CSDS: Music Player
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The CSDS Music Player plays MP3 or other audio files.

Digital music files and CSDS

The CSDS Music Player window consists of several sections, described below:


The Toolbar allows quick access to selected commands. The letter shown in parentheses () indicates the single keystroke that can also be used to invoke the command.


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A timer is displayed in the upper right-hand corner. The timer can keep time either for a tip or for a break. The display depends upon whether or not the timer is inactive or active.


This section describes the 'Player' portion of the CSDS Music Player.

Load tab

The Load tab loads a music selection into the CSDS Music Player.

Controls tab

The Controls tab controls the tempo, pitch, volume, and balance. The controls shown on this tab may vary depending upon the currently selected player.

Mixer tab

The Mixer tab accesses some functions of the Microsoft Volume Control.

Loop tab

The Loop tab sets and tests the automatic looping (record reset) for the current music selection.

The best way to set loops is as follows:

  1. From the CSDS main menu, select Music | Edit Music Database.
  2. Highlight the desired music selection.
  3. Be sure that the 'Patter (P)' flag is set. If you intend to also use the music as a singing call, be sure that the 'Singing call (S)' flag is also set.
  4. Bring up the CSDS Music Player window. This can be accomplished several ways. The easiest is to press the left-most button on the bottom toolbar of the Edit Music Database window.
  5. Press the Play button on the Music Player, and click on the 'Loop' tab.
  6. Starting listening to the music, then, at the desired position (usually the downbeat of a 64-beat section) press the 'Set' button for Loop Start.
  7. Using the mouse, drag the music position scroll bar to the right, about 80% of the way.
  8. Listen to the music, then, at the desired position (once again, usually the downbeat of a 64-beat section) press the 'Set' button for Loop End.
  9. You've now set a loop. You should test it to be sure it sounds okay. Press the 'Test loop' button and listen. If the loop sounds bad, trying setting one or both of the Start/End markers. You can also modify the marker position by editing the value, or pressing one of the up/down controls.
  10. When the loop is set, go back to the Edit Music Database window, and select another piece of music.
  11. Upon closing the Edit Music Database window, be sure to answer 'Yes' when prompted whether to save changes.

Player tab

The Player tab selects the music player to be used by CSDS.

Each player has pros and cons.

The active player is indicated via two locations:

  1. In the Music Player's title bar within square brackets:
    • CSDS - Music Player  [Windows API]
    • CSDS - Music Player  [Winamp x.xx]  (where 'x.xx' is the WinAMP version number)
  2. An icon displayed to the immediate left of the song title:
    • The 3-letters, "API", with a wave-form underneath indicates the Windows API player.
    • A lightning bolt inside a diamond indicates the Winamp player.

Bpm tab

The Bpm tab allows you to calculate the beats per minute.

As with settings loops, setting the Beats per Minute is best done when the Edit Music Database window is also active.

Markers tab

The Markers tab allows up to eight marker positions to be set. Round dance cuers can set positions within the music and easily jump to those locations.

Help tab

The Help tab allows access to help information.

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