A new old engine, tBeepr, has been added to 1tracker. This engine was written by introspec in 1995 and restored in 2013 also by him. It provides two tone channels with duty cycle settings, and interrupting drums.
Besided that, a number of recently added engines had broken loop support, which has been fixed in this update.
The classic 8-channel engine, ZX-7, added to 1tracker. There are minor fixes for other engines as well.
Yet another fresh beeper engine, along with 1tracker support. It is quite simplistic, but capable for interesting sounds. The synthesis is based on periodic noises with short periods, there are detune and slide support as well.
Octode XL by introspec, a much improved version of the original Octode engine, now available in 1tracker.
A new ZX Spectrum engine, Phaser3, has been created and added to the 1tracker. It has two tone channels, more synthesis features, and customizeable sampled drums.
1tracker got an update. Two new engines added, Stocker and Phaser2.
A bundle of VST plugins aimed for different kinds of 1-bit sound synthesis and processing has been released. It includes six plugins, two of them for processing, two drum synths, and two tone generators, covering majority of the 1-bit sound types. Comes with source code.
The now-old 1-bit music forum has been defunct for a while, so a new forum has been started. Welcome: http://randomflux.info/1bit/
Just a month after previous version, Beepola got another update! It fixes various bugs, and adds two more engines - QChan and Tritone.
Get new Beepola here
A compilation of 1-bit songs that uses Tritone engine for ZX Spectrum has been created recently. The compilation is made by nix./site, brightentayle and TK90X Fan, and contains songs composed by Battle of the Bits participants. Available in various tape and TR-DOS formats, along with the source code.
Download links and forum discussion are here
XXL has released the 4th installment of his Beep'em All series for GTIA/Atari 8-bit computers. Once again, a massive compilation, this time with tracks from Strobe, Mister Beep, moviemovies1, Rene Sens, and myself.
Great news, everyone. After a long time of silence, the best ZX Spectrum 1-bit music cross tracker, Beepola, got an update! Various things are fixed and improved, two and a half new engines support is added, including one that didn't have support in any editor yet - the famous Plip Plop (used in Cobra, Ping Pong, and many other Ocean and Imagine games).
Get new Beepola here
A new forum for 1-bit music has been set up recently. It aims to cover all the various platforms, including ZX Spectrum, Atari 8-bit, PC, Apple, and more.Check it out at 1bit.i-demo.pl.
The major beeper competitions are over for this year, but there is one special dessert: This year, 1-bit GTIA music will be accepted at Sillyventure's Atari XL/XE music competition. A perfect chance to try out the new LSengine, Octode, QChan, and Tritone converters by XXL.
Deadline is November 8th.
More info and rules can be found at www.sillyventure.eu/comp,en.
XXL has finished his port of the Tritone engine to GTIA/Atari 8-bit. The XM converter is available here.
After 1,5 years in the making, the 1-Bit Wizards debut compilation has finally been released. It features works by Factor6, Fluidvolt, irrlicht project, Mind Body Alpha, Mister Beep, Shiru, TDM, and Warlord. ZX Spectrum artwork was done by Trixs. All tracks were made with PFM-based engines (Qchan, SpecialFX, Tim Follin 3ch, ZX-10).
Download page (mp3 version and seperate tap/scl download available).
Update 07/16: Thanks to TK90XFan, a hobeta version is now available, too.
As promised, here goes another lengthy list of new beeper music releases. Most tracks from the past couple of months come from some One Hour Challenges at Battle of the Bits.
AER - Formula 1 [Savage][trd]
AER - Silver Axe (2 tracks) [SpecialFX][trd]
AER - Sonar [SpecialFX][trd]
AER - Terra [Savage][trd]
AER - TR [Savage][trd] (Password 1234)
Baycun - KRUISE KONTROL 4 KOOL [SpecialFX][tap]
Beard - anally plural singularities [Savage][tap]
Chip Champion - im skared [SpecialFX][bbsong]
Fearofdark - buzzrrkk [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Fearofdark - funkzombies [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Fearofdark - lukewarm [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Fearofdark - spaceball [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Fearofdark - zexandviolins [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Jangler - royalhound [Phaser1][bbsong][stream/mp3]
kfaraday - b00dmommy [SpecialFX][tap][stream/mp3]
kfaraday - queen of spodes [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
kfaraday - shmowzow [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
kfaraday - twin soldier [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
kfaraday - where do we keep hiring these people [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
KungFuFurby - jazz it up for phaser1 [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Potentialing - salsa de REDACTEDola - [Phaser1][bbsong]
Potentialing - when sudoku gets searious [Phaser1][tap]
rainwarrior - command y can can [SpecialFX][tap][stream/mp3]
RushJet1 - tets [Phaser1][tap]
skinnyhead2000 - horned atlas [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
skinnyhead2000 - music_theory_can_be_weak [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
skinnyhead2000 - ode to fode [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
skinnyhead2000 - sick jam sesh [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
skinnyhead2000 - ZedEx Delivery [Phaser1][tap][stream/mp3]
Slimeball - fod is going to have nightmares about skinnyhead [SpecialFX][tap]
SketchMan3 - dubble bubble [SpecialFX][tap][stream/mp3]
SketchMan3 - skating in the dark [SpecialFX][tap][stream/mp3]
Strobe - huvva [Tritone][sna][stream/mp3]
Warheart - The Mighty Sultan [Savage][bbsong]
In other news, Kakos_nonos has posted streams of some cover songs on his VKontakte page.
1tracker finally got an update.
Although it still looks the same, it got major changes on the script side, due to inclusion of built-in Z80 assembler written in AngelScript. This allows to add and change engines much easier, as engine modules now contain actual Z80 source code rather than precompiled binaries. On the downside, it made the editor much slower. It works with acceptable speed on modern PCs, though, and the speed could improve later. There are minor changes, including updating third party libraries to latest versions. Hopefully it'll improve editor's stability.
The most interesting part is, of course, new engines that has been added in this update. There are only two - the engine from Earth Shaker game (Michael Batty, 1990), and POWW (utz, 2013). Both are two channel engines, both has pretty unique sound. Special thanks goes to Oleg Origin for reverse engineering the Earth Shaker engine.
Download 1tracker v0.16
Unreleased version of Beep Tracker by Alone Coder that he used to make BT'MAN song for Chaos Constructions 2012 became avaiable for download. It is in TR-DOS disk image format, so you need an emulator with TR-DOS support, if you want to run it.
A new music engine for ZX Spectrum beeper has been released. It features two tone channels plus interrupting drums. One of the tone channels uses intersective pulse-width modulation to create a range of different timbres, the other one produces a simple 50/50 square wave. There is currently no dedicated editor for the engine available.