Jazz++ is a program that you can easily find on the internet. Just go to http://www.jazzware.com. Follow the pages on their website to download and install it. As of the date that this page was posted (February 2002), the program was freeware, which means that you can install and use it on your computer for free. Be sure to read the license for yourself, though, since it is their program, and you are using it with their permission.
Jazz++ does not work for every computer operating system. If you use a different operating system and there is a freeware program for your system, please write to me at HowTo@HymnSite.com and I'll try to add some information about it here.
When you install Jazz++, it will create a program group. Go to that program group and click on "The JAZZ++ midi sequencer." The program will start and you will see this splash screen:
Please let me know if you install a newer version. These folks have created a great program, and I would like to be aware of any updates.
When you click on the "OK" button, the splash will go away and you should see a window something like this:
There is a whole lot of information on this screen. I encourage you to simply explore it. Click your mouse on different buttons and see what happens. Then click your other mouse button to see what else happens. "Right-clicking" your mouse is a tool that more and more programs are using to help you be more productive with your computer.
There are more features in the program than I plan to cover in this "How To," so there are many things you will find interesting and useful on your own. For now, let me point out a few things. Below the menu are "toolbar" buttons. You will find that these are very useful. Put your mouse over one and text will "pop up" to tell you what it will do.
Below the toolbar is information about the MIDI file. On the first row you see the letter "M" in a box. Click on it and it will change to "T." Click again and it will change back. Notice that the numbers under that column change as you go back and forth between M and T. "M" refers to the MIDI channel, and "T" refers to a track number. Each row under the heading represents a different "track." Any number of tracks can be pointed to a specific MIDI "channel." MIDI tracks and channels are what make your MIDI file work with your sound card or MIDI keyboard. You can find lots of technical information, but here is the main thing I need to tell you: with the "M" in the upper left, you will see that the number "10" shows up several times in the far left column. That is a special channel. Any track that points at MIDI channel 10 WILL PLAY DRUM SOUNDS. If you want drum sounds, set the track to channel 10. If you don't want drum sounds, don't use MIDI channel 10.
You may be wondering how to use channel 10 or some other channel. We'll get there soon enough. Just remember: drums play through channel 10.
Listen to the midi file by starting the player. You'll enjoy it, or you can stop it. When you are done, we can go to the next page: Opening a MIDI File, or you can go back to the table of contents.