Archives of Genesis8 Amstrad Page from 1999 to 2012 about music


Captain Space Debris, Amiga and Amstrad CPC music mixed

04/10/2018 - 21:55 - genesis8

Captain Space Debris is an Amiga original music written by Markus Kaarlonen, which was adapted on Amstrad CPC by BSC for the demo Digital Orgasm by Prodatron. So Vincent GR mixed both of them but even if there is a Youtube video of the mix, he prefers that you listen to the soundcloud version due to audio and video compression.

Source : Youtube

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Twitch about the Sapiens game in 30 minutes by Le Daron with Didier Guillion and Gilles Soulet

03/06/2018 - 21:28 - genesis8

In 30 minutes on Twitch with Le Daron about the Sapiens game with one of its progammer : Didier Guillion and the author of the music : Gilles Soulet. Dont miss it !

Source : Twitch

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Second alpha of the soundtrakker for PC Arkos Tracker by Targhan (Arkos)

03/02/2018 - 10:08 - genesis8

Targhan has released the second alpha of Arkos Tracker for linux, windows and mac.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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NQ!-Music disc for Amstrad CPC by Shining and HAL6128 (musics by n1k-o)

01/31/2018 - 20:19 - genesis8

After releasing Pentomino last year, Shining got many feedback of people who liked the music. And as a big ay-chiptune fan and also a big fan of n1k-o, who is the composer of the Pentomino-music, he decided to do a music-disc, featuring only songs from him : : NQ!-Music disc

After getting the permission from n1k-o, the music-disc finally plays 26 songs, choosen by him. Because of the very crooked different frequency of the ay in the sinclair (where all the tunes come from), they sound not always the same on our Amstrad and many of them, he had to fine-tune. Some, which he wanted to use, were nearly impossible to convert, so the choosen-ones are not the 26 best, in his opinion, but the 26 best he could get up and running on CPC.

Since he joined forces with HAL6128 again, the great gfx was completely made by him. As only playing the songs is a little bit boring, and he wanted to play around a little bit with the crtc and the plus, he implemented the CRTC-register 3 equalizer (he thinks this will not work on TFT but on original monitors. Also the picture in Winape shakes a little bit, in JavaCPC it's ok.).

The pictures use 32k-Overscan and because he wanted to be compatible with 64kB, he had to reload some stuff, to arrange everything in the memory. But when you use the cartridge version or something like the M4, this doesn't matter at all.

As mentioned above, he wanted to play around with plus-sprites, so the demo detects if it is running on a plus and then enables (randomised) one of 4 different note-movements. 3 of them use 14 multiplexed plus sprites at the same time, so that you can see 28 notes on screen.

Source : CPCWiki

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22th version of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

01/16/2018 - 21:08 - genesis8

The last version of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft is out since the 13th January 2018.

Source : CNGSoft

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WIP of Athanor 2 by Eric Safar, a music tune by HervÚ Monchatre

01/13/2018 - 20:47 - genesis8

After the revelation of the game box of Athanor 2, here is a music tune by HervÚ Monchatre.

Between McKlain and him, we can talk about ubiquity in the Amstrad CPC productions.

Source : Twitter

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The Megatune(.XM) conversion for Amstrad CPC by SuTeKH/Epyteor

01/08/2018 - 20:33 - genesis8

The_Megatune.xm has been converted by Sutekh/Epyteor on Amstrad CPC.

There are also 3 other musics he posted 5 hours ago on his Youtube channel.

Source : Youtube

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AY (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST) Computer Sound Chip Emulator v2.9 beta 24

12/13/2017 - 20:42 - genesis8

The ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator v2.9 beta 24 is available, it permits to listen to many music format files, including .YM, .AY and .AYM music files, for windows and linux.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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New version (1208) of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

12/13/2017 - 22:14 - genesis8

The last version of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft is out since the 8th December 2017 : minor patch allowing longer title and description strings and accepting keys O, S and J as synonyms of Y on "yes/no" questions.

Source : CNGSoft

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First alpha of the soundtrakker for PC Arkos Tracker by Targhan (Arkos)

11/24/2017 - 22:10 - genesis8

Targhan has done many things, two are an Amstrad CPC soundtrakker (STarKos) and a PC soundtrakker (Arkos Tracker).

After the teaser of a new version (v2) of Arkos Tracker, now there is the alpha of Arkos Tracker for linux, windows and mac.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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AYMaker v1.2, set of tools to create and edit .AY audio files

11/13/2017 - 20:29 - genesis8

AYMaker v1.2 is a set of console tools by Abrimaal to create and edit audio .AY files. The author is looking for someone to make a GUI.

Source : Facebook

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Synchronized music of 1943 (Amstrad CPC and Amiga) by John Gage

10/26/2017 - 18:31 - genesis8

A new video by John Gage : synchronized music of the arcade game 1943 (Capcom) converted on Amstrad CPC by Probe Software (AY in stereo) and Amiga.

The original music is written on both computers by Jason C. Brooke with the same octave and tempo.

Source : John Gage's Youtube canal

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Synchronized music of Robocop (Amstrad CPC and C64) by John Gage

08/26/2017 - 10:08 - genesis8

A new video by John Gage : synchronized music of Robocop (Ocean Software in 1989) on Amstrad CPC (AY in stereo) and C64 (SID in mono).

The original music is written on both computers by Jonathan Dunn with the same octave and tempo.

Source : John Gage's Youtube canal

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Ninth release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

08/09/2017 - 11:11 - genesis8

Ninth release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft :

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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The last V8, longplay, C64 remix on Amstrad CPC and C64 live remix

08/09/2017 - 15:55 - genesis8

The Last V8 was released by Mastertronic in 1985 on Amstrad CPC (also on C64, Atari 8-bit), with programmation by David DARLING, design by Richard Darling, graphics by Jim Wilson and music by Rob Hubbard. Escape a nuclear bomb by running your car as fast as you can to a bunker which will protect you. It's a very hard racing game, with some dead end while you have limited time... Personnally I found it too hard and avoided it after a few games. The C128 version countains 3 levels instead of two.

A video of longplay has been done by Amstrad Maniaque on Youtube, there is also a (C64 remix for the Amstrad CPC released by Epyteor. And finally a C64 music live remix by [LukHash].

Source : Youtube

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Roland Radio, an Amstrad CPC radio internet, soon with more tunes

07/26/2017 - 22:40 - genesis8

Roland Radio is an internet radio, and its program should interest you : only Amstrad CPC music.

There will be more Amstrad CPC tunes soon on Roland Radio, so listen up !

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Fourth release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

06/13/2017 - 00:08 - genesis8

Fourth release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command Control-D tells whether the current instrument is unused or the current pattern is a duplicate (Shift: erase unused instrument, turn current pattern into a link to the pattern it is a duplicate of). Minor bugfixes: inconsistencies in -P mode and in channel toggling, better compression when generating INCLUDE files, etc. Minor changes in several songs. New DESPERA1.CHP.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Third release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

06/06/2017 - 22:10 - genesis8

Third release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command line options -P (cursor follows playback), -k1, -k2 and -k STR (set QWERTZ, AZERTY or custom keyboard map), following a suggestion from Beb..

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Ingame music for El Linaje Real (ESP Soft) by McKlain on Soundcloud

06/01/2017 - 20:12 - genesis8

You can listen to the ingame music by McKlain of El Linaje Real by ESP Soft on Soundcloud.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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New release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

05/29/2017 - 22:11 - genesis8

Second release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command line options -F (48000 Hz) and -L (linear amplitude). A blue bar makes the active items stand out. Minor changes in the documentation file.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Amstrad Sang pour Sang by Zisquier, the Amstrad CPC music with some metal added in it

05/21/2017 - 23:09 - genesis8

Thanks to the Facebook Amstrad.eu CPC 464 / 664 / 6128 group, I stumbled on the r Zisquier youtubber who dont hesitate to remix Amstrad CPC music in metal mode. Will you recognize Barbarian, Nebulus and Antiriad ?

Dont hesitate to look for his other gameplay videos of Amstrad CPC games.

Source : Amstrad.eu CPC 464 / 664 / 6128

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Nemesis the Warlock, remixes of the original music by Rob Hubbard, and video gameplay

05/19/2017 - 19:21 - genesis8

Another game with Rob Hubbard music : Nemesis the Warlock with a gameplay video by Amstrad Maniaque.

They are 2 nice remixes of this music :

Source : Youtube

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CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

05/14/2017 - 20:04 - genesis8

CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite is a musical software suite focused on lightweight code and data (the player itself is under 950 bytes long, and can be as small as 550 bytes) for the Amstrad CPC, Sinclair Spectrum 128 and MSX1 platforms; other hardwares can be supported with minor modifications in the player code, such as Sega Master System. The tracker can create songs up to 256 patterns long, patterns can be up to 96 ticks long, and there can be as many as 255 different instruments. The player itself is hardware-independent, the programmer can provide the external functions required to make it work on any Z80-based platform. CHIPNSFX was succesfully used in past projects such as :

screenshot of the CHIPNSFX tracker by CNGSoft

Source : Tweeter

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Some sweet music tonight ? Three remix of Thanatos for the price of one (piano and guitar) !

05/09/2017 - 21:15 - genesis8

Thanatos remixed by DJ ThumpHeadAche is a superb adaptation of the Thanatos music, you should really listen to it.

Already mentionned in 2011, a beautiful play of Thanatos on piano by Alpiso is quite a hit too (Alpiso Youtube's channel has more Amstrad CPC tunes).

Warming some old 2011 news is still useful, the next link wasnt good in 2011 (corrected now), so what about listening to a Thanatos guitar arrangement played by Pacopersia this time ?

For the longplay video by cholo go to :

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Thanatos

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The music of Cauldron as an orchestral version, a remix, and a remake of the game

05/02/2017 - 23:27 - genesis8

After the orchestral version of Barbarian, here is an orchestral version of Cauldron.

Will you get some more remix of its music : Cauldron (Amstrad CPC) : Music remixed by DJ Mitch (Hexenkuche Walpurgisnacht HardTance Mix) ?

Dont forget the remake of Cauldron for windows by Devilmarkus. But the download link doesnt work anymore.

loading screen of the windows remake of Cauldron by Devilmarkus

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Remix of the Target Renegade music by SuTeKH (Epyteor) from the C64 game

04/23/2017 - 19:18 - genesis8

SuTeKH (Epyteor) wrote a remix of the Target Renegade music from the C64 game, available on John Gage's Youtube channel.

Source : Youtube

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The Gemini chiptune collection by Sutekh (Epyteor), composed by Gemini/Insane

04/23/2017 - 20:37 - genesis8

Sutekh (Epypteor) wrote another music disk : The Gemini chiptune collection, the music is composed by Gemini (Insane). There are 6 tunes.

menu of the Amstrad CPC music disk the Gemini chiptune collection by Sutekh

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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A new remake of the Ramparts music by Noisywan (work in progress)

04/16/2017 - 21:57 - genesis8

He is back : Ímer Aydin (Noisywan), the author of several Amstrad CPC musics (see below). This time with a new remake being written of Ramparts.

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Barbarian, its original Amstrad CPC music and an orchestral version by Endrody Gabor

04/13/2017 - 22:26 - genesis8

Everybody knows the game and the music of Barbarian, but you should listen to the orchestral version by Endrody Gabor. It's the same video, first original music, then at 3m43 the orchestral version.

screen of the Barbarian amstrad cpc game

Source : Amstrad.EU group on Facebook

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Amstrad CPC teaser for Arkos Tracker v2, a soundtrakker for PC and Mac by Targhan (Arkos)

04/12/2017 - 21:08 - genesis8

Targhan has done many things, two are an Amstrad CPC soundtrakker (STarKos) and a PC soundtrakker (Arkos Tracker).

Today the news are good, a teaser for a new version (v2) of Arkos Tracker as an Amstrad CPC intro with a 9 channels music song, a conversion of a Rob Hubbard music. To listen to the 9 channels, you need a PlayCity sound card or an emulator like JavaCPC Desktop (check PlayCity on misc tab of preferences).

Arkos Tracker v2 will feature :

The code of this teaser is written by Targhan, font by Super Sylvestre.

first screen of the teaser for Arkos Tracker by Targhan

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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JB le Daron, Adventure 2 on Youtube, and an april fool on which I stumbled

04/10/2017 - 21:48 - genesis8

Well CPC 4 Ever was an april fool. I fell for it nicely.

You still got the Amstrad CPC music announced on the site above played nicely on piano (done in two nights).

The game this time is an adventure graphic game in french, written in basic (hard to play without reading the listing) : Adventure 2 ou l'accusation. There is no relation to Adventure 1 ou la grotte also by Ludovic MABILLOT (Ludo's Software Distribution). JB le Daron prefered the first game to the second.

Source : Youtube

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El Tesoro Perdido de Cuauhtemoc by 4Mhz, menu music by McKlain

04/02/2017 - 17:49 - genesis8

Often in games, the music is either written by Tom et Jerry or McKlain.

For the music of El Tesoro Perdido de Cuauhtemoc by 4Mhz, it's the turn of McKlain (listen to the music on Soundcloud).

Some parts of the music makes me think of elite's music.

Source : CPCRulez

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JB le Daron, a youtubber, but also a musician : CPC 4 Ever

04/02/2017 - 18:04 - genesis8

SPOILER ALERT : it's an april fool !

I knew JB le Daron as a youtubber, I discover today that he isnt just that, but also a musician.

CPC 4 Ever is his project : the best musical themes of your favourites Amstrad CPC games are remixed, with piano for example. There are already 5 tunes available on the site. Personnaly I like them very much and is awaiting for more ! See you on Twitch the 4th April at 22:00.

Source : MO5

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Remake of Sapiens by Didier and Olivier Guillion and music remixed

04/02/2017 - 18:33 - genesis8

For old timers, very very old in case of Sapiens, I want to remind you that the original authors of the game Didier and Olivier Guillion have written a windows VGA remake of Sapiens. The game is a shareware for only 10 €.

The original music was written by Gilles Soulet, here are 2 remix of the music on Youtube :

The Amstrad CPC original music of Sapiens is of course also available on youtube.

Úcran de jeu de sapiens pour windows

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Amstrad Dreams, 5 music tunes by DATAStream on SoundCloud

02/27/2017 - 21:22 -

Amstrad Dreams by DATAStream is a music album of 5 tunes written by Martyn Stonehouse.

There are 6 tunes on Bandcamp.

cover of Amstrad Dreams, a music album by DATAStream

Source : Gryzor's Twitter

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Music of the game Great Gurianos mixed (Amstrad CPC and C64) by Vincent GR

02/26/2017 - 15:06 - genesis8

I didnt know this game, but the Amstrad CPC and C64 mixed music of Great Gurianos by Vincent GR is nice.

There is a longplay of Great Gurianos by Amstrad Maniaque on Youtube.

The game was one of the first written by David Perry. It's a port of an arcade game by Taito : Gladiators. It was out in 1987 by Elite Systems.

Source : Youtube

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a music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur II by Geovarius on Soundcloud

02/12/2017 - 17:09 - genesis8

A remake of the music of Saboteur II by Geovarius on Soundcloud is available. Sometimes when you look for the words 'Amstrad CPC' on a search engine, you find things.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur 2

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A music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Airwolf II (Elite) by Geovarius on Soundcloud

02/12/2017 - 19:54 - genesis8

A remake of the music of Airwolf II (Elite in 1987) by Geovarius on Soundcloud is available.

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A music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Deflektor (Vortex) by Geovarius on Soundcloud

02/12/2017 - 20:11 - genesis8

A remake of the music of Deflektor (Vortex in 1987) by Geovarius on Soundcloud is available.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Deflektor by Vortex

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A music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Marauder (Hewson) by Geovarius on Soundcloud

02/12/2017 - 20:16 - genesis8

A remake of the music of Marauder (Hewson in 1988) by Geovarius on Soundcloud is available.

loadding screen of the Amstrad CPC game Marauder by Hewson

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Geovarius on Dailymotion playing his remake of the music of Saboteur 2

02/12/2017 - 21:43 - genesis8

After having listened to the musical remakes of Geovarius on Soundcloud, it's time to see him playing Saboteur 2 on his keytar (keyboard guitar) starting at 8 minutes and 5 seconds.

Source : Dailymotion

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Synchronized music of Beverly Hills cop (Amstrad CPC and C64) by John Gage

02/02/2017 - 00:04 - genesis8

A new video by John Gage : synchronized music of Beverly Hills cop on Amstrad CPC (AY in stereo) and C64 (SID in mono).

The original music is written by David Whittaker.

Source : John Gage's Youtube canal

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Synchronized music of Zub (Amstrad CPC and C64) by John Gage

02/02/2017 - 00:11 - genesis8

A new video by John Gage : synchronized music of Zub (Mastertronic in 1987) on Amstrad CPC (AY in stereo) and C64 (SID in mono).

The original music is written by David Whittaker.

Source : John Gage's Youtube canal

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CPC vs Virgill by TRSI, an Amstrad CPC music disk (july 2016)

01/16/2017 - 21:45 - genesis8

CPC vs Virgill by TRSI is an Amstrad CPC music disk released in July 2016.

You can listen :

Source : Octoate

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2016 Favourite demoscene productions by 4Sceners and Bitfellas

01/16/2017 - 21:55 - genesis8

4Sceners and Bitfellas published their favourite demoscene productions for the year 2016 :

Source : Octoate

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Basic v1.1 - Ready, a compilation by McKlain of Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum musics 2011 to 2016

01/09/2017 - 20:01 - genesis8

McKlain has released another musical compilation with his musics written for the Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum between 2011 and 2016.. I am listening to it while writing this, what should I say, pleasing as usual. Continue the good work !

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Roland Radio, an Amstrad CPC radio internet now with an Android application

12/08/2016 - 22:34 - genesis8

Roland Radio is an internet radio, and its program should interest you : only Amstrad CPC music.

There is now an Android application for Roland Radio.

Source : CPC Radio's Twitter

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Golden Axe music with a mix of SID (C64) and AY (Amstrad CPC) by Vincent GR

10/30/2016 - 23:07 - genesis8

Some music in a world of brutes, Golden Axe mixed with the SID of the Commodore 64 and the AY of the Amstrad CPC by Vincent GR.

Both tracks had different tempo and pitch so Vincent had to transpose C64 a bit higher to match the tempo with the CPC.

Golden Axe played with the SID (C64) and the AY (Amstrad CPC) by Vincent GR

Source : Vincent GR's channel on Youtube

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Synchronized music of Pro BMX Simulator (Amstrad CPC and C64) by John Gage

05/01/2016 - 20:12 - genesis8

An original video by John Gage : music of Pro BMX Simulator Amstrad CPC (st├ęr├ęo) and C64 (mono).

The original music is written by Matt Gray and David Whittaker.

Source : John Gage's Youtube channel

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Synchronized music of Glider Rider (Amstrad CPC and C64) by John Gage

05/01/2016 - 20:19 - genesis8

An original video by John Gage : synchronized music of Glider Rider Amstrad CPC (stereo) and C64 (mono).

The original music is written by David Whittaker.

Source : John Gage's Youtube canal

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WYZTracker v2 by Augusto Ruiz, WYZPlayer and cpcwyzlib

03/19/2016 - 18:39 - genesis8

WYZTracker is a tool developed by Augusto Ruiz (interface in english and spanish), from Retroworks, that can be used to compose music for WYZPlayer.

WYZPlayer is a Z80 player for the AY-3-8910 sound chip (a 3-voice PSG : Programmable Sound Generator designed by General Instrument) used by (and for) the Amstrad CPC, MSX and Spectrum. It can be used for games and demos due to its minimal use of CPU and RAM, the player takes little code and all musics are compressed.

Finally, you can use cpcwyzlib by Raul Simarro, an Amstrad CPC library to play wyztracker tunes with SDCC. He also wrote the cpcrslib used with z88dk.

Source : Forum de CPCWiki

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Hewson Consultants, a book and some 8bit music

09/23/2015 - 23:35 - genesis8

Hewson Consultants, created in 1980 by Andrew Hewson, did publish several good games on Amstrad CPC like Uridium, Paradroid, Nebulus, Firelord, Stormlord and Cybernoid, but not only.

Available on their site web, a book (epub or not) as pre-order, and 11 incredible tracks from 10 classic Hewson games, remade by legendary artists (reduction of 40% with the code retrogamer on Bandcamp).

Source : Twitter

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Hacked version of Paperboy with music by Fano (128 Ko), reviewed by Xyphoe

06/27/2015 - 18:14 - genesis8

Since at least march 2012, a 128 Ko version of Paperboy with music added by Fano does exist (download on source link, see below).

This Paperboy version has been reviewed by Xyphoe on Youtube.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Roland Radio, an Amstrad CPC radio internet

06/27/2015 - 21:01 - genesis8

Roland Radio is an internet radio, and its program should interest you : only Amstrad CPC music. You can follow them on Twitter and facebook (cpcradio).

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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A new Amstrad CPC music disk by SuTeKH (Epyteor) : Boulder Dash

08/18/2014 - 21:14 - genesis8

Boulder Dash by SuTeKH (Epyteor) is a new Amstrad CPC music disk. Other music disks by SuTeKH :

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC music disk Boulder Dash

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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8bit Game of Thrones Remix on NESKeytar

06/15/2014 - 22:11 - genesis8

A 8bit musical remix of Games of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) on Youtube which sounds Amstrad CPCish.

And by the way, if you like George R.R. Martin (who write on an old msdos computer with the wordstar word processing), I suggest to read the Wild Cards serie. It's about an extra terrestrial virus released on New York in 1946. This virus kills almost everyone touched by it (black queen), some still lives but becomes jokers : monsters with sometimes a superpower more or less effective. And for only a few they become aces : super heroes, or deuces if their power is not really that useful. It's a must read.

Source : Clubic

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Ultrasyd live at the Blip festival (2011 in New York)

08/04/2013 - 00:36 - genesis8

Ultrasyd playing live at Blip Festival 2011 in New York, May 19th, 2011. Set performed using Atari STe, Amstrad CPC 6128 and Nintendo GameBoy. Background visuals provided by NO CARRIER.

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Funky stars, an Amstrad CPC 8bit version of a classic tune

04/24/2013 - 23:27 - genesis8

McKlain has written an Amstrad CPC version of Funky Stars, also known as Hybrid Song. Original song by Quazar of Sanxion. This song is known for being used in numerous keygen programs.

This song is part of his future music disk for the Amstrad CPC. Stay tuned.

It's sampled from his Amstrad CPC 464, no emulation, made with Arkos Tracker.

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Be nice to your Amstrad CPC, get a better sound with a Digiblaster, Amdrum or Music Machine

07/08/2012 - 00:49 - genesis8

As much as we love our Amstrad CPC, the sound we get with the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip isnt the bestone on 8bit computers. Happily it's possible to get a better sound with either a Digiblaster, an Amdrum or a Music Machine.

The first version of the Digiblaster was designed by Face Hugger (Interview of Face Hugger by NoRecess) and printed in the German magazine CPC Amstrad International in issue 8-9/1991. It's a small hardware device plugged into the CPC's printer portto play 8-bit mono sound samples. Joshua made a redesign for better sound quality (electronic printout of Digiblaster v1 and v2 here).Then there is new Digiblaster by Futurs : the SoundPlayer and the SoundPlayer+ (VN96 network included). The SoundPlayer+ was replaced later by the SoundPlayerNG.

The digiblasters v1, v2 and SoundPlayer(+/NG) can be connected to passive mono speakers.

A few months back, Bryce made a redesign with even better sound quality : the Digiblaster v3. You can feed the AY output through the card so that both sound sources are played through the same speakers. The DigiBlaster has been made dual-mono so that both speakers play the sample as is done withthe AY-3-8912 Channel B. The AY and Digiblaster sound levels are balanced. You must use active stereo speakers.

You can write music using the Digiblaster with :

At least 2 Amstrad CPC demos did use the Digiblaster : Bordelik Demo 4 (1995) and Digital Orgasm (1994).

The Amdrum has been made by Cheetah, but it uses the expansion connecter. It can also play 8bit samples like the Digiblaster, and was advertised as a drum synthesiser. You can check the youtube video of the Amdrum being used with the JavaCPC emulator.

A third device which I found on CPCWiki : the Music Machine, using the expansion connector like the Amdrum. Another hardware letting play sound samples, designed by Flare Technology andmanufactured by RAM Electronics. It could record sound with a microphone.

an Amstrad CPC Amdrum expansion by Cheetah, playing 8bit samples

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Results of the 3 compÚtitions held at the ReSeT#8 meeting in Coutances

06/24/2012 - 13:08 - genesis8

And the winners are :

All entries will be available later.

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YM-64, an YM player for C64 by Norbert Kehrer

06/24/2012 - 13:58 - genesis8

Playing SID music on Amstrad CPC is possible, but you can also play YM music on C64 using YM-64 by Norbert Kehrer.

Source : Norbert's emulators

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WYZTracker v0.5.0.6 by Augusto Ruiz, WYZPlayer and cpcwyzlib

06/23/2012 - 19:45 - genesis8

WYZTracker is a tool developed by Augusto Ruiz (interface in english and spanish), from Retroworks, that can be used to compose music for WYZPlayer.

WYZPlayer is a Z80 player for the AY-3-8910 sound chip (a 3-voice PSG : Programmable Sound Generator designed by General Instrument) used by (and for) the Amstrad CPC, MSX and Spectrum. It can be used for games and demos due to its minimal use of CPU and RAM, the player takes little code and all musics are compressed.

Finally, you can use cpcwyzlib by Raul Simarro, an Amstrad CPC library to play wyztracker tunes with SDCC. He also wrote the cpcrslib used with z88dk.

Source : ESP Soft

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C64 SID on Amstrad CPC, software or hardware ?

06/23/2012 - 22:59 - genesis8

The Amstrad CPC use the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels, each configurable to generate square waves, white noise or both. A small array of hardware volume envelopes are available. The C64 use the SID sound chip with also 3 channels, each configurable to generate 4 different waves forms : sawtooth, triangle, pulse, noise. It offers other features, much more than the AY-3-8912.

So is it possible to listen to SID music on an limited Amstrad CPC ? The answer is yes, and if you are lucky enough to read french, you will be able to read the article "les SID-Voices" on Quasar. So to resume, yes you can do it on a plain Amstrad CPC, but if you play 3 SID-Voices, you wont have enough CPU time to do something else. Otherwise on an Amstrad CPC+ using the DMA, you will be able to do something else than playing music. The Quasar article comes with the AY+ source to play SID-Voices on a CPC+. On a plain Amstrad CPC, you can use a program by Geco, a hungarian programmer. He usually works on the Elan enterprise, he wrote a SID player for this computer, and ported it to the Amstrad CPC. Download this Amstrad CPC SID player (128 Kb only).

Some informations about this utility directly from the author (taken from chipmusic.org) : I created the player used 6510 emulation code of Simon Owen, and CPC header checking. The player spends a lot of time with 6510 code, this is the reason of speed changing on CPC, on Enterprise I met less speed changing, may be the cause of this on EP the processor is running at 4Mhz if the code is not in the video Memory. Yes, only some feature is emulated, frequency registers, envelopes in 50Hz, control registers (without wave formats), and volume register, if I remember well. And the noise emulation is also interesting on CPC, because when noise should apply then I give fix 0f value to noise channel, and drive the frequency with tone channel frequency (set reg 6 tone and noise enable on a channel), with this solution 3 different noises can appear on the AY. The player can play songs in 2 speeds, 50Hz, and 100Hz, does not matter of SID speed, ex if the speed of SID is 60Hz the player plays it on 50Hz.

Finally, you can play it hard too, with an extension. Read about it on CPCWiki (a bit of drama included).

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Nightshift, an Amstrad CPC music compilation by Mr_Lou

06/22/2012 - 19:41 - genesis8

Nightshift is a compilation of 11 musics by Mr_Lou, artwork by BlueAngel, code by Kevin Thacker (aka arnoldemu) and catart by tastefulmrship.

loading screen of the Nightshift music compilation by Mr_Lou

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Video longplay of Teenage mutant hero turtles 2 by Xyphoe, included the hidden music

03/22/2012 - 22:05 - genesis8

The music of the Amstrad CPC game Teenage mutant hero turtles 2 has been found on the original support.

You can download a .DSK image with the music on CPCWiki.

And now a youtube video of the game by Xyphoe, music included.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Teenage mutant hero turtles 2

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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A new music remake by Alpiso : the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur II

02/18/2012 - 23:50 - genesis8

Alpiso strikes again ! A new musical remake is available on youtube : Saboteur II.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur 2

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Airwolf 2 music remake by MrBedev and longplay video by CholoCPC

12/24/2011 - 16:55 - genesis8

Here is a music remake of Airwolf 2 by MrBedev on Youtube.

For the longplay video by CholoCPC :

loading screenshot of the Amstrad CPC game Airwolf II

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Antiriad played on piano and longplay video

09/29/2011 - 20:25 - genesis8

Not a remake but simply the music of the game Antiriad (the armor of) played on piano by Alpiso on Youtube.

For the longplay video by Cholo head to longplay part 1 of Antiriad and longplay part 2 of Antiriadon Youtube.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Sacred armor of Antiriad

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Thanatos played on piano and longplay video

09/29/2011 - 20:35 - genesis8

Once again a beautiful play of piano by Alpiso about the Thanatos game on Youtube.

And if you dislike piano, what about listening to a guitar arrangement played by Pacopersia about the Thanatos game on Youtube ?

For the longplay video by cholo head to the longplay part 1 of Thanatos, the longplay part 2 of Thanatos and the longplay part 3 of Thanatos on Youtube.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Thanatos

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Nebulus : theme remix, video longplay and remake

09/28/2011 - 23:10 - genesis8

A remake of the Nebulus music is available on Youtube by Alpiso.

That was a hard game, I only went to the second tower (and there are 8 of them), so if you want to see all towers, here is a longplay of Nebulus by Wanderlain on Youtube.

You can also play remakes of Nebulus : Tower Toppler for windows, linux, BeOS and MacOS X, or Power Toppler for Iphone with 2 missions of 8 towers, it has been developped by Silver Software (the game cost 0,79 €).

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Nebulus

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A music remake of Target Renegade by Hulky2006

08/13/2011 - 23:07 - genesis8

After the music remake of Target Renegade by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan), here comes the one by Hulky2006.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Target Renegade

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Kangaroo is blowing out &28 candles today

07/29/2011 - 23:15 - genesis8

Kangaroo is today blowing out &28 candles. For my part, due to my light dyslexia, I never felt so young at 24 years old. By the way, you can also find Kangaroo on Jamendo

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Number doesnt matter

06/26/2011 - 15:27 - genesis8

Size doesnt matter by SuperSly (Les sucres en morceaux) let me think about an Amstrad CPC demo or music made on more than an Amstrad CPC. Alas, I am no genius, some people have already done that on ZX Spectrum with a music Hung up by Ay Riders made on 2 Spectrum for example. It's a nice music by the way. If you know about other demos or musics made on more than 1 8bit or 16bit computer, let me know please.

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Contests results of the Amstrad CPC meeting ReSeT #0

06/26/2011 - 16:13 - genesis8

Here are the results of the 4 contests of the ReSeT #0 meeting (and soon they will be available for download) :

See below for the photo of Krusty the winner (on the left), and Beb (on the right) who made a graph for the demo Les experts Ó Coutances.

Krusty to the left, Beb to the right

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CPCE features the best sound accuracy of the various Amstrad CPC emulators

06/25/2011 - 21:16 - genesis8

If you care about sound accuracy on Amstrad CPC emulators like Mr_Lou, you should know that at the moment the best emulator is CPCE (last version is v1.94 patched on 2th June 2011).

Thanks to this interesting discussion on CPCWiki, dont doubt that more emulators will have soon a better sound accuracy, a new version of WinApe may even be out soon.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Amstrad expo is dead, long live ReSeT #0 !

06/04/2011 - 13:18 - genesis8

Amstrad Expo is no more, but rejoice as ReSeT #0 is the new name of the Amstrad meeting organized by the tireless Eliot.

As usual you can expect a warm welcoming, good food, not much sleep (except if you are a sissy and use a bed), 4 competitions :

CPC Hardware will be given for free at the party-place: monitors, keyboards, floppy-drives, floppy-discs... All the parts from CPCParts.net will be available to repair and upgrade your CPC with the help of hardware specialists.

The ReSeT Party will take place from Friday 24th (10:00) to Sunday 26th of June 2011 (18:00) at Foyer des Jeunes Travailleurs in Coutances. The price is 11 euros per day for the entrance, drinks and food. You can book a double room at the party place for 20 euros per night.

Please use the ReSeT #0 site to register if you intent to come, thanks in advance.

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A music remake of Mission Omega (Mindgames) by Noisywan

05/22/2011 - 14:24 - genesis8

A new music remake by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan) of Mission OMEGA is available on Youtube.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Mission OMEGA Mindgames (1986)

All Noisywan music remakes can be downloaded if you wish.

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4 contests on CPC Power

02/27/2011 - 22:10 - genesis8

CPC Power is holding 4 contests : coding, GFX, music and logo GFX.

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Lost in fractal dimension by Ultrasyd

02/20/2011 - 00:07 - genesis8

A new Amstrad CPC music written with Starkos Tracker : Lost in fractal dimension par Ultrasyd.

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a music remake of HATE (Hostile All Terrain Encounter - Vortex) by Noisywan

11/15/2010 - 23:29 - genesis8

A new music remake by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan) of HATE (Hostile All Terrain Encounter by Vortex) is available on Youtube.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game HATE by Vortex (1989)

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a music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Vindicator by Noisywan

08/27/2010 - 02:30 - genesis8

A new music remake by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan) of Vindicator is available on Youtube.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game The Vindicator (Green Beret 2)

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a music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur II by Mcklain

08/24/2010 - 22:12 - genesis8

A remake of the Saboteur II music is available on Youtube by Mcklain.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur 2

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Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 3 for PC

06/13/2010 - 23:31 - genesis8

You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 3 for PC by Targhan.

Here's the changelist :

If you don't have .Net, you can still use the command line tools (AKStoYM, STKtoAKS, AKStoYM) if you have Mono installed.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC

05/23/2010 - 21:19 - genesis8

You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC by Targhan.

Here's the changelist :

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Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta for PC available

04/18/2010 - 17:43 - genesis8

You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta for PC by Targhan.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator v2.9 beta 9

03/13/2010 - 12:10 - genesis8

The ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator v2.9 beta 9 is available, it permits to listen to .YM, .AY and .AYM music files.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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Arkos Tracker preview for ... windows

02/22/2010 - 00:59 - genesis8

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 :

About the Player :

About the sound effects :

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Music remake of Boulder Dash by Noisywan

12/26/2009 - 16:21 - genesis8

A new music remake by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan) of Boulder Dash on Youtube.

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Making Amstrad CPC music on CPC or PC

09/26/2009 - 18:01 - genesis8

If you need to write some music for an Amstrad CPC program (either demo, game, etc...), you can do it either on an Amstrad CPC :

Or you can do it on a PC :

Also, it's possible without an emulator to listen to .YM, .AY and .AYM files with ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator (same address than above).

If you use other music tools, thanks to let me know so I can add informations here and in the comp.sys.amstrad.8bit FAQ).

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a music remake of Cauldron 2

09/12/2009 - 20:40 - genesis8

Cauldron 2 is a classic, you will be able to find an interesting music remake of Cauldron 2 on Youtube by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan).

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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A music remake of Target Renegade

09/12/2009 - 21:11 - genesis8

After Cauldron 2, it's the turn of Target Renegade,  you will find a music remake of Target Renegade on Youtube by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan).

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A remake of the Ramparts music by Noisywan

09/12/2009 - 21:20 - genesis8

After Elevator Action, it's the turn of Ramparts,  you will find a music remake of Ramparts on Youtube by Ímer Aydin (Noisywan).

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a music remake of Elevator action

09/12/2009 - 21:16 - genesis8

After Target Renegade, it's the turn of Elevator Action,  you will find a music remake of Elevator Action on Youtube byr Ímer Aydin (Noisywan).

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Mega-Mad-Mix Demo CPC Version and Amstrad CPC Musics Ultimate Compilation by Megachur

08/14/2009 - 13:15 - genesis8

Megachur just released 2 music disks : Mega-Mad-Mix Demo CPC Version and Amstrad CPC Musics Ultimate Compilation. Beware, if you are using WinAPE, you must desactivate the "Fast Disk Emulation" option. Sources of these 2 music disks are available.

Source : Push'N'Pop

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Kangaroo Musique on Jamendo

07/12/2009 - 13:33 - genesis8

I was just browsing on Jamendo when I did a research on the Amstrad keyword, and found the page of Kangaroo Musique, a well known musician on Amstrad scene. If you are fond of Amstrad CPC games music, hit the jamendo widget below (shockwave needed), but try his other albums too.

And if you are german or if your german isnt too rusty (mine is quite rusty), you can read Kangaroo blog.

Jamendo
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This album on jamendo.com
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STarKos 1.21 (update), an Amstrad CPC soundtracker

07/06/2009 - 20:40 - genesis8

STarKos 1.21 is available after an annoying bug was found by Tom & Jerry.

STarKos soundtracker

You can find a video of STarKos in action on Youtube.

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Ultrasyd music pack 1

06/05/2009 - 23:55 - genesis8

Ultrasyd music pack 1 has been released by Ultrasyd, it's a music pack with four original STarKos tracks.

Source : Push'N'Pop

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STarKos 1.2, an Amstrad CPC soundchip tracker

05/12/2009 - 01:23 - genesis8

STarKos 1.2 is out. It's a conventional soundchip tracker, in the sense that writing music is done the same way as existing trackers on CPCor Atari ST. The new features mainly comes from sound editing.

the STarKos tracker

You can find a video of STarKos in action on Youtube.

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