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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #275 on: 02:09, 24 November 19 »
Indeed , that was my problem regarding the file lenght.

Thanks for the possibilities , I will do in this way .
and also looking the Arkos pack Tools (and the ramlaid's example as well )

I will progress and come back to you  with the result or with some other coming questions :)
thanks for your kind support  :D
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #276 on: 13:55, 24 November 19 »
But if want to make something quick, in Basic, load your 17k screen in #c000, load the MOD player binary in a low address (#800 or something like that, but I'm sure you can go below that even in Basic, I just don't remember) with a file that goes up to about &a000 (so, you'll have to use a MOD of 38k max) and that's it!
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #277 on: 16:08, 31 January 20 »
Hi all,

I am very proud to present you... Arkos Tracker 2 alpha 8!

What's new?
  • Play and compose your music in real-time on your CPC via any serial interface! The CPC client supports the CPC/Mini Booster, USIfAC and Albireo! And also the PlayCity! This means you can directly hear how your 3/6/9-channel music will sound on the CPC!
  • A toolbox in the pattern viewer to transpose, swap, remap specific instruments.
  • Instrument preview when loading them.
  • A better MIDI import.
  • MOD import can generate PSG instruments instead of samples. Useful for conversion to soundchip!
  • New logo and splash screen :).
  • And many, many smaller features and bug-fixes.

For a complete changelog, click here!

Download the application here!

The next version will be mostly focusing on the simplification of the Linker at the top (no more tracks, only position, which will make the composition faster and the UI less daunting).
« Last Edit: 16:10, 31 January 20 by Targhan »
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #278 on: 18:56, 31 January 20 »
  • A better MIDI import.
  • MOD import can generate PSG instruments instead of samples. Useful for conversion to soundchip!
Amaaaaaziiiing !

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #279 on: 23:34, 31 January 20 »
I am very proud to present you... Arkos Tracker 2 alpha 8!

Nice!
So I guess that means I can record some of my tracks that caused a bug earlier?  :)

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #280 on: 00:14, 01 February 20 »
'Your" bug is corrected, indeed. But nothing prevented you from recording them from a real CPC :).
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #281 on: 02:59, 01 February 20 »
Is there a tutorial for this on youtube?

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #282 on: 06:56, 01 February 20 »
'Your" bug is corrected, indeed. But nothing prevented you from recording them from a real CPC :) .

There is noise I can't get rid of, when I record from a real CPC.
But I'd love to hear some advice on how to avoid that.
I think I already asked Bryce in the past though, and as far as I recall we can't really get rid of that, except in post. And then I'd rather use Arkos Tracker 2.

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #283 on: 12:00, 01 February 20 »
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Is there a tutorial for this on youtube?
For recording from a CPC? I don't know. But simply buy a mini-jack cable and plug it to your sound card (you may need a mini-jack/jack adapter) and start recording with any decent software.
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #284 on: 18:08, 01 February 20 »
Here is a small video showing the real-time communication with a CPC! Enjoy :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ8rREBnknM
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #285 on: 11:25, 02 February 20 »
Great work !

I am playing with the mod import with some amiga musics and and we can recognize them without any problems.
Of course some samples are difficult to reproduce for CPC (electric guitar for example) but the result is very good.


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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #286 on: 17:29, 03 February 20 »
Thanks @Targhan
Very impressive work.
Just a question about the remote CPC control.
Do you plan to control the CPC by the M4 card ?

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #287 on: 10:37, 04 February 20 »
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Do you plan to control the CPC by the M4 card ?
Mmmh, probably not, because using Serial is universal and works for all machines, not only CPC. M4 would require, I guess, specific code. And there's plenty of cheap Serial interface we can use.
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #288 on: 11:56, 04 February 20 »
Hello,

I don't really know how fast/slow can be retrieve datas from wifi/PC to M4/wifi/CPC, also depending on your local wlan connection...
Some studies to get timings would be nice to be done with the httpget there :
https://github.com/M4Duke/M4examples/blob/master/httpget.s
+Maybe downgrading the wait_recv buffer (2048 bytes)
or even tcp :
https://github.com/M4Duke/M4examples/blob/master/tcp.s
But, well, it's quite another subject...

So, correct me if i'm wrong (anyone?) but i'm not sure that the combo M4+CPC will be able to get real time datas from AT2/PC+wifi fast enough to replay a music at real time on CPC (let's say 50hz...)

Another idea, "CPC specific and easier because things exist", would be to be able to send the whole datas/music via wifi from AT2 to M4/CPC (saved to memory ? SDcard ?) then play on CPC while done, but in this case it would not be real time, but nice too because it avoid manual transferts and cables for lazy people ^^
In fact, like xfer does :
https://github.com/M4Duke/cpcxfer
Or @sid, what you've done in martine/m4 (or even the GUI...) for the gfx transferts ;)

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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #289 on: 13:31, 04 February 20 »
@tronic Unless I didn't understand, Wifi is really fast can top the 115200 bauds I'm targetting (which is fast enough for a 50hz music).

As for the other idea of transfer, this is off topic, but in my devs, I use XFer to transfer a SNA containing the assembled music, player and tester, and XFER+M4 automatically resets and runs the SNA. But this is no business of AT2, which "only" provides the sources to compile.
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #290 on: 14:12, 04 February 20 »
WiFi is for wireless LAN, Bluetooth is for wireless serial. If both had the same usage, only one still exist on our modern smartphones / laptop.
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #291 on: 15:45, 04 February 20 »
@Targhan
As you were speaking of it there :
"However, one feature I could add would be to use, on medium-long term, the Wifi ability of the M4 Board to send the data directly to the CPC"
https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/applications/arkos-tracker-2-released!/msg161892/#msg161892

I meant and was simply wondering if on the CPC side with M4, a M4 dedicated z80 code (like some given for examples by Duke) could get, fast enought (i mean to fit less than 1 vbl), a stream of bytes (how many & till how many ?) from PC using wifi.

Maybe not a clever question (sorry ^^), but finally doable or not ?


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« Reply #292 on: 18:26, 04 February 20 »
Thanks for finding a compromising quote :).

Like I said, I *could* use the M4 board Wifi. But now that we have serial communication in AT2, I'm reluctant to do it because:
- It would need a CPC-M4 specific code, BOTH on Z80 (not a problem), and on PC (more problematic (must be cross-dev, in C++, etc.)).
- We have many serial interface on CPC, and what I do with AT2 is exactly what they're needed for.

Basically, why use the M4 when any serial interface can do the job?

But yeah, this is technically doable and would work very fine.
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #293 on: 23:17, 04 February 20 »
Thanks for reply !
Didn't know what was in fact this "USIfAC" serial (and so wifi) device you talked about and we can see in the video.
Reading its documentation data sheet from @ikonsgr thread, i understand more things now and completely understand what you mean regarding the M4!
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« Reply #294 on: 23:25, 04 February 20 »
The USIfAC works great, but you can also use the Albireo or CPC/Mini Booster, which the Z80 client supports. And if other serial interface comes up, it is very simple to support it too. And no need to change anything on the code of AT2 itself!
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Re: Arkos Tracker 2 - Released!
« Reply #295 on: 00:29, 13 February 20 »
Here is a small video showing the real-time communication with a CPC! Enjoy :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ8rREBnknM
That's awesome!  :o 
I really enjoy seeing such wonderful usage of USIfAC!
Btw, 115200 is not the fastest you can communicate, USIfAC support speeds up to 576000bps  through direct serial/bluetooth connection or 460800bps through wifi module!  ;)

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« Reply #296 on: 10:29, 13 February 20 »
Yes, but 115200 is enough to have a low latency and be able to compose. And anyway, AT2 can use any frequency, and the client can be easily modified to adapt this frequency too, so...
Anyway, thanks for your great USIfAC, it was very simple to use, and also very reliable!
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