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Group Members: Wesley Miller, Jon Darnel Faculty Advisor: Dr. John K. Estell. Chapel Carillon: The Bell Buddy. What is a carillon?. a system of bells: real or synthesized used to bring music to the community often serve as clocks by tolling the hour. ONU English Chapel: Fake Bells

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Group members wesley miller jon darnel faculty advisor dr john k estell

Group Members: Wesley Miller, Jon Darnel

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John K. Estell

Chapel Carillon: The Bell Buddy


What is a carillon
What is a carillon?

  • a system of bells: real or synthesized

  • used to bring music to the community

  • often serve as clocks by tolling the hour

ONU English Chapel:

Fake Bells

Electronic horns


Problem
Problem

  • The ONU chapel operated an electronic carillon for several years.

  • This system failed two years ago

  • Rev. Vernon LaSala commissioned our Senior Design team to create a new PC based carillon system


Specifications
Specifications

Chapel carillon was expected to have:

  • Ability to add/remove sound files from the daily schedule.

  • Default schedule to be played each day unless changes are made manually.

  • Ability to save/load specific schedules.

  • Option for disabling the system during certain hours.

  • Display daily schedule in both text and graphical format.


Current implementation sound files
Current Implementation: Sound Files

  • Bell Buddy supports only Wave (.wav) files in our system because they are uncompressed files and provide higher sound quality

  • The Chaplin has purchased a PC specifically for our system, so the size of wave files is not a problem.


Current implementation playing wave files
Current Implementation:Playing Wave Files

  • We discovered winmm.dll, which is a DLL file that handles low level joystick and sound functions.

  • We used this this file from our code as opposed to writing our own media player software.


Current implementation time keeping
Current Implementation:Time Keeping

  • The nature of our project necessitates that our system keep very precise time.

  • We contacted the ONU IT department and confirmed that the correct time is sent to all machines on the campus network at regular intervals.


Melody assistant
Melody Assistant

  • Showcase program that allows users to enter a musical score, and convert it into a desired audio format.

  • Supports the ability to import and define new instruments.

  • We intend to create a “carillon” instrument within Melody Assistant.


The verdin agreement
The Verdin Agreement

  • Verdin required a representative to sign on behalf of ONU; unfortunately this led to several months of legal issues

  • Agreement signed in mid April

  • prevents us from independently patenting or marketing our final product.

  • obligated to ensure that Verdin’s sound files are only made available to people specifically associated with the project.

  • The sound files from Verdin have not yet arrived.


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Sheet Music

Bell Sound Files

Melody Assistant

.wav File

Scheduler

Start Time

Conflict

Yes

No

Error Report

Event

Event.time = current time

Current

Time

No

Yes

Play song files

Physical output

Amplifier

Speakers



Possible additions
Possible Additions

  • Database for storing and accessing sound files.

  • User login or password protection of options tab.

  • Ability to recognize the date and to schedule “down-time” accordingly.

  • Ability for live performance.