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qplay(1)			    hxtools			      qplay(1)

Name
       qplay --	convert	QBASIC play strings to PCM

Syntax
       qplay [-i part] [-q part] [-r rate] [file...] | aplay -f	dat -c 1

Description
       qplay  will convert QBASIC-style	strings	for its	"PLAY" command to lin-
       ear 16-bit raw PCM. Normally, you will be wanting to pipe it into a raw
       PCM  player  like  aplay(1) to actually output it to a sound device. Be
       sure to lower the volume	beforehand to avoid nasty surprises that  come
       with  square  waves. By default,	bsvplay	will mix 1:1 square:sine waves
       to give a medium	tone hardness.

Options
       -q part
	      Part to mix square waves in (default: 1.0)

       -i part
	      Part to mix sine waves in	(default: 1.0).	If -q2 -i1  is	speci-
	      fied   for  example,  the	 final	PCM  output  will  consist  of
	      2/3*squarepcm + 1/3*sinpcm.

       -r rate
	      PCM sample rate (default:	48000 Hz)

File format / PLAY statements
       The file	format qplay expects is	of course not BASIC, but raw PLAY com-
       mand  strings.  Lines that start	with a leading hash mark ('#') are ig-
       nored.

       Commands	are case insensitive and whitespace  is	 mostly	 ignored.  The
       original	QBasic manpage is slightly incorrect; below is what qplay sup-
       ports.

   Octave commands
       on     Sets the current octave. There are seven octaves,	n = 0-6.

       >      Increases	octave by 1. The upper octave limit in QBasic  was  6;
	      qplay has	a limit	of 9.

       <      Decreases	octave by 1. Octave cannot drop	below 0.

   Tone	commands
       A - G  Plays  a	note in	the range A-G. The number sign (#) or the plus
	      sign (+) after a note specifies sharp; a minus sign  (-)	speci-
	      fies  flat.   N  n Plays note n. The range for n is 0-84 (in the
	      seven possible octaves, there are	84 notes); n = 0 means a rest.

   Suffixes
       # or + Follows a	specified note and turns it into a sharp.

       -      Follows a	specified note and turns it into a flat.

   Duration commands
       L n    Sets the length of each note. L4 is a  quarter  note,  L1	 is  a
	      whole  note,  etc.  The range for	n is 1-64. The length may also
	      follow the note when a change of length only is  desired	for  a
	      particualr note. For example, A16	can be equivalent to L16A.

       MN     Sets  "music normal" so that each	note will play 7/8 of the time
	      determined by the	length (L).

       ML     Sets "music legato" so that each note will play the full	period
	      set by lengt (L).

       MS     Sets  "music  staccato"  so  that	each note will play 3/4	of the
	      time determined by the length (L).

   Tempo commands
       P n    Specifies	a pause, ranging from 1-64. This option	corresponds to
	      the length of each note, set with	L n.  T	n Sets the "tempo", or
	      the number of L4 quarter notes in	one minute. The	range for n is
	      32-255. The default for n	is 120.

	.     A	 period	 after	a  note	 causes	the note to play 3/2 times the
	      length determined	by L (length) times T (tempo).	The period has
	      the same meaning as in a musical score. Multiple periods can ap-
	      pear after a note. Each period adds a length equal  to  one-half
	      the  length  of the previous period. For example,	the command A.
	      plays 1 +	1/2, or	3/2 times the length, and A.. plays 1 +	1/2  +
	      1/4,  or 7/4 times the length.  Periods can appear after a pause
	      (P). In this case, the pause length is scaled in	the  same  way
	      notes are	scaled.

   Variables
       X(var) Play the string in the variable var.

       Variable	definitions in qplay syntax are	for example:

	    $var = "CDEF";

       and they	must stand on a	single line.

Examples
	    echo "L16O2CDEFGAB>CDEFGAB>L4C" | qplay - |	aplay -fdat -c1

       will play a tone	ladder.

See also
       aplay(1), bsvplay(1), hxtools(7)

hxtools				  2008-02-06			      qplay(1)

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