Beatmania III

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Template:Title beatmania III (alternately beatmaniaIII or BMIII) is a video game created by Konami. Gameplay is essentially the same as in the Beatmania series, with a few enhancements to the hardware.

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Audio system

The Beatmania III cabinet features a total of 10 speakers. There are four mid-range speakers stacked vertically on either side of the screen, and two subwoofers located on the front of the machine. The cabinet also features a pair of headphone jacks, so that both players may use their own headphones to enjoy the game's audio. Using headphones does not disable the external speakers.

Effector system

Whereas the original Beatmania features simply an "Effector" button, Beatmania III has an extensive panel for using a number of different effectors. Available effectors vary widely, including Echo, Low Pass, High Pass, Flanger, Phaser, Volume Bass, Lo-Fi, and several others. The chosen effector can be applied to just the background track, just the sounds created by the player, or both, and the intensity of the effect can be adjusted with two parameter knobs. Enabling the effector is achieved by simply pressing the foot pedal.

Foot pedal

While the original 5-keys-and-turntable layout remains unchanged, Beatmania III adds a foot pedal for each player. In normal play, this enables or disables different sound-altering effectors. Some songs have a "Foot" version that adds a 7th column with green note bars played using the foot pedal. The game also allows players to set the foot pedal so that it functions as any one of the game's 5 keys.

Floppy drive

Beatmania III has a feature totally unique to the Bemani series: a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive. By inserting any blank Windows-formatted disk before starting, the player can have the game create files on the disk used to record personal best scores. After playing, the disk is then removed from the drive for later repeated use in Beatmania III, or for looking at scores using one's personal computer.

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