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2014 Edition of SID Soundchip Interface released by Quazar.

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Marking the start of my own celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the SAM Coupé I’ve launched a new, improved version of my SID Soundchip Interface.

Originally released back in 2003, my SID Interface allowed the SAM to use the soundchip from a Commodore 64. This all stemmed from my own small pet project exploring old forms of computer sound - with it’s unique sound the SID soundchip remains very popular with computer audiophiles to this day.

As I needed another batch of PCBs for the SID Interface I decided it was time to add some improvements. The 2014 edition features an onboard DC to DC convertor to generate the supply voltage for the SID soundchip so an external PSU is no longer required. The circuit board is also a golden yellow colour marking the 25th Anniversary of the SAM Coupe, and is styled to match my other recent hardware such as the Trinity Ethernet Interface and the 2 Way Euroconnector Expansion card.

Bundled with the interface is a disk of software, featuring Simon Owen’s marvelous .sid playback code. Using a software emulator to run 6510 machine code (the Commodore 64’s processor) the SAM is able to run .sid music files in realtime (essentially partial C64 emulation on the SAM!) so there’s now the ability to listen to thousands of C64 music files.

The new 2014 edition of the SID Soundchip Interface is priced at £44.99 and is available now.

Kind regards,

Colin

Speccy (Android app) now emulates SAM. Apparently.

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No idea if it works, but for those who want to try something out on Android, there is an emulator that apparently works for SAM stuff.

http://www.aep-emu.de/PNphpBB2-file-viewtopic-t-20813.html

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy

Nostalgia and Rum

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I’d like to share my story of this evening. It’s rum fuelled, and maybe Dan will be deleting this when he next logs on, but actually, I think this sums up the SAM and how it sits in our consciousness.

Friday night in my house is curry night. Since having kids, the highlight of my week (other than spending time with kids obviously, shhhh) is curry night on a Friday. But tonight, I’ve also drunk some very nice rum, watched Marley, and scoured the internet for the SAM Coupe. I’m years and years overdue with the latter, but I’ve dipped in every now and again, I’ve just only really thought about it recently.

The SAM was a small, insignificant part of our lives. A failed Spectrum+++ with hardly any games.

But, actually, it was a really important part of my life. And yours, if you’re reading this. Weirdly so. I was the editor of FRED magazine for 3/8ths of its life. When I read the stuff I wrote as a teenager (which I did tonight), it’s pretty embarrassing, but actually, it’s also pretty incredible. The scene feels like a cult, a handful of celebrities in tiny little world, but a world that really, really mattered to everyone involved. And at the time I loved it, I really loved the job, and I loved the shows, and I loved the computer. I remember where I was when it suddenly didn’t matter any more. Shamefully it was with the lack of payment, and (in my eyes) the end of FRED.

But I’m delighted to see there’s still things going on. I’m delighted to see Colin Piggot is still producing stuff. It’s mind-boggling to think that’s happening, but also I’m giddy like a kid. And ashamed of myself for walking away so easily.

Nostalgia and Rum

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I’d like to share my story of this evening. It’s rum fuelled, and maybe Dan will be deleting this when he next logs on, but actually, I think this sums up the SAM and how it sits in our consciousness.

Friday night in my house is curry night. Since having kids, the highlight of my week (other than spending time with kids obviously, shhhh) is curry night on a Friday. But tonight, I’ve also drunk some very nice rum, watched Marley, and scoured the internet for the SAM Coupe. I’m years and years overdue with the latter, but I’ve dipped in every now and again, I’ve just only really thought about it recently.

The SAM was a small, insignificant part of our lives. A failed Spectrum+++ with hardly any games.

But, actually, it was a really important part of my life. And yours, if you’re reading this. Weirdly so. I was the editor of FRED magazine for 3/8ths of its life. When I read the stuff I wrote as a teenager (which I did tonight), it’s pretty embarrassing, but actually, it’s also pretty incredible. The scene feels like a cult, a handful of celebrities in tiny little world, but a world that really, really mattered to everyone involved. And at the time I loved it, I really loved the job, and I loved the shows, and I loved the computer. I remember where I was when it suddenly didn’t matter any more. Shamefully it was with the lack of payment, and (in my eyes) the end of FRED.

But I’m delighted to see there’s still things going on. I’m delighted to see Colin Piggot is still producing stuff. It’s mind-boggling to think that’s happening, but also I’m giddy like a kid. And ashamed of myself for walking away so easily.

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SAM Revival 24 out now!

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Yes, it’s back! Yes, it’s been a long time! But issue 24 of SAM Revival magazine is now finally out!

Some of the highlights from this issue:

- News from around the SAM Coupé Scene.

- What happened to Sandman’s Shadow - information, screenshots and sketches from
Gordon Wallis about the point-and-click adventure game he was developing back in 1992.

- Developer Diary - Lots of info from SAM developers featuring a Space Invaders Arcade
Machine Emulator (Simon Owen), Wubtris + more (Rob Evans).

- Coupe Correspondence - lots of readers letters.

- SAM Comment - kicking around some potential new projects for the SAM Coupe.

On The Coverdisk:

On the coverdisk you’ll find the full game ‘The Witching Hour’ by John Vincent (who also painted the fab cover artwork for the magazine too!) There’s also the preview demo ‘Minutes Before The Witching Hour’.

This issue of SAM Revival costs £4.99 with UK postage, or £6.99 including Airmail postage for Europe.

BorderTron 3000 - Border Graphics Editor for SAM

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Not sure if anyone here would be interested in this or not, but I’ve added (with much help from Simon Owen) SAM Coupé support to “BorderTron 3000”, my Border graphics editor originally for the Spectrum.

It lets you draw pictures, and spits out SAM *.dsk files that draw those pictures in the Border area of your SAM.

http://freestuff.grok.co.uk/bordertron3000/ - it’s a Windows executable, but it should be fine under Linux or MacOS with WINE.

http://vimeo.com/18484636

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anyone know where to find this demo please?

http://vimeo.com/18484636

Spectrum titles with a SAM version on the other WoS

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Spectrum titles which were also released on the SAM Coupe are now also listed on www.worldofspectrum.org:

SimCoupe for Android

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Any chance of seeing more ports of SimCoupe or has the project been retired now? It is such a perfect emulator, and I’d love to see it running on the new tablets / phone running Android.

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