Mar 072017

AMCOG Games’ Tony Bartram has released an updated beta [zip] version of his Wavebox-inspired synthesiser module, RDSP. The module provides modern RISC OS computer systems with the means to both synthesise sounds, and play back sound samples with various effects applied to them.

The latest version – the second beta release – adds support for modulating samples via BASIC’s ENVELOPE command, support for sample looping (which means a simple drum loop, for example, can be made to play indefinitely), increases the number of channels to sixteen, and much more. For more details, refer to Tony’s post on the RISC OS Open forum, and to the documentation within the zip file.

 March 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 022017

And a drum loop, and some chords…

If you’ve not yet had a chance to look at this year’s RISC OS Awards poll, or simply have yet to decide what to choose in some categories, Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has released something to help you make that decision in at least one category.

Tony is one of the nominations in the Most innovative or interesting project category for a Wavebox-inspired synthesizer project which, amongst other things, should result in a simple to use sound capability on modern hardware – think in terms of how the SOUND and ENVELOPE commands worked on a BBC Micro, in particular because one of the benefits of the project is that it means those commands now work as they do on the BBC.

An alpha version of the module, along with sources and some example programs, is now available to download – and with just a quick glance here in The Bunker, it’s looking pretty neat.

 January 2, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 262016

Rob Sprowson has released version 1.41 of AMPlayer – a module and command line application which provides facilities to decode and play audio MPEG files, such as MP3s.  For users of the latest Raspberry Pi, the big change is that this version is compatible with 26-bit and 32-bit ARM processors up to and including ARMv8. The minimum version of RISC OS required is 3.50 – so in essence this new version is compatible with all RISC OS platforms since the RiscPC.

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
May 192013

Wave, Gen, you’re on RISCOSitory!

A couple of old applications for generating RISC OS sounds have been updated for 32-bit compatibility by Jon Scott.

The first of these, announced by Jon on the RISC OS Open forums as a re-release of a very old voice module generator, is Wavegen, an application that can create perodic sounds based on mathematical formula such as a simple sine or complex harmonic wavforms. Continue reading »

 May 19, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Apr 072013

Sound as a 32-bit compatible pound.

There are a number of ways to make RISC OS computer play sound samples – perhaps for sound effects in games – and one of these is to turn the sound sample into a voice module, an option often provided by software that works with audio samples. One such example was Armadeus, which came from Clares Micro Supplies – and is the software I used myself for the sound samples used in some of the budget games released by Soft Rock Software in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Continue reading »

 April 7, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Mar 182013

Sound as a pound!

A new version of SampleEd was released in early December last year by The Really Small Software Company.

Not covered on RISCOSitory before, SampleEd is a sound sample editor that provides support for a wide range of different sample formats and a variety of different processing effects. The application operates as a disc-based editor, with the sample being worked on remaining on disc rather than in memory, which means it is not limited by the amount of memory present in the computer. Continue reading »

 March 18, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jun 102012

There’s no sound like a SharedSound.

PlayIt is a tool for playing sound samples, which is used by a number of RISC OS applications, including DigitalCD. Originally written by Rick Hudson, recent updates have been made available by Christopher Martin, who has just released version 1.73 release 2.

This release incorporates Jeffrey Lee’s latest PlayItSSnd, an output driver for PlayIt to allow the module to use the SharedSound system, which allows CD tracks to be played in the background on systems lacking analogue audio. Version 1.11 of the driver was released on 5th June, 2012, and incorporates changes from Willi Theiss to address bugs when shutting down the driver, amongst other things.

Offering thanks to Rick Hudson and Andrew Rawnsley for making the sources available, and to Willi Theiss and Jeffrey Lee for their contributions, Christopher also asks that users do not attempt to contact Rick with questions about PlayIt because he left the RISC OS scene some time ago.

 June 10, 2012  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,