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MSSIAH - A Sequencer For The Commodore 64 

About a decade ago or so I produced music and recorded it with computers. My two main software platforms were Cubase and Reason and I had a blast with them. I'd fiddle with the sequencers in both pieces of software for hours on end to get the desired music I wanted.

The Commodore 64 has amazing musical capabilities thanks to the SID sound chip. It's capable of some amazing feats, but can be difficult to program. A lot of people use trackers, which seem fun, but I have to admit to being a little confused by the layouts and use of hexadecimal numbers, etc.

Then along came MSSIAH, a cartridge for the #c64 which packs in a ton of fun and useful music tools including a variety of synths and a full blown, multitrack sequencer. Read more about it here: http://www.8bitventures.com/mssiah/

The cartridge also has a midi port on it so you can use your favorite controller. I've been able to hook up many keyboards to it to play the various included synths. My knowledge of other software sequencers transferred over to MSSIAH well and I had a quick and dirty tune up in seconds. I'm still trying to find the time to create more elaborate songs -- hopefully soon.

Check out this video I found on Youtube of MSSIAH in action:

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I'll stick with 64HDD... I think it's more compatible with more software...
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CometChat and Comet64 - #c64month  

One of the cooler things I've done with my Commodore 64 in the modern age is mate it up to the Internet. My first foray into this was with an RR-NET using the IDE64 as the clockport. I had a blast connecting to BBSs this way using a few terminal program modified for use with IP.

Then I found the Comet64 from www.Commodoreserver.com.

This device connects your Commodore 64 to the Internet but does a few things more. As the video shows, you can store files "in the cloud" on your 64 and download them. It's like having a disk drive up on the Internet. The speeds are quite fast, too.

But the most fun I've had with it is using a program called CometChat where it connects you up to "chat rooms" where you can talk real time with other friends using a Commodore 64 or emulator. Commodoreserver even has a multiplayer game called GroupZork that works with the Comet64.

If you have a Commodore 64, the Comet64 Internet Modem is worth owning.

Here's a video I found showing off what CometChat has to offer.

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Funny how we don't always know peoples' real names and that trips us up. Happens to me when we're having Commodore telephone conversations. I joined one a few weekends ago. Mostly talking about BBS stuff...  if you care to join, ask Chris "Fivethreeseven" Swafford over on Facebook, tell him I sent ya. :)
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Fairy Well - A Modern Classic On The Commodore 64

During my August musings about Commodore 64 things, I'll reflect upon the past and the memories attached. But what of the new memories!? One great thing about the Commodore 64 is the vibrant and large modern scene. People are still creating great hardware and software to support the Commodore 64 into the future.

The next few days I'll be highlighting a few of those things.

Today I bring you Fairy Well. A superb game which I PURCHASED recently. That's right! I purchased a Commodore 64 game in 2012 and it was well worth it. There are many games for sale for the Commodore 64 and most of the very best can be found here: http://www.rgcd.co.uk/

In Fairy Well, you can pick a hero in the very first screen. Each has different characteristics. Then you head out to explore a huge world where you can buy or find items and unlock chest. Your goal is to find crystals which allow you to move on to greater levels. The world is huge, the music is haunting and atmospheric, and the game-play is amazing. This game is a treasure and is among my favorite games of all time on the c64.

Here's a video I found on YouTube showing some the gameplay from this great game.

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+Rick D Couldn't agree with you more! 
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Decided to mess around with the old Amiga today. I read of a
game called Moebius Goatlizard I wanted to try so I downloaded the ADF file and used EasyADF to transfer it to a floppy. Getting my PCMCIA transfer kit to work was a bit of a hassle. The CF I used a year ago didn't work anymore and finding a suitable replacement was a chore as the Amiga is very picky about CF card brands. I found a Sandisk card in the garage and it was smooth sailing from there. The game is fun and pretty challenging, although now that the Amiga is booted, all I want to play is Cannon Fodder.

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+Eric Nelson  Yes.. It still works perfectly.  I'm happy to say that it's one of the most stable pieces of tech I own.

Now I'm at the beginning of expanding that A600 I bought last year. I bought an A604 memory expansion module to bring it up to 2 MB of chip RAM with the realtime clock module.  The main reason that I bought the A604 now is that that seems to be the only way to add an Indivision video interface to use it with modern monitors.

Expanding the A600 seems a lot trickier than the any of the other Amigas I have.  Since it's a lot smaller and has limited interfaces, there's a lot of, "If you install this, then you can't install that", or even "You have to remove that." (that usually being the floppy drive and various pieces of shield/case ).  I still have a lot of decisions to make with this one.  It'll have to wait till after vacation.
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Received the Vectrom 32-in-one multicart yesterday for my new (old) #Vectrex  system. Haven't had time to delve into too many of the games, but HAD to load Berzerk and try it out. Great version. I'm really loving the old school vector graphics. And one thing not mentioned too much about the Vectrex is its amazing sound.
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Got myself the Sean Kelly multicart.  Hoping to find some overlays this weekend at the retro computer fair.
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The other day, my wife and I took our daughter to a birthday party for one of her friends. It was hosted at a skate rink. I hadn't been to one of those since my early teen years when I would go to one with a friend on weekend evenings every so often. To my pleasant surprise, not much has changed. They still have video games (some pretty decent, older ones, too) and same type of cheesy music, like YMCA. My daughter had a blast. It brought back some great memories.
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Knight N Grail - An Incredible Modern Platformer on the Commodore 64

Platformers are often overlooked on the Commodore 64. However, there are many great ones from the past, like Giana Sisters, Creatures, Impossible Mission, etc. 

Arguably, one of the very best is a MODERN title called Knight N Grail from our friends at Psytronik. After purchasing this, I spent a straight week with it. 

The trailer below will show you much more than I could ever tell you. 

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Guns 'N' Ghosts - My favorite Commodore 64 game in the last year

My favorite Commodore 64 game in the last year is Guns 'N' Ghosts. I remember first hearing about this quite awhile back and the previews looked amazing -- a clever platform style game with snappy controls and interesting power-up and ammo pickups. Once it arrived after my purchase, I was more than satisfied with this fantastic, modern Commodore game. I look forward to new Commodore 64 releases more than any other platform.

Watching the trailer video will give you a much better idea of the gameplay. I prefer Trev's psychic ability over Georg's shotgun. 

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No problem. That was my mistake in the first place, I read too fast and I'm not anglophone so... :-) +Eric Nelson threads are always interesting and I was surprised to read such a reaction. And I totally understand for the thread pollution, which I also try to fight.
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Last year I wrote an article each day in the month of August celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Commodore 64. 

This year, I may not be able to write as many articles due to my work load, but I do want to contribute by writing several articles focusing on modern hardware and software for the 64, as well as my thoughts concerning the system and its thriving community.

To start, I'd like to highlight my favorite modern peripheral, the Ulitmate 1541 II. While I do own a datasette and two 1541 disk drives, I don't use them on a daily basis. For a "heavy" user like me, an SD or CF mass storage solution is much easier to manage and faster, in most circumstances.

To begin with, I started with an IDE64. This had a lot of compatibility issues, and a lot of games needed to be "patched" to work. The one great thing it had was a clockport, so an RR-NET ethernet adapter could be used with it, which opened a whole new world to me on the Commodore 64.

Next I got an SD2IEC. This was awesome, but still had some compatibility issues. I still use mine quite a bit when I have to use the cartridge port for one reason or another.

The final solution, and one I use almost every day, is the Ultimate 1541 II. This device is the Swiss Pocket Knife of Commodore 64 peripherals. It not only has basic, multi-disk storage support, it also has an optional tape cable that comes out of the cartridge and goes to the tape port for maximum compatibility. It has a built in SID player for playing your favorite tunes. It also comes with several freezer and fast loading cartridge images that you can have boot with the cartridge. This introduced me to "freezers" which I rarely used back in the day, but use quite a bit now for a quick and easy "save game" option. Read more about it here (I'm sure I'm leaving out quite a bit): http://www.1541ultimate.net/content/index.php

The device is amazing and worth every penny. If you're a Commodore enthusiast, I highly recommend it.

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+Chris Osborn , it seems to me that Apple II users had even more flexibility when it came to interchangeable cards that swapped in ROM / RAM, even if those terms are being applied to some hardwired circuitry or a few flip-flops found on say a joystick interface card.
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A pretty decent week of gaming. Played some Wizball #c64  , Pokemon Stadium 2 (with my son) #n64  , Super Metroid #snes  , and a ton of #Vectrex  games. I also downloaded State Of Decay on #xbox360  , but haven't tried it yet.
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Wizball on the c64 was great! The Amiga conversion was very bad though. Something went very wrong with the colours on the Amiga version. And the sound gah.
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Got a little time today in between clients to play some #NES  games, including Gradius II, Tecmo Super Bowl, and Castlevania II. The console has some great titles.
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Playing a few #NES  games in-between work clients today. Having a blast. The NES definitely has a huge library of fun titles. Why do all the Mega man titles have to be SO hard? I love the graphics and sound but can't get through a level to save my life.
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I love the style of the games and WANT to enjoy them, but they get too frustrating for me.
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