Beatnik's format that
combines MIDI and audio data. (Can also deliver just MIDI or just audio.)
Browser requires the Beatnik Player plug-in, which is fairly commonly installed.
- 6 million downloaded to date
- 10-20 million installations/year expected since Beatnik is now bundled with Macromedia's Director and Netscape's Communicator 4.5.
- The installer properly sets up your browser to work with the plug-in.
- Be sure to do "Thomas Dolby's Beatnik Walkthrough" after you've installed Beatnik. It's very cool.
Ideal format for MIDI-based music with the occasional custom sample in the mix. Extremely good "compression ratios" possible, compared to compressed audio.
- change pitch
- change tempo
- change patches
- play arbitrary notes/samples
The following resources are available at this page:
- To convert AIFF/AU/WAV/MIDI files to RMF on Windows 95/98/NT, use the Beatnik Converter, (which I wrote).
- To author full-blown RMF files from AIFF/AU/WAV/MIDI files on a Power Macintosh, use the Beatnik Editor.
- To find out more about how to author interactive web pages using Beatnik and RMF, see the Web Authoring DocPack.
- To download software to help in authoring using NetObject Fusion or Macromedia Dreamweaver, see the Web Developer Tools section.
Server does not require special software.
Music can't be separated from author/copyright information. Music can only be played, not copied or processed.