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Posted By: Pressa
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Do you know the right answers to the above questions?
No?
Well, you definitively need Microsoft Musical Instruments, a really invaluable piece of software!

Microsoft Musical Instruments


Once upon a time (it was the 1992) Microsoft wasn't that giant Software House that now is; the Operating System in use was MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 was the only graphical interface available (it was also the time in which I still buy original softwares, but this would take too long to tell…). IMHO the guys at Microsoft had the time to produce still good Softwares amusing himselves. This sofware is a clear example.

More than 250 instruments are included in this program, with a picture, a description, a sound clip, and a aural pronunciation of each. The instruments can be sorted alphabetically, by families, by regions of the world, or by ensemble. Some of the more common instruments include more than one picture, with closeups of certain features, and additional sound clips demonstrating the instrument in various ensemble settings. An interesting feature is the "Random" button, which moves randomly from instrument to instrument, displaying the picture and description while playing the sound clip for each.

The software work perfectly under Windows XP, in a 640x480 windows.

Download from here:
the software (ISO image of the original CD obtained with UltraISO ME v7.6.6.1308 - 472 MB (495.296.512 byte), compressed and splitted with WinRAR v3.51 at "best" compression - three parts of 100 MB and one of 20 MB):

http://rapidshare.de/files/17028551/MMI.part1.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/17034000/MMI.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/17039368/MMI.part3.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/17040551/MMI.part4.rar.html

and the covers:

http://rapidshare.de/files/17040778/MMI_Covers.rar.html

Password for all: www.AvaxHome.ru

Finally, a gift for all the AvaxHome Italian friends: the same, identical software, localized for Italy! (and called "Microsoft Strumenti Musicali").
Completely - and very well - traduced, has the possibility to run in full screen mode (yes, Microsoft produced the localized version in 1996, after the "advent" of Windows 95…). A really must have!

Infine, un regalo per tutti gli amici Italiani di AvaxHome: il medesimo, identico programma, localizzato per l'Italia! (e, ovviamente, chiamato "Microsoft Strumenti Musicali").
Completamente e molto ben tradotto nella nostra lingua, ha in più la possibilità di essere eseguito a pieno schermo (eh già, Microsoft produsse la versione localizzata solo nel 1996, quando era già uscito il nuovo Sistema Operativo Windows 95, con le sue API diverse e migliorate). Davvero irrinunciabile, credetemi!

Microsoft Musical Instruments


Download from here:
the software (ISO image of the original CD obtained with UltraISO ME v7.6.6.1308 - 528 MB (554.168.320 byte), compressed and splitted with WinRAR v3.51 at "best" compression - two parts of 100 MB and one of 85 MB):

http://rapidshare.de/files/17046982/MSM.part1.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/17057957/MSM.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/17064233/MSM.part3.rar.html

and the covers:

http://rapidshare.de/files/17022983/MSM_Covers.rar.html

Password for all: www.AvaxHome.ru

Obviously, like all the really good things, Microsoft discontinued this product.

I hope you all enjoy it!