play musical notes in vb, e.g. A, B, B#

someone i knew had qbasic long ago and he was able to do it

he assigned a key to a tone e.g.
COMPUTER KEY A = (musical)"A"
COMPUTER KEY B = (musical)"B"



etc.

is something like this possible in vb?

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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
You could use a multimedia control to play one of a set of sound (e.g.) ".wav" files according to which key is pressed.

Programmatic sound synthesis is not as fashionable (or easy) as it once was (e.g. on the Amstrad CPC464 built-in Basic). It's mostly done with sampling which gives a better sound, but of course requires the samples. DirectX would probably be necesssary, but it's an horrendous learning curve.
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MoglorCommented:
ok here is some code.

Private Declare Function midiOutClose Lib "winmm.dll" (ByVal hMidiOut As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function midiOutOpen Lib "winmm.dll" (lphMidiOut As Long, ByVal uDeviceID As Long, ByVal dwCallback As Long, ByVal dwInstance As Long, ByVal dwFlags As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function midiOutShortMsg Lib "winmm.dll" (ByVal hMidiOut As Long, ByVal dwMsg As Long) As Long
Dim hMidiOut As Long

Private Sub Form_KeyPress(KeyAscii As Integer)
    SendMidiOut 144, KeyAscii, 100
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    midiOutOpen hMidiOut, 0, 0, 0, 0
End Sub

Private Sub SendMidiOut(MidiEventOut, MidiNoteOut, MidiVelOut)
    lowint = (MidiNoteOut * 256) + MidiEventOut
    VelOut = MidiVelOut * 256
    highint = VelOut * 256
    MidiMessage = lowint + highint
    midiOutShortMsg hMidiOut, MidiMessage
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)
    midiOutClose hMidiOut
End Sub
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jxhardingAuthor Commented:
thanks for the input!

modlor , i just cant figure out how your sub
sendmidiout works. when do i call it?

i forgot to mention the qbasic version worked on pc speaker, but who wants that these days?
thanks!
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MoglorCommented:
just start a new project, copy paste my code, then run it. when you press a key on the keyboard it will play piano notes.
i guess if you wanted to customize it further you could remove the Form_KeyPress sub and replace it with this...

Private Sub Form_KeyDown(KeyCode As Integer, Shift As Integer)
Dim i As Long
    Select Case KeyCode
    Case vbKeyA
        i = 55
    Case vbKeyB
        i = 88
    Case vbKeyC
        i = 44
    Case Else
        i = KeyCode
    End Select
   
    SendMidiOut 144, i, 100
End Sub
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I think Moglor's comments are worth preserving.
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jxhardingAuthor Commented:
thanks for the input
i cant get it to work, but im accepting it
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