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One Rasterline Tracker V0.9   [2013]

One Rasterline Tracker V0.9 Released by :

Release Date :
6 March 2013

Type :
C64 Tool

1 Raster-Tracker V0.9

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User rating:**********  10/10 (31 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  10/10 (10 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Music .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Design .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Idea .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Text .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
NTSC-Fix .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Concept .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Docs .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
Test .... Chabee of SIDRIP Alliance
  Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
  NecroPolo of Ancients Pledge Inc., Avatar, Level 64, SIDRIP Alliance
Help .... Soci of Singular, The IDE64 project, VICE Team

SIDs used in this release :
1 Raster Tracker Demo(/MUSICIANS/H/Hermit/1_Raster_Tracker_Demo.sid)
Light Force - 1 Rasterline Cover(/MUSICIANS/H/Hermit/Light_Force-1_Rasterline_Cover.sid)
Visage - 1 Rasterline Cover(/MUSICIANS/H/Hermit/Visage-1_Rasterline_Cover.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by FATFrost on 15 April 2013
@Jammer, 64x Jammer tunes? yes please!!
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 15 April 2013
A new 1.0 version is available with a number of enhancements, additions and expansions:

1 Raster-Tracker V1.0
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 12 April 2013
10... 9... 8...
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Submitted by Hermit on 29 March 2013
Good idea :)
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Submitted by iLKke on 29 March 2013
Should be called RastaTracker instead
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Submitted by Hermit on 28 March 2013
:> A the moment there's no multispeed support, just because it didn't came into my mind...it would be interesting to hear a >100x speed tune though, and it won't be hard to implement, just have to put the display entirely into the main loop and let IRQ run the player and key-handler only...

Just finished ORMconvert and added it to the file-list. This is something like SWMconvert for SID-Wizard. It can convert simple MID files into ORM, and ORM files into SWM for SID-Wizard for 'remastering'. (And .S00 to .sid, just in case :)
It's not a standalone release, I'd like to have it here at this entry to be seen with its 'host', 1raster-tracker.
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Submitted by Copyfault on 28 March 2013
Brilliant sid-torturing indeed.

When I first saw this I remembered sprite crunching and xbow's approach to increase the number of sprites in a multiplexer.

With this sid-routine, composers can now do 311-speed tunes or smth like that ;)) (maybe just about 150+ - speed, but the idea is still funny)
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Submitted by WVL on 21 March 2013
Still doesn't fit in a badline ;) Nice!
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Submitted by ready. on 21 March 2013
Full respect for this one! Really impressive. Looking forward to use it in our next demo.
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Submitted by Jammer on 18 March 2013
Now all the demos will contain multispeeds ;)
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Submitted by Hermit on 8 March 2013
Thanks Guys for the really positive feedbacks. I had not imagined before release that this could be so welcome by you.
It still has to be optimized though to really fit into 63 cycles all the time. Maybe some coders already have an idea how to improve this tiny player...(for a while I'll concentrate on music itself instead of coding...)
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Submitted by pievspie on 7 March 2013
one of those golden moments in c64s 30 year plus history has just occurred
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Submitted by Burglar on 7 March 2013
hah, this is excellent!

"1 rasterline should be enough for everybody"
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 7 March 2013
Honestly said, for a first thought when I saw this one (v#21 I guess) I thought it to be insanely lunatic. It changed a little by the release version (v#34 I guess), from insanely lunatic to f'n insanely lunatic and that's about it. I'm proud of you, man.
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Submitted by Fresh on 7 March 2013
Great stuff man, this is gonna be useful!
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Submitted by celticdesign on 7 March 2013
Awesome work and technical very impressive. Who ever thought something like this would be possible!?
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Submitted by akaobi on 7 March 2013
You've made a great achievement again.
I'm also looking forward to the new compo called "One Raster Music Challenge." :)
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Submitted by Cruzer on 7 March 2013
Really amazing demo tunes, especially Lightforce. Unbelieveable sound power for <= 63 cycles.
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Submitted by Yazoo on 7 March 2013
hehe perfect. this is the "how to make coders happy - and the musicians less happy" tool ;-)
love it
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Submitted by Pantaloon on 7 March 2013
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Submitted by Oswald on 7 March 2013
this is insane :)
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Submitted by yago on 7 March 2013
excellent hermit
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Submitted by Axis/Oxyron on 7 March 2013
Awesome work!
I guess we will see a lot of plot-, bob- and dycp-records in the near future.
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Submitted by Flavioweb on 7 March 2013
Hermit for president!
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Submitted by Cresh on 7 March 2013
And then you can crunch it with Music Raster-Time Cruncher V1.0

This is crazy! ;)
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Submitted by andym00 on 7 March 2013
What an outstanding contraption =) Love it!
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Submitted by FATFrost on 7 March 2013
Hmmmm... Less of the fiddling you old pervs... ;)
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Submitted by SIDWAVE on 7 March 2013
with some fiddling you can get it down to half a rasterline! :)
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Submitted by Groepaz on 7 March 2013
WTF. please make a compo with this, we coders need a good repository of tunes =)
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Submitted by Yogibear on 7 March 2013
Nice minimalistic idea!
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Submitted by Flex on 7 March 2013
Hermit ftw!!! ... out of words.... 1 rasterline, this is getting ridiculous! :-)
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Submitted by algorithm on 6 March 2013
Now this is nice. Listened to the lightforce example with the filters and drums!
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Submitted by Twoflower on 6 March 2013
This is plain awesomeness. Just played around with this on the real thing - amazing stuff. :-)
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Submitted by hedning on 6 March 2013
This is crazy and cool as hell (?). :D
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Submitted by bepp on 6 March 2013
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Submitted by iAN CooG on 6 March 2013
actually it's Link\Visage.sid =)
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Submitted by Digger on 6 March 2013
F**king genius! :) I know the 3rd tune too! Sounds like ripped DRAX in lo-fi. What is that tune btw., sound like Wendy but it's not that one.
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Submitted by Cruzer on 6 March 2013
What HCL said, except replace Booze Design with Camelot :)
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Submitted by Zyron on 6 March 2013
Insane! :D
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Submitted by Shadow on 6 March 2013
Great stuff, the included demo tunes sound were impressive, really shows that you can get nice sound from one single rasterline.
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Submitted by Toggle on 6 March 2013
Yet another tool - Hermit, you're a machine! ;) Fantastic work!
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Submitted by freℚvibez on 6 March 2013
Can we please do a CSDb compo using this tracker/player? :)
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Submitted by Dane on 6 March 2013
Gee thanks, Hermit. :(

No seriously, this might come in handy sometime. But half of the fun is doing my own tweaking.
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Submitted by HCL on 6 March 2013
Fucking brilliant!! From now on all musicians in Booze Design may use *no* other tracker than this one. One line and no f**king more ;D.
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Submitted by Hermit on 6 March 2013
Hello Cyberspace

I was inspired by Lft's
Air on a Rasterline
and I created this tool in the past 1-2 weeks. It was faster to develop this tracker because I could reuse a lot of code from SID-Wizard project.
The version 0.9 means it's not 100% as I planned in the beginning for 2 reasons: the rastertime-usage is a bit more than 63 cycles if we take JSR and RTS in, and of course the border-colour change takes 6 extra cycles...

If not good for a competition then you might use it for some releases where no more than cca. 1 rasterline is left for a music :)
Be warned, you should know the SID chip fairly well and some thinking might be needed to tweak your tune to sound good with the given limitations.

Read the built-in help for more info. The zip file contains the source files, in case you might want to take a part in the development or further optimization of the player-code....and on the other hand, the editor might need some more functions like multispeed or transpose/detune or conversion of PAL/NTSC tunes. (btw. NTSC-machine is auto-detected and NTSC pitch-table is supported)
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