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Trying Out Variations - Two Ways

If you would like to try out the Variations digital music library system to see what it can do, we now have a demo server at Indiana University containing just a couple of recordings and scores you can access. There are two ways to access the demo server.

Listening in a Browser
To listen to a recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 using the new browser-based web player. Or, if you prefer, you can listen to a Beethoven and Respighi concert. If these pages don't work when you click the "play" button, you may need to install Quicktime.

Downloading and Installing the Variations Client
For full audio functionality and score access, download and install the Variations application. Here's how:
  1. Make sure you have the right permissions to install software on the computer.

  2. If you're on Windows, install or update Quicktime before installing Variations.

  3. Download and install the appropriate client from the SourceForge DEMO client page. On that page, click on the installer appropriate for your computer type:

    Variations_Demo.dmg - for Apple OS X
    Variations_Setup_Demo.exe - For Windows

    Run the installer.

  4. While the installer is running, or afterwards, you'll need to sign up for an IU guest account in order to login to Variations.

  5. After the install completes, and after you have validated your IU guest account, you should be able to run Variations from your Start menu or Application folder. If it doesn't work, try restarting your computer. For more detailed help with installation problems or for information about configuring browsers on a Mac (and avoiding Safari), see the installation information in the Variations User Guide.

  6. Things to do with Variations

    - search for works by Mahler, Beethoven, or Respighi, and listen or view scores--or do both
    - create bookmarks in the audio player
    - send tracks to a playlist
    - if you send more than 5 tracks to one playlist, you can try a listening drill
    - create an audio timeline analysis

    For more information on how to use Variations, visit the Variations User Guide or watch a Variations demo video.
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