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Re: HoustonTracker 2 (TI-82/83/83+/84+)

I think it's my recording which is not very clean (direct line in into a computer). Probably the drums saturate too much.

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Imma post my old super mario main theme cover!
https://soundcloud.com/damn-dull-giako/ … ator-music

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Ahahaha, yes! Me <3 Speedcore. Also, this is a whole new level of "Mario on a rave" big_smile

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Woah, it's been more than a year since i started composing on ht2. I swear, i kept using this awesome tracker and i completely forget how to Lsdj. big_smile Guess it's time for me to record all my music, i just need to build a filter for the ultra high frequencies that my calc has.
Quick suggestion: why not adding somewhere on the screen the current savestate number? Everytime i compose for a long time, i completely forget in what savestate i'm working and sometime i've accidentally overwritten a song.

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Good suggestion, that might indeed be useful. I think I had thought about it at some point, but completely forgot along the way. I'll put it on my to-do list for 2.30 wink

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https://pixelflood.bandcamp.com/track/c … pace-alien
New HT2 track! This time, in free download with many other chiptunes from Italy.
Happy holidays y'all!

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Finally got around to listening to this properly. Awesome track, love that grinding fx at the end!

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Talkin' bout da tracker at Revision last weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UgSDAkXAJw
Rather technical, with a lot of uhhm and ehhm, and a failed demonstration of the QED68 sound routine at the end.

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Really great video, was very interesting to watch.

Never was able to make my TI calc connect to PC, and it eventually bricked out on its own by just laying around (not powering on no matter what), so I never was able to see the thing in action. As I understand from the docs, the only way of data exchange in HT2 is the save states, i.e. loading/saving snapshot back and forth by the OS/linking software means. However, as the tracker naturally uses the I/O port as an audio output, it could be also used for a 'tape save' routine to store songs data to an external media (any modern audio recording device) quite easily. Such feature could be handy for frequent backup purposes.

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Thanks! I had initially planned on implementing this, but ultimately abandoned the idea, mostly because of my lack of experience in coding such a system. At the current stage, it would be quite tricky to add, because there's just a few hundred bytes of memory left. And there's actually a few other features that I still want to implement (advanced live mode, better copy/paste/clone support), so I'd rather spend the remaining bytes on this. I might consider it again at some point, but at the moment I'd rather try to convince the TiLP guys to try and add Android support, which would probably solve the problem for many people as well.

Btw, a call for action to everyone: Please do test the latest beta versions from github. There are a couple of nasty issues which I need to sort out before I can progress further. So far I've had no luck with these, so any input on them is highly appreciated.

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Re: HoustonTracker 2 (TI-82/83/83+/84+)

Hello HT2 friends, I've uploaded a new beta version (2.24) to the github repo. Fixed a major bug in the keyhandler which was probably responsible for a whole range of stability issues, and added a "loop pattern" playback function (accessible with [ALPHA][(-)]. Provided there are no bugs, this will become the next stable release. Please do test and report any bugs you find.

Also note that the html documentation is no longer updated. For HT2.3, there'll be a new fancy pdf manual. The current draft is attached below.

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This is GREAt to read, it's good to know that you are still developing the tracker! One month ago someone stole my backpack with all my "calculator gears" inside, but yesterday couple of friends gave me a mint TI 82 stats fr. I can't wait for my greylink to come, i want to try the new version of Ht2!

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Man, sucks to hear your stuff got stolen. But great to hear that doesn't discourage you!

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Picked up a TI-84 Plus Silver for cheap. Can't wait to get Houston onto it!
Thought it would be great fun, especially when I'm travelling.
Noticed the tasm_on_calc allows one to program directly in assembly?
It would be ace to be able make some tunes and mess about with assembly on the same device - unless it's one or the other.
Guess I'll find out once I start reading the bits and bobs.

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Haven't tried tasm_on_calc, but judging from the readme, it might not be very useful. It only implements a small subset of commands, and a lot of important stuff like logic, 16-bit arithmetic, relative jumps, and data directives aren't implemented at all. That said, the 84+ can be programmed natively in machine code. So you can always write your asm code on paper, and translate it by hand wink Quite tedious, but it's doable for small projects.

Houstontracker takes up most of the available RAM. However, on the 84+, you can always stuff things into the Flash archive to make room in the RAM. So it's certainly possible to use the same calc for music tracking and asm experiments.

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Ah, good to know on the tasm_on_calc front.  I'll look into the Flash archive once the calc arrives. Ha, Ha, well, maybe as a technical/training excercise translating machine code by hand might be useful (shudders...) smile