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Seen on CPCWiki, it is possible to replace an AY-3-8912 original sound chip (originals for sell are costly) by a replacement chip created by vRetro Design (better to put the chip in a socket after removing the original) : AY-3-8912 functional equivalent for 25 euros.
There is another replacement chip : AY-3-8912A-TS (Turbo Sound) but contrary to what was thought at the start of the CPCWiki thread, it isn't usable on an Amstrad CPC. It's only for ZX Spectrum and it offers 2 AY instead of one.
The clone had a timing problem but it has been corrected by vRetro on the 12 October 2023 as announced by SerErris.
One or two ears, one brain at least ? Then you are ready to listen to the lastest chiptune compilation by McKlain : Press Play Then Any Key (ok, but where is the damned Any key on a qwerty keyboard ?).
You should go to the Youtube channel of Tollis to discover his many musical remix of Amstrad CPC games that he did wrote.
If there is a Twitter account you should follow, it's Ian Scott who is working on a clone of the mythic sound card Gravis Ultra Sound with a Pico of the Raspberry foundation. Give some love to your Amstrad PC XT/AT ! Otherwise you can try to buy a real one, but you will have to sell your house first. For more informations you can go to Vogons.
The ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator v2.9 beta 32 by Sergey Bulba is available, it permits to listen to many music format files, including .YM, .AY and .AYM music files, for windows and linux.
Tommorow friday the 22th 2022 at 10pm (frog hour, so 11pm for the beef eaters), Roudoudou will stream about Amstrad CPC programming : ASIC (on CPC+), hard sprites and integrating music.
Tonigh Friday the 8th 2022 at 9:30pm (frog hour, so 10:30pm for the beef eaters), Roudoudou will stream about Amstrad CPC programming : ASIC (on CPC+), hard sprites and integrating music.
The version 1.0 of Mod Master XT by FreddyV is available on Vogons.
This msdos utility lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC even a PC XT (CGA), for example an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC 512/640...
Carlc27843 has written for PICO-8 an Amstrad CPC AY-3-8910 sound chip emulator using undocumented 5512Hz 8-bit mono PCM channel, to compose or convert Amstrad CPC music by Dave Rogers.
CPCDiskAdapter by Michael Wessel is an universal Floppy Disk Drive Adapter for the Amstrad CPC. It's a PCB which lets you connecting disk drives other than the standard Amstrad DD1 / FD1 drives to the CPC via the disk controller, which usually requires some floppy cable mods. Moreover, these mods usually fix the drive to either being CPC A or B drive.
With this adapter board, one can flexibly use the DIP switches to select 2 out of 3 possible disk drives, and flexibly determine which one is A or B. Moreover, no more (destructive) cable mods are required with this board.
The following drives can be used:
- the standard Amstrad DD1 / FD1 3" floppy
- standard PC 3.5" floppy (with READY signal if possible)
- 5.25" floppy (with READY signal if possible)
- Gotek floppy drive
If the drive does no emit the READY signal, then it can be "faked" by grounding the READY line with the corresponding READY DIP switch (this is a standard CPC floppy cable hack)
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