So I decided to remake one of my songs using Houston Tracker 2 (https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=758.0) by @utz
and it's One Axe to Save us All that is receiving the chiptunes treatment:
The end of the intro is completely messed up but I'll fix it lol. I don't know if I'll finish the entire track but it will most likely have most of the first verse and chorus.
UPDATE: Song is finally complete! Here is the final version at https://soundcloud.com/djomnimaga/one-axe-to-save-us-all-8-bit-cover :walrii:
Yesss! Sounding good. If you like, I'll include the finished track in the compilation of HT2 tracks which is due to appear in a couple of months or so.
Sounds good :) Nice job dj
Thanks a lot guys. :D Hopefully I can make a full song soon :) And no problem @utz
Guys, here is an update :D
https://soundcloud.com/djomnimaga/ht2oneaxeintro3 (the first two parts are finished and I'm now doing the third)
Well that sounds good for 1-bit music.
(Edit: 1000th post!)
Congrats on your 1000th post and thanks for the comments. :)
Yeah! I like where this is going :)
Sounds pretty awesome so far, I'm impressed with the complexity of the sound HT2 can pull off.
Yeah, even moreso that it runs on 6 MHz. Most quad channel engines only supported 15 MHz calcs before, IIRC. It's really an amazing feat, and to think utz said the engine could be better... imagine how much better it would sound if he rewrote it. As it is now it's really great, though. We can do some Mega-Man style material.
Well I know that utz has a lot of experience with 1 bit music, especially on the ZX Spectrum. This sounds a lot more detailed than what he did on that, and it's normal since the calcs are faster than the Speccy.
What would be cool is if those music routines could be used in real-time as Axiom. However, the fact that most new calcs no longer have a link port might cause this feature's audience to be nearly non-existent. After all, I think there are about 3 calculator games with full music out there (other than TI-Boy SE).
EDIT: Update: By the way, this song will actually be two Houstontracker 2 save files playing one after each others, because I have just hit the 64 note sequence limit. (There cannot be a sequence higher than 3F (63)
EDIT 2: Wait, nevermind, I thought that this applied to both notes and drum loops, not just drums. False alarm.
GOOD NEWS: The song is finally complete! Here is the final version at https://soundcloud.com/djomnimaga/one-axe-to-save-us-all-8-bit-cover
You'll notice that I also fixed the pitch so that it's the same as the original (https://soundcloud.com/djomnimaga/one-axe-to-save-us-all).@utz
you are free to use this as example song by the way (just link to this thread I guess). Let me know how you would prefer the song format and how to send it to you. :)
Horray! Sounding great. I'll PM you about sending the track.
Nice. The sound cloud page says "8bit cover" though, might wanna fix that. :P
I feel it's 8 bit as much as it's 1 bit personally. :P 8 bit due to using a 8 bit processor, but 1 bit for using a monochrome screen platform :P
The 1 bit thing is because it's done by toggling one signal (bit).
But on TI 2x 1bit I guess.
By the way, does someone know if 2x output is possible on Casio too? I'd guess not since they have crossed two pins of the 2.5mm-3pin-cable, which makes me think that 1pin is Input, the other Output (and 1 GND of course)...
Are you going to have the HT2 file available for downloading? I'd like to listen to this on my calc.
I don't mind, if Utz is comfortable with people sharing copies of HT2.
From the docs :
QuoteHoustonTracker 2 is free, open source software. It is released under a "revised" BSD-License. This means you're basically free to use, modify, and redistribute this software both in binary as well as source form, as long as you don't pretend that I endorse what you're doing, or try to hold me responsible for any damage done.
Additionally the license requires you to credit the author. See the docs for the full license.
Ah right. There is always the issue of my version being outdated, tho, so I will probably recommend ppl to use the official release for production :P
Sure, you're welcome to share the file online, especially if you link to the official release.
The in-development savestate utility can now export single savestates to a custom format, but there's no way of reimporting them yet, so it's fairly pointless atm.
Maybe a converter could be done at one point for people who wants to upload to soundcloud?
I'm afraid not - that'd be a project of the scale of HT2 itself, if not bigger, 'cause you'd basically need a full TI emulation to do that.
Ah right, too bad. It could have been done by someone else, but if it's gonna be this much work then I guess it's not worth it.