In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

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lessera
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55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Post Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:40 pm

MOS SID and Yamaha OPL in one machine. Chiptune bliss.

https://soundcloud.com/lessera/fields-of-chips

I cheated a bit with the number of tracks, as the original combo only allowed for a maximum of 3 SID voices and 9 OPL voices (if I recall properly).

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lessera
KVRist
55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:13 am

Reworked a couple of the transitions, and added a bit of EQ to the master.

Don't judge this one by the super-cheesy intro. It gets better (though remains cheesy).

eKeD
KVRer
8 posts since 2 Mar, 2017

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:59 pm

I do enjoy some really cheesy intros, i think that cheese makes up this entire sound. :P
great work!

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lessera
KVRist
55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:51 pm

Lol. Thanks for the comments.

I am glad I am not the only person who finds cheesy chiptunes endearing. Truth is, I need to do this kind of stuff from time to time, as a rebuttal to my wife always telling me that my music sounds like 'pretentious drivel'.

me109
KVRist
401 posts since 5 May, 2004 from North Carolina

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:55 pm

It makes me think of my first Cakewalk product - a MIDI sequencer for C-64. I've been with Sonar ever since!

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lessera
KVRist
55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:29 pm

Wow. I didn't know cakewalk made software for the C64. My first Twelve Tone software was Cakewalk that ran on MS DOS. Ahhh, the golden years of my shiny i486 and my Gravis UltraSound (anyone remember those?)

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Jace-BeOS
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4936 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:12 pm

Interesting. Did you actually manage to find software to use both at the same time?

I have one of those Sound Expanders and there’s so little to do with it. The software version I have has no sequencer or editor for the instruments (the tape version is apparently inferior to the 5.25” version which I don’t have). I also have no way to get new software off the web onto the thing because I have none of those modern storage devices for retro computers. Some programmers have since released drivers to unify the SID and Sound Expander, but I think it’s just for demo coders to integrate with their private tracker programs. I think they also require replacing the Sound Expander’s FM chip with an OPL2 chip.

I have a Prophet64 cartridge, but I don’t dig the software and my C64 mouse is the wrong model (one of my semi-broken Amiga mice sort of works). Sigh. Of course, they then came out with a MIDI-in-sporting cartridge called MSSIA shortly after I bought the Prophet64, which would actually be somewhat useful to me in using the C64 as a synth (if I had a working/correct model C64 mouse to operate the software).

Retro hardware. Just not really worth the effort.
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lessera
KVRist
55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:07 am

You're really testing my memory here. I believe the sequencer I had for the SXP was called Music Maker, or Music Master (can't quite remember). SID sequencer was called Electrosound. I could not use both together (not sure that was even possible), but as a kid, I really did not care. Music Master for some cheesy drums and pads recorded to tape, then Electrosound for some PWM Hubbard-esque lead riffing.

All that was over 30 years ago. These days, I fire up Super Audio Cart along with a couple of C64 plugins made by odo. I'll save the pile of AdLib cards and old C64s for the tech-heads that have the patience for it.

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jacqueslacouth
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909 posts since 18 Nov, 2004

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:21 am

I'm not really a chiptunes type of guy but I really enjoyed that...top stuff :tu:

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lessera
KVRist
55 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

Re: In memory of my Commodore64 + Sound Expander cartrige

Post Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:12 am

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed!

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