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CUE: The Film Music System

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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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This app works with: Mini vMac

Written and documented with intelligence and a real knowledge of the industry, Cue takes much of the drudgery and guesswork out of the tedious task of synchronizing cues—short bits of music—to a film's various parts. Cue automates two of the toughest chores in film scoring. The first is spotting and logging not only each point in a film where you want a cue to start and stop but also scene cuts and other noncued reference points as well. The Input window provides a stopwatch that times events in the film and displays them (in any of the American or European SMPTE, 35- or 16-millimeter formats you might need) next to a 24-line field where you describe the action. The software automatically assembles each set of times and comments on the cue sheet, which you can print out in a number of different formats, depending on what you want to see. If you don't like what you've got in the cue sheet, there are a number of simple ways to change or delete any one or a range of your entries.

The second big job the software accomplishes is to search for a tempo. Once you know all the points you want your cue to accent, the trick is finding a tempo that will put musical beats on the hit points.

Cue presents you with a list of tempos and the number of hits each one catches. It then lets you zoom in to see just which hits a tempo catches and which it misses.

To better its score, it calculates accelerandos and ritardandos—minuscule or large—that catch more hits.

In addition to its two main functions, Cue has many more features than can be mentioned here. It creates streamers and punches that help the orchestra conductor follow the score; lets the user tap in a tempo on the Mac keyboard; generates music-notation scratch paper with cue-sheet information already written on it; and sends out MIDI clock data for synchronizing to a sequencer.

  — MacUser (February 1989)

Download #1 is CUE v3.09, as released by the author in the form of unrestricted shareware. It will only run on color systems.

Download #2 is CUE v3.05, which was published by Opcode Systems. Due to copy protection, this version is archived as a MultiDisk partition; you will need to install MultiDisk and place the partition file at the root of your hard drive to make use of it. The virtual partition has been confirmed working in Mini vMac under System 6.

Both versions require the included "CUE Fonts" to be installed before the program can be launched.

Architecture: 68k