AMBISUITE an alternative approach
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If you want to try AMBISUITE quickly and simply, you may
care to try the following ….
- Download AMBISUITE. Put it on a USB stick. Unpack it (probably unzip it
(but you can do this later, if needs-be)).
- Put any files you want to manipulate on the USB stick.
- Close down your PC.
- Go to the newsagents/supermarket. Scour the computer magazines
for ones with pictures of penguins on the front. Buy one with a
Knoppix DVD given away inside (or any other bootable-off-the-CD
Linux distribution). It should cost four to ten euros, or thereabouts
(depends how glossy the accompanying magazine is!).
Otherwise go on the Web and find a Knoppix DVD and how to get it (or
if you fancy downloading hundreds of MB, then download an image
and burn your own).
- Place DVD in your computer's DVD drawer.
- Switch computer back on.
- You will now have a system with Perl and (for the one's I've
- Put the USB stick in.
- In a terminal change directory to the USB stick.
- Presuming 'ambinfo' is in the directory 'ambisuite' and
your music file 'myfile.wav' or 'myfile.amb' is in the root
directory of the USB stick, then
perl -w ambinfo.pl ../myfile.wav
perl -w ambinfo.pl ../myfile.amb
- Save anything you want on the USB stick.
- Close down Knoppix (best to do this before removing the stick, then
you'll have warned it to finish writing any big files to it).
- Remove DVD from DVD drawer.
- Reboot — your computer should be 'as if it never happened'.
(You can read from your hard-drive(s) with Knoppix, but Knoppix goes
to some lengths to stop you accidentally writing to the hard-drive. (The
intention is to not intefere with the 'normal' system.) You can obtain
write permission, but that may be of limited value as whilst Linux can
write to DOS/9* file systems, as far as I know it cannot write to XP.
Anyway in these days of large USB sticks it's just not necessary,
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Copyright © 2007 Michael Chapman.