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Mod Master XT beta 19 for your PC XT, listen to musical modules files

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A new version of Mod Master XT beta 19 by FreddyV is available on Vogons. It lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC under msdos even a PC XT (CGA). This last version adds the support for adlib sound music files, and for a next version the support of the OPLxLPT (OPL2 and 3).



New beta version of the CPC assembler Dorgams

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Dorgams is an assembler in ROM for Amstrad CPC, created by Madram, Drill and Hicks. A new version is available.

The documentation in french and english is available on Dorgams' wiki.





No music for an Amstrad PPC 640, are you sure ?

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A portable computer like the Amstrad PPC 640, released in 1988 has no ISA expansion ports, he has only a feeble speaker. So you may think it isnt possible to get some nice sound except of simple beeps ?

On the Amstrad CPC it was possible to have a better sound using a Digiblaster sound card connected to the parallel port. It was a simple electronic device with several resistors, not difficult to make in fact.

Well, there is the same thing on PC since ages : the Covox Speech Thing.. It is possible to buy a Covox 4 on Serdashop which is an upgraded version of the Covox Speech Thing (higher precision resistors : 0.1% and low pass filter). For more informations about the Covox, I recommand reading the related articles on Nerdly Pleasures.

I also bought the MCE2VGA on Serdashop which lets you use a VGA external screen instead of only using the internal screen which is quite lacking.

The software used here is Mod Master XT beta 18 by FreddyV which you can download on Vogons.





CPCEPower v2004, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Megachur (linux, windows)

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The last version of the Amstrad CPC emulator CPCEPower by Megachur is available on cpcwiki and cpcrulez.

The goal of this emulator is to emulates as best is possible the Amstrad CPC, like ACE.



Square Roots, a 4k intro by Vanity released at the Revision 2020

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Square Roots par Vanity has been released at the Revision 2020 for the 4k intro (link on Pouet). The code is written by Hicks, graphics by Beb and music by Tom et Jerry.

Vanity got the first place for this 4 Kb demo for the oldschool intro composition.

There is a video of this intro by Beb himself.




After Hibernated and Eight feet under by Stefan Vogt, the curse of Rabenstein

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After Hibernated and Eight feet under, Stefan Vogt has released a new adventure game : the Curse of Rabenstein which takes place inside the german black forest at night... This adventure game has been released for several platforms : Amstrad CPC, C64, Plus/4, ZX Spectrum (+3, ESXDOS et Next), Amiga, Atari ST, msdos and any modern PC.




New game by Reidrac : Kitsune's Curse for Amstrad CPC 464

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The last game by Reidrac (Juan Martinez) is out since the 17th April : Kitsune's Curse.

Kitsun'es curse is the following of Golden Tail, where the Osaka Castle was released from the evil summoned by the dark heart of the Shogun. But not all ended well for everybody.

When the true nature of our hero Kitsune was revealed, something unexpected happened: he shape-shifted into a fox-man.

To make things worse, when he woke up after the transformation, the talisman had been stolen by the Yiga. This clan is known for their dark arts and their deals with the Yōkai (supernatural monsters), and it is believed that they hide it now in Akasaka Castle, trying to subjugate the power of the stone.

You play the role of the ninja spy, who is on a mission to steal the Golden Tail from the Yiga clan, and hopefully use it to break Kitsune’s Curse.

Kitsune's curse was tested by Xyphoe onr Youtube.






Sending a SMS with an Amstrad CPC and a bit of humor !

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We are in 2020, and at least it is possible to send a SMS using an Amstrad CPC thanks to Kiragregis. It uses an RS232 interface (by Amstrad) connected to a GSM A6 module bought on AliExpress.

If you understand french, you should really listen to the vidéo by Kiragregis, it's a funny one. If you dont understand, maybe the youtube subtitle will be good enough to understand it.





SDCC v4.0.0 (C programming for Amstrad CPC) on PC and MacOS

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A new version of the ANSI-C compiler SDCC v3.8.0 is available since the 30th January 2020 for windows, linux and MacOS.