Jul 092010
 

Ok, here it is: The final version of the Arkos Tracker.

With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

Changes:

  • The “Load Song” dialog can now load both AKS and SKS files at the same time.
  • You use use the command line to load a song.
  • Drag’n’drop possible to the Arkos Tracker executable file to load a song.
  • Bug corrected: Could not close the application with the top-right cross when the player was active.

    Jun 302010
     

    The adventure game Orion Prime is now available as DSK images. Let’s hope to see the german version in the future, too. You can download the complete release (including manuals and DSK files) from the Orion Prime homepage and at the end of this article.

    Jun 292010
     

    Arkos released a new Beta version of their cross-plattform tracker “Arkos Tracker”. With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

    You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

    Changes:

    • Ability to drag’n’drop AKS, AKI, SKS files into the Arkos Tracker.
    • Ability to limit the Pattern Viewer refresh rate in order to improve performance.
    • Load Song and Import SKS options are now mixed into one single option.
    • Corrected a bug that could make the Pattern Viewer not refreshed after having entered a volume, pitch or instrument.
    • Corrected a bug that would make the player use a wrong frequency when changing the replay frequency.
    • Corrected a bug that would make sounds not evolve on Speed 1 while adding them in the Pattern Viewer.
    • Slight improvement of the replay routine (shouldn’t be noticeable in 16 bits, but should in 8), after Dadman noticed a bug in the 8 bits replay.
    • A few cycles optimisations of the player (thanks to Grim/Arkos).
    • Spectrum player redesigned, corrected, and optimised by Grim/Arkos (using the “Molusk” song, max TM is 5300t, average is 2400t).
    • MSX player test debugged by Syx. MSX DSK updated by Syx.
    • Source of the CPCBooster client and management now included (Sources/CPCBooster).

      Jun 142010
       

      Arkos released a new Beta version of their cross-plattform tracker “Arkos Tracker”. With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

      You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

      Changes:

      • AKStoYM, a command line tool to convert any AKS song into an interleaved or non-interleaved YM6 format.
      • MSX2 compatible player test thanks to WYZ.

      May 182010
       

      Arkos released a new Beta version of their cross-plattform tracker “Arkos Tracker”. With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

      You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

      Changes:

      • Complete coding of the sound generating and outputing by myself. The emulation is more accurate, and will allow the implementation of samples and Sids in the future.
      • Plug in your best MIDI Keyboard or any MIDI-In device, play and record your music with it!
      • 150hz and 300hz replay modes are now available. They are very slightly slower than on a real CPC. Nothing you should notice…
      • CPCBooster output is now very accurate.
      • Ability to save Interleaved/non-Interleaved YM6 format.
      • AKStoBin: a command line software to converts any AKS song into a binary to use on hardware (warning, you still need .Net to use it).
      • STKtoAKS: a command line software to converts any STarKos songs into an AKS song (warning, you still need .Net to use it).

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