Wednesday, June 29, 2016

[demo] 30 Years Amstrad Megademo by benediction ^ Dirty Minds ^ Futurs

The name might be a bit misleading as the Amstrad CPC has been around for 32 years already. However, this prod specifically honours the birth of the CPC 6128, which is indeed turning 30 in August. Either way, there's nothing wrong at all with the scene getting together for a megademo for "the best 8-bit computer of all times". And what a massive beast it is. Loads of material, featuring both classical oldskool and bleeding edge fx. Thumbs up!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

[soft] TIATracker v1.0 Released

Hi folks, I'm back from my little summer vacation so you can expect activity on here to pick up again in the coming days.

Today I'm very pleased to announce the release of TIATracker, an open-source, cross-dev music editor for the Atari VCS/2600 console. Anyone who has ever tried making music for the VCS is probably aware of the problems surrounding that matter. Up to now, the only reasonable possibility was to hand-code music in assembly language, usually by using Paul Slocum's driver. There were several attempts at creating a TIA tracker, but they all eventually got stuck in early alpha.

Therefore, I can't stress enough what an outstanding achievement this tool constitutes. Written by Andre "Kylearan" Wichmann, TIAtracker runs on all major platforms that support the QT library.

Haven't gotten around to playing much with it yet, but I did manage to build it under Linux after a bit of head-scratching. Had to install the qjson libraries, then force makefile creation with "qmake -qt=qt5".

Anyway, here's a screenie:

Downloads, source and documentation are available via the link above.

Friday, June 3, 2016

MOnSter 6502 - A Giant 6502 CPU

Now here's a seriously cool project - a giant replica of the MOS 6502 CPU that visualizes it's data flows with a lot of LEDs!

Incredible as it may seem, it is a fully working NMOS 6502 implementation (minus a few bugs that the developers aim to iron out in the next revision of the board), albeit running at just about 400 KHz due to the capacitance of the transistors used.

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