Performer / Re: freemidi 1.3 (january 1997)
«  by chrisNova777 on February 22, 2018, 03:19:11 PM »
 ;)
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MOTU Performer / looking for FreeMIDI SDK Developer kit
«  by chrisNova777 on February 22, 2018, 03:18:05 PM »
if anyone has any version of the MOTU FreeMIDI Development Kit please upload it here as an attachment!
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alot of people say the 1st gen B+W G3 always causes hard drive corruption
but this may or may not be true; it could be that its the cause of people trying to put 2 drives on a controller that only supported 1! see comments below:

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EDIT: Btw, I just realized that my previous post about the Rev1 IDE controller saying it
"doesn't allow Master/slave or slave period" is very confusing. I should have type it as:
The Rev1 IDE controller is a one-drive controller, period.
1) It doesn't allow a Master with a slave, meaning two drives on a two-drive PATA/IDE ribbon
(to do so then data corruption is predicted).
2) It doesn't allow a one-drive ribbon (or a two-drive ribbon for that matter) with the one
connected drive set as slave.

taken from here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/power-mac-g3-b-w-chimes-but-no-video.2038889/
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Mac OS 8 (Jul 1997) / softwindows 95 - win95 emulation on mac
«  by chrisNova777 on February 22, 2018, 12:05:12 AM »
https://winworldpc.com/product/softwindows/95
other versions are also here for download
http://www.mymac.com/1996/06/softwindows-95-review/

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Insignia Solution SoftPC, or "SoftWindows" when bundled with Windows, is an x86 emulator UNIX and MacOS that enables them to run DOS and Windows. SoftWindows is unique in that it uses native CPU recompiled Windows binaries providing near native speed for some application. It was also ported to platforms such as SGI Irix, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, NeXT, Motorola 88000, DEC VAX/VMS, DEC ULTRIX, and was the emulator used by Microsoft to run DOS and Windows 3.1 application on the DEC Alpha CPU Windows NT.

Wanted: Versions for other architectures.

1.0
2.0
3.0
95 (current)
98
This version emulates a Pentium and is bundled with Windows 95.
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AGP Cards (1996-2005) / Re: Geforce 3 Ti200 (March 2001)
«  by chrisNova777 on February 13, 2018, 09:46:54 PM »
this card can be flashed to mac
see this page:
http://themacelite.wikidot.com/wikidownloads2