Chipmusic • software • Spectrum

1tracker appeared

1tracker a multplatform chiptune cross-tracker, a ‘multitracker’ for short.

Primary goal of the project is to provide an easy way to use many 1-bit music engines for ZX Spectrum with an universal user interface, and to simplify adding support for new engines.

Secondary goal is to make a proof of concept for ‘one interface – multiple platforms – multiple sound engines’ tracker design. This is achieved by using a combination of SDL-based multiplatform front end that needs to be recompiled for every platform with platform independent music engine modules that contain the engines itself with all needed extra code to make them work with the editor.

Capabilities of the multitracker aren’t limited to the 1-bit music. It is possible to add support for almost any format supported by Game_Music_Emu through writing new external engine modules.

Shiru’s Stuff.

Chipmusic • software • Spectrum

New Spectrum48 1-bit engines

Hi. Last times Shiru released several incredible new sound-engines for ZX Spectrum 48K and its beeper, with various number of channels, various synthesis possibilities, and so on.

I decided to test each and every of them and – here are my results.

OCTODE engine provides 9 channels of sound (8 tones + drums).
Test result:

QCHAN engine allows to use 5 channels (4 tones + drums) with various envelopes of instruments and numerous level of volumes.
Test result

TRITONE engine gives 4 channels (3 tones + drums). Also it gives various modulations and volumes plus pretty rich set of drums.
Test result:

LyndonSharp engine is well-known 1-bit sound engine from 80s. Shiru reverse-engineered it so now it’s usable again. The engine has 3 channels, expressive sound and many cool drums.
tests’ result:

All the engines can be found on WOS forum:

This post was submitted by MISTER BEEP.