Archives for the month February 2010 of Genesis8 Amstrad Page
Old english Amstrad CPC newspapers 02/01/2010 19:37 -
The following links will allow you to download some old Amstrad CPC newspapers, links comes from a spanish forum (seen on CPC Wiki).
And for french newspapers, you can find some on
le site des anciennes revues informatiques.
Arkos Tracker preview for ... windows 02/22/2010 00:59 -
Targhan (Arkos) has announced on the CPC_FR mailing list a preview of Arkos Tracker for windows. You can see a video of this
Arkos Tracker preview on Youtube. Final version could be released in 2 or 3 weeks.
Seing the video, you can export to .WAV et .YM, and import .SKS (STarKos Tracker). The program can send the sound directly to an Amstrad CPC with a CPCBooster (I have some to sell, cant
remember at the moment the price I paid for them, but they will be selled without a profit) or of course directly on the sound card of the PC.
More features given on the
CPC Wiki's forum :
256 patterns available
Each pattern is composed of 3 independent tracks
512 tracks available, each being reusable in any pattern, or even several times in the same pattern
Each track can be transposed independently in a pattern
A track has a height from 1 to 128 lines, independently of the pattern that uses it
255 instruments available
The instrument editor allows you to modify each registers of the PSG
Replay frequency of 13, 25, 50, 100, 150 or 300hz
Possibility to put "events" in your song. They can either be used to synchronize your music with your production, or trigger digidrums for exemple
Big news : instruments are divised into two channels : a Software, and Hardware one. These channels can be independant or dependent from each other. Allows using two waves at the same time
Allows you to play sound effects in a very flexible and powerful way. You can also play the SFXs without any music
You can import any STarKos song
NO SID/DMA for CPC+ for now. I may plan that...
About the Player :
Only 25 scanlines maximum used !
On top of being faster than the STarKos player, it's lighter : one and a half kb.
The player works on Amstrad CPC, MSX, Spectrum or Pentagon (using conditional assembling : only the necessary code is used).
The generated songs are very light (about as much as the STarKos song. Sometimes a bit lighter, sometimes not).
Can be used in Basic (call the player by yourself, or use it under interruptions), and Assembler.
The source of the player is given, and documented.
The format of the music is given. So you'll be able to create your own custom tools (conversion, new players...).
Fade in/out available.
About the sound effects :
Every instrument of your song becomes a sound effect.
You can play/stop a sound effect on any, or all, of the 3 channels.
You can choose the note, volume, speed of any triggered SFX.
You can add Pitch to them (useful to add randomness to the sounds, for example).
Sound effects are in a seperate file : you can use the same sound bank even if you change the music.
Contiki v2.40 available 02/27/2010 23:19 -
After Star Sabre, Dead on Time by Axelay for Amstrad CPC 02/28/2010 23:25 -
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