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Displaying CDs with interactive laptop?
Old 21st September 2011
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Displaying CDs with interactive laptop?

hi guys - i got this email from one of my clients, which i do not know the answer to. perhaps one of you can give some advice here?

"I am trying to come up with a novel way of displaying our CDs at the craft bazaar, and would like to come up with a way to play all our music through headphones in an interactive display.

I have a Dell computer -- pretty stripped down but works fine. Currently it is not being used. I have monitors of various sizes.

Is there a way that I could create an interactive screen that customers would not be able to close? -- Like they could click (with a mouse) on a song title & listen through headphones, but would not be able to close the program -- rendering the whole display useless?"

thanks for any thoughts or suggestions.
Old 21st September 2011
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I imagine you could do something like that rather easily.

You'd have to rip the cd's to mp3/wav (i think windows media player can do this).

Then check out (google) 'Kiosk mode' / TV-mode on viarious media players or even on Internet Explorer (you press F11).

With the keyboard removed/hidden I think it shouldn't be too hard.
Old 21st September 2011
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danke, mo.
Old 22nd September 2011
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A Visual Basic programmer could write a very simple app to do this.

If you know a little HTML and VBscript you can write a simple page with a text editor to launch files.

Here is another idea:

Get a softsampler (plenty of free ones, or you might already have a favorite in your DAW of choice).

Assign samples of your music to different keyboard notes, and let your customers "play" them from a midi keyboard. Hide the screen and keyboard.

(Might want to create a monophonic instrument if you don't want total bedlam ...)
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