Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Music Studio

I'm slowly getting my music studio back up and running. I'm adding the Commodore 64 and MSSIAH cartridge to the mix. It is now hooked into the Novation keyboard via MIDI and it will all direct their data to Propellerhead's Reason and Record.

I'm looking forward to making music again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

8-Bit Dreams

I received my MSSIAH synth and sequencer cartridge today from 8-Bit Ventures. It got here a lot faster than I thought which forced me to scramble around looking for all the right cables, i.e. MIDI, RCA, etc, to splice this into my home music studio. I made a few decisions on things:

I will compose all my 8-bit music on the Commodore 64 using MSSIAH and then save it to tape via the good old Commodore Datasette. I chose to go the tape route because the 1541 disk drive is huge and requires another power plug. The datasette is smaller (my desk space is limited) and gets it's power from the serial connector. Plus, I get the VERY old school feel of saving data to tape.

I need a 1351 Commodore mouse. I've had very little luck getting one on eBay, so the search will continue. The MSSIAH software utilizes the mouse heavily. It can use an Amiga mouse, but the right button function won't work.

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to posting some results when I'm done!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Last Ninja 2

Playing some Last Ninja 2 this morning! I admit, I don't recall this game from back in the late 80s and early 90s when I had my first c64. The controls are a little hard to figure out and I got my ass beat by the first bad guy. The music is awesome.