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Beep command with letters for notes (IBM AT + DOS circa 1984)

This sounds like the PLAY command in BASIC. It takes a string indicating what to play, with the following notation for the features you mention: A to G, followed by optional #, +, or -, plays the ...
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Did the original Macintosh not have any MIDI or similar music capabilities?

The original Macintosh has a single-channel 8-bit 22kHz PCM output; it reads from memory and sets a new output level once per scan line of the video output. It’s up to software to generate waveforms ...
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Did the original Macintosh not have any MIDI or similar music capabilities?

Tommy already answered the basic facts, so I would like to put the various assumption a bit into perspective. The Mac version is entirely mute, save for some random sound samples which seem to be ...
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What could SID do that APU could not?

I don’t know that this adds much beyond the information already in the question, but… A perennial problem with the SID is playing music at the same time as generating sound effects, due to the fact ...
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What could SID do that APU could not?

The NES had two voices that were designed to produced pulse-wave tones with adjustable volume, one fixed-volume triangle wave output, an adjustable-volume noise channel, and a digital audio output ...
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Did the original Macintosh not have any MIDI or similar music capabilities?

Although the MIDI 1.0 standard was first published in 1984, the first commercial computer (as opposed to sequencers or synthesizers) to incorporate MIDI was the Atari ST in 1985. Macs didn't have MIDI ...
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Open an RSRC "sound file" from a Mac OS 6/9 application

So the answer was to use Resorcerer on the InfiniteMac emulator as explained by Glen Yates in a comment, and using this answer from Kelvin Sherlock to install it we get : You can listen to the sound ...
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Is there a line printer sound simulator?

Not a line printer, but there's an interactive Teletype ASR33 terminal simulator that I have extended to include sound. https://github.com/hughpyle/ttyemu The strategy for reproducing a realistic ...
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Could the Apple IIGS play any and all Amiga MOD files?

There is a newer version of NinjaTracker (NinjaTracker Plus) that supports almost all of the (traditional) MOD effects and supports streaming of instrument samples. It should be noted that ...
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Did the original Macintosh not have any MIDI or similar music capabilities?

As noted elsewhere, the Macintosh sound hardware clocks a DAC at 22,050Hz. Although there is no hardware for multi-voice music, early versions of Inside Macintosh described three sets of ROM routines ...
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Did the original Macintosh not have any MIDI or similar music capabilities?

Yes, the original 1984 Mac had 3 ways to do it Inside Macintosh was Apple's official documentation for the original 1984 Macintosh. Chapter 8 of volume II describes the Sound Manager: The Sound ...
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