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We would like to invite you to visit our new forum page! Currently, the functionality is pretty basic, so you can't post anything other than plain boring text and links, but we plan to start gradually improving it in near future if it appears to be popular among our users.

By default you will be notified about posts, that are submitted by people you follow, but you can always opt in for receiving notifications about every new forum post in your notification settings. We would like everybody to consider this, because there will be questions about music boxes and the website in general and many of you already have enough experience to help the others.

Huge thanks to all current and future contributors!

April 4, 2018, 12:14 p.m.

Users on world map and repetitive notes

We've suddenly realized, that the audience of our lovely website is becoming very international, so we've added a world map of our users to the home page. In case if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out, it's under the featured video widget. It's truly amazing to see you all, thank you for being with us! Oh, and if you'd like to update or hide your location, you can do it in your profile settings.

Many of you have reported an issue with paper strip music boxes not playing repetitive notes when they are too close to each other. We've reproduced the problem and unfortunately it looks like it's one of the limitations of the mechanism design. From now we highlight such notes with red color in the online editor and also when you export melodies to PDF. Hopefully, this small improvement will help you to identify the problem earlier.

Feb. 25, 2018, 8:15 a.m.

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DIY Paper Disc Music Boxes

This site is awesome for DIY strip music boxes, but does anyone know of an equivalent resource for creating custom 7" diameter paper discs for Sankyo or Mr. Christmas music box players?
posted by captaingoodnight1984 on June 19, 2018, 2:27 p.m.


New user here. A couple of features I would like to see that would make this tool much more useful for me:
1. Expanded View - Can the view be "shrunk" in order to see the entire 30 note field? Having to continually scroll the view is a bit of a drag and compressing the view by about 50% would eliminate this in both directions. The note "boxes" would still be large enough (on all but the lowest resolution displays) to be accurately clicked.
2. Step Playback - It would be VERY helpful to be able to analyze melodies and harmonies by stepping through the sequence one step at a time, say each press of the spacebar advances to the next chord.
3. Designated Start Position - Being able to designate where the playback starts would also be helpful from an editing standpoint, particularly on longer sequences. Having to always start at the beginning is very time consuming when editing in the middle or toward the end of the sequence. <Edit> I found the option to start at a specific position, but it only continues from there to the end of the sequence. I have a sequence with a "pick-up" measure that repeats at the end of the last measure. I'd like to start there, then return to the first full measure and then loop continuously. Once I finish the sequence and publish it, you'll see what I mean.
4."Roll" the Chord - Very helpful in editing would be the ability to stop on a chord and roll (or arpeggiate) the individual notes bottom-to-top and vice-versa.
5. Continuous Voices - If a step-time mode is implemented, I'd like to be able to choose a continuous voice, like an organ tone, in order to further analyze the harmony structure. This is not possible with a "plucked" tone that decays quickly.
6. More Time Signatures - I do a lot of "swing-time" entry and composing. For this I usually am in the time signature 12/8. It would be helpful to see the "measure" divided (and numbered) into 12 segments instead of 8.
7. Micro Positioning - Just thought of this one: Right now the "resolution" of placing a note in this composing tool is + or - an eighth note (at 4/4). However, it is possible with careful positioning of the punch (when punching an actual strip) to effectively enter "grace" notes. The ability to do this would greatly expand the capability and versatility of the tool. Perhaps you could code it so that a right click on a particular note would bring up a menu in which you could (typically) "advance" the sounding of the note by a given percentage (of BPM?) to achieve this effect.
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8. Transposing - It would be EXTREMELY helpful to be able to transpose the pitch of the notes played back to agree with "real world" tuning standards. I.e., on my 30-note mechanism, "C" sounds as "F", and all other intervals are "offset" accordingly. This makes trying to use a standard keyboard to compose and transfer to this tool essentially impossible.
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9. Text/Notes - This would be the icing on the cake: I'd like to be able to add text (lyrics) or other performance notes on the sheet to help me keep my place in the composition process.
Thanks for considering these suggestions.
posted by RedDawgEsq on June 10, 2018, 9:26 a.m.

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