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5th alpha of the soundtrakker for PC Arkos Tracker by Targhan (Arkos)

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Targhan has released Arkos Tracker v2.0.0a5 for linux, windows and mac.

  • Many graphics improvement, including even more space for the pattern viewer.
  • Midi in: plug your keyboard and have fun!
  • Midi import: import your Midi songs.
  • New AKM (minimalist) player: more compact and powerful than the Lightweight!
  • Source converter: convert the music and player source to any assembler (winape, sdcc, pasmo, vasm, etc.) automatically, thanks to Disark, a new tool (for which I'll create a new thread...)!
  • ROM players: by setting a flag, the players will not use auto-modification anymore, but a small buffer to put in RAM, whereas the player itself can be put in ROM.
  • Support for specific hardware:
    • PlayCity (9 channels)
    • Spectrum Turbosound (6 channels)
    • SpectrumNext (9 channels)
    • MSX Darky (6 channels)
    • MSX FPGA (6 channels)
  • ... and many other improvements



Preview of a Symphony orchestra playing 8bit music at Hull on the 15 June

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8bit music played by an symphony orchestra ? It's the 15th June at Hull (United Kingdom), for more informations check 8-Bit Symphony's site.



Teaser of a WIP game by Batman Group : Vespertino

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Batman Group has made the buzz with a teaser of a racing game : Vespertino. There will be a lite disk version but on a CPC 464 you will need more memory. The real version will be on a cartridge for all CPC (so it's not a CPC+ cartridge) to be able to hold all the assets of the game. It will be like the Repoker de Ases cartridge which holds 4Mhz games.

Personnally, I was much impressed by the 3D rotation of the car, a nice effect.

Xyphoe has made a video in reaction of this teaser.



Imperium Solo firmware v1.0.4 by Duke, an adaptator to connect an USB joystick or mouse

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The firmware v1.0.4 of the Imperium Solo by Duke is available. It's an adaptator to use USB joysticks (PS4, Xbox One...) on a standard joystick port of an Amstrad CPC (and later ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga and Atari ST).

  • Added support for iNNEXT SNES WIRELESS
  • Added support for Microsoft XBOX 360 Wired
  • Added support for Power A Batarang Wired Controller





Results of the Basic 10 liners contest 2019

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The results of the Basic 10 liners contest 2019 are out, Amstrad CPC programs are :

  • Shielding Color, 6th place category extrem 256
  • Nano Hexagon par Logiker, 10th place category PUR-80
  • CPCanabalt par Logiker, 5th place category PUR-120
  • OVO, 3rd place category extrem 256
  • Tanks Alot par Amsdos, 14th place category extrem 256
  • Logipics par Logiker, 2nd place catégory PUR-80

You can download all Amstrad CPC programs of the Basic 10 liners contest 2019.



Rouleau de printemps by Roudoudou, a small GX-4000 and CPC+ invitro for Alchimie 13

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Alchimie 13 will take place on the 1st to 3rd November 2019. Roudoudou has written a small Amstrad GX4000 and CPC+ invitro not official Rouleau de printemps for this demo party where Amstrad users will be present.



Octopus Pocus, an Amstrad CPC demo by Pulpo Corrosivo released at tje Revision 2019

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Octopus Pocus by Pulpo Corrosivo has been released at the Revision 2019 for the oldskool contest where it got the 6th place. It needs 128 Kb, a CRTC 0 or 1. The code was written by Toms, music by Targhan, graphics by Rexbeng, Beb and Barjack, with help by Hicks (link on Pouet).



The third kind, a 4k intro by Vanity released at the Revision 2019

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The third Kind by Vanity has been released at the Revision 2019 for the 4k intro where it got the 3rd place (link on Pouet). The code is written by Hicks, graphics by Beb and music by Targhan



Gloire à Piou, an Amstrad CPC demo by Overlanders released at the Revision 2019

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Gloire à Piou by Overlanders has been released at the Revision 2019 for the oldskool contest where it got the 11th place. The demo was programmed entirerly on an Amstrad CPC first with DAMS then with Dorgams. The music is written by Jess with Starkos.

There are two versions of the demo :