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Arkos Tracker preview for ... windows

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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.




Old english Amstrad CPC newspapers

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Amstrad CPC demos on CPC-Power

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CPC-Power is the Amstrad program database made by (but not only) Kukulcan and Loïc Daneels. You will find there databases of games, archives (documents like the documentation of CPC), Gamebase CPC, ads, and lately they added an Amstrad CPC demos database. One future feature for this site is to add the demos to my own database, but I will have to find the time for this.



Happy new year 2010

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I wish you all a happy new year 2010, good health, and long life to our Amstrad CPC.




3D-Maze by Nigel Sharp in basic, ported to CCZ80 by Ervin Pajor

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3D-Maze is a labyrinth program in Amstrad CPC basic by Nigel Sharp (Amstrad Computer User, October 1985). Ervin Pajor ported it to the windows Z80 compiler CCZ80 (by Emilio Guerrero).

menu screenshot of 3D-Maze by Nigel Sharp and Ervin Pajor game screenshot of 3D-Maze by Nigel Sharp and Ervin Pajor score screenshot of 3D-Maze by Nigel Sharp and Ervin Pajor



Build your own AMX Compatible Mouse Adapter

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You can now build for about 8 € your own AMX Compatible Mouse Adapter which let you use any PS2 or USB mouse using a USB to PS/2 adapter plug (no bluetooth USB mouses though), and use any AMX compatible Amstrad CPC software like advanced OCP art studio, FutureOS or SymbOS.

AMX compatible mouse adaptater



Stranded, a ZX spectrum arcade puzzle game by Bob Smith

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Stranded is an arcade puzzle game for ZX Spectrum by Bob Smith. It has been ported to Amstrad CPC by Kevin Thacker. It could be first bought at Chronosoft with a real package (tape), but it can now be donwloaded.

loading screenshot of Stranded by Bob Smith and Kevin Thacker menu screenshot of Stranded by Bob Smith and Kevin Thacker game screenshot of Stranded by Bob Smith and Kevin Thacker



New look for Phenix Informatique

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Phenix Informatique got a lifting (french site only), go see it if you didnt check it lately.