Melody Player


Melody Player

Instruction Manual

January 12, 2018

Melody player
is a freeware program for playing music files created with Harmony or Melody Assistant : MUS, MYR, MU3, MYA as well as MID, ABC, MOD, S3M, XML, MXL files. It runs on Macintosh ( Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 and later) and Windows (Windows 95 up to Windows 10)

Digital audio files can be added (wav, aiff mp3,ogg). For these files, tempo change or transposing isn't available.
For instance, with Melody Player enables you can send your music pieces to people who don't own neither Melody Assistant nor Harmony Assistant.

You can use Harmony Assistant to collect a set of music files into a single .MYA archive, since Melody Player manages this format.

Melody Player includes :

- the light version of the digital sound database, so it does not need any MIDI card or interface.
- Virtual Singer: song lyrics can then be sung by synthesized human voices in English, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Finnish, Japanese or Occitan.

Melody Player works in two modes: a simplified mode and an extended mode. The extended mode offers a set of extra features, these features being tagged with the symbol in this manual.
Extended mode is reserved to registered users of any Myriad product.

List creator can force the simplified mode with Harmony Assistant.
List creator can prohibit some changes from the user. This will be tagged with the symbol in this document.

File list

From top to bottom:

The close box icon (can also be displayed as a cross on the right of the bar) and the jukebox file name. The check mark appears when the file has been modified.
The -green- star appears when enhanced mode is activated
If list is locked, the symbol .

  • Display help
  • Erase file list
  • Load a file list. These files are in .box format, created with Melody Assistant, Harmony Assistant or Melody Player itself.
  • Save file list. In the list, only the relative location of the file to the .box location is stored. The file will then have to remain at this location.
  • Save file list under another name.
  • General setup
    • interface language
    • delay between music pieces in secondes
    • use pedal device to launch/start the music
    • launch automatically playback when a .box is loaded
    • smooth lines on preview
    • in scroll mode: smooth scrolling or page by page
    • offset in milliseconds to synchronise the cursor and the audio
    • piano key colors
    • text size in list
    • manage licences for all Myriad products
  • Activate the score view (see the "Score view" chapter)
Melody Player manages a list of files:

The duration of each file is displayed. The current item is highlighted.
You can move an item in the list by keeping the mouse button down for one second then dragging it with the mouse.

You can add an annotation or specify the list of measures to play.

Add a file to the list.
Add a folder to the list.
Remove a file.
List playback mode. Successively:
Play the current file then stop.
Play the current file in loop.
Play successively all files in the list then stop
Play successively all files in the list and loop.
Play randomly all the files
Play/pause music
Stop music
General sound volume. Click there to change it.
Contextual help line.

Score View

If score view is activated, Melody Player looks like this:

Control icons

Control icons are, from left to right:
Play/Stop music
Fast rewind
Fast forward
Stop music
Volume setting
Sound Mixer
Lectern Mode
Measure numbers
Scroll mode
Tempo setting
Activate/Deactivate metronome. A left long click enables to select how many measures to play before playback. A right long click selects metronome output level.
Print settings. This icon is only available if the author of the piece enabled printing.
Print. This icon is only available if the author of the piece enabled printing and the author is a registered user.
Previous page. In Karaoke mode and if several singers are present, switch to next singer.
Next page. In Karaoke mode and if several singers are present, switch to previous singer.
Display scale. You can also use the mouse wheel.
Transpose down
Transpose up 
Semitone offset
Save file
File information
Activate/Deactivate Virtual Singer. This icon is only available if the document includes lyrics and the author is a registered user.
Karaoke mode: display lyrics.This icon is only available if the document includes lyrics.
Previous view. This icon is only available if the document include views.
Play the current view or the whole score. This icon is only available if the document include views.
Next View. This icon is only available if the document include views.
Page rotation.
Virtual keyboard

Location in score

A small blue triangle in this area shows the currently played position. You can click in this area to jump to any time position.

When the mouse cursor is on the bar, will be displayed:

- Time position in minute and second
- Position in played bar and number of played bars.

When the piece include break symbols (repeats, endings, segno, etc) this area is divided in two. Above, the location in the written score, below, the location in the played score.

When the mouse cursor is on the bar, will be displayed:

Position in written bar and position in played bar.

A right click enables to define a range of bar to be played in loop.

Sound mixer

You can activate the Lectern mode mixer from its icon (the mixer) or from the 'M' key.
The sound mixer enables to select the volume and panning position for each staff.

Click the small blue loudspeaker to mute a staff.

If values have been changed, you can revert to the default settings by clicking the horizontal black arrow.

Your changes will be memorized if you activated this option.

Lectern mode

You can activate the Lectern mode from its icon (the double page) or from the 'U' key.
This mode is especially designed for performers who need to follow the score on screen.
Pages are displayed two by two. The current page is lighter, the next page is darker.
The next page is displayed either on the left or on the right, so that the change of page does not distract the performer. Page sequence is therefore unusual.
Please note that Melody Player is compatible with page turner pedals (tested with Bilila's product), which enable to browse the document hand-free.
You can setup the pedal to start/stop the tune, pause/depause the tune instead of changing the page.

Karaoke mode

You can activate the Karaoke from the "Txt" icon or from the 'K' key.
This mode displays lyrics in sync with the music.
You can change the display scale from the Zoom icon.
To work on a text part, select the played bars in the music list.

Or more precisely, select the part of the text you want to play in loop.

If there are several staves with lyrics in the score, you can change the displayed one with the "next page" or "previous page" icon.

If the singer doesn't sing during more than 5 seconds, a countdown is displayed.

Right-click the text to copy it to the clipboard or to save it as a text file.

The mixer allow to mix quickly between the singer and the orchestra.

Area can be resized or hided using the resizing icon.

Keyboard shortcuts

Display help

Space bar
Start/pause music

Up arrow
Select previous item in list

Down arrow
Select next item in list

Right arrow
Next page
Left arrow
Previous page
Page up
Previous page *
Page Down
Next page *
First page
Last page
Carriage return

Show file on hard drive

Delete current item

Delete current item
Increase score scale
Decrease score scale
* (keypad)
Increase sound level

/ (keypad)
Decrease sound level

Change play mode

0 (keypad) Activate/deactivate metronome
8 (keypad) Decrease tempo
9 (keypad) Increase tempo *
4 (keypad)
Rotate score
5 (keypad) When music is playing, fast rewind
6 (keypad)
When music is playing, fast forward
1 (keybad)
Activate/deactivate lectern mode
2 (keypad) Previous view
3 (keypad) Next view
, or . (keypad) Invert Play View/Play Document mode
Fullscreen mode

Hide/show icons
Inverted contrast display
Activate/deactivate Karaoke mode *
Hide/Show list
Hide/Show sound mixer
Change sound mixer settings storage mode

Activate/deactivate Lectern mode

Hide/Show score

Decrease metronome output level

Increase metronome output level

* = This shortcut is only available when the score is displayed.

Appendix: Using Melody Player to study piano pieces

One possible use of Melody Player is the study of piano pieces.
Music will be played, left hand and right hand will be represented on the virtual keyboard. A button leads to a Web page that contains additional explanations.

First, a Harmony Assistant document (. Myr) containing the score has to be created. The two hands have to be written on two different staves.

- In the score, right and left hand should be related to different instruments (even if both are played on a piano)

- Staff names are free, it's the name of the instruments that are used, for example "right hand" and "left hand"

- The "left hand" instrument must have a slight left panning posistion and "right hand" a right panning position. This enables  to differentiate them and display a different color on the keyboard.

- File setup is done via the "Website" File> Title, composer ...." field
It can be, for example:
key=on,no=8, for=1,http://www.mypianolesson/num125.htm

key=on means the virtual keyboard will automatically be displayed
no=xxx specifies the number of octaves
fo=xxx specifies the first octave
then comes the URL that will be opened when the user clicks on "URL".
All commands are optional, separated by a coma or a space.

If  fingering information is related to the notes, it is displayed on the keyboard.

Note: If sound and key display are not in sync,  please adjust the digital output offset in the settings.

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