Today is a great day! Well, for me at least. And why is that? Because Shiru has just released a new version of my all-time favourite music editor. Low and behold, 1tracker 0.19 is here, just in time for the 1-Bit Forum Contest.
That in itself is a huge surprise, since Shiru declared he had abandoned the project two years. But what's even better, the new release finally contains the incredibly powerful Phaser2 ZX Spectrum beeper engine, which was so far not available in any editor at all. Another pleasant addition is the Stocker engine, which so far could only be used via a Vortex Tracker converter.
Well then, see ya later folks, I've got some 1trackering to do...
Update 15-07-30: 1tracker has been updated again and now contains a new, mindblowingly powerful engine called Phaser3.
Yeah, everything is -uino nowadays, and this is no exception. Still, this one might appeal to some... The Ziloghino aims to be a modular microcontroller board with a 20 MHz Z80 CPU at it's heart. The basic kit consists the main CPU unit, a memory shield with Flash and SRAM, a Flash programmer shield, and an I/O shield. Pricing seems to be ever so slightly at the upper end of the spectrum, but fair enough for a small-scale project like this.
Read up on the details on the project's Kickstarter page and help out with funding if you like.
Recently LPGT aka Little Piggy Tracker celebrated it's 10th anniversary, and of course Hexawe partied hard with a massive NES-flavoured competition. Now results have been announced, and the compo pack has been released. As usual, pack is a pleasantly varied mix ranging from dance to noise, and lives up to it's legendary predecessor dunknesfunk. I'm especially pleased to see many LPGT veterans return, such as XC3N, ovrthrustr, Peter Swimm, ovenrake, d_strct (ex e.s.c.), and even the mighty Flashbob! Though right now my favourite track from the compo is "hexamerica" by Pulselooper.
Read more about the compo and download the compo pack here.
Some awesome sizecoding on ZX Spectrum. The effect itself may not be that new, but I've rarely seen it pulled of so smoothly and well designed. First place in the combined 256b compo at DiHalt, by the way.
As I mentioned earlier, the 1-Bit Music Forum just recently re-opened after a complete database loss. To get things rolling again, we've now launched a big fat music competition with contests on various platforms, a category for tiny (1KB) tunes, as well as an opportunity to show off your coding skills.
The compo will run till September 1st and is open to everyone, although only registered members of the 1-Bit Forum may vote.
Read up on the full details and join the party here.