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Subject: rockbox fun - the "audiosette" making archos act as a datasette
From: roland (for_spam_at_gmx.de)
Date: 2004-05-19


hi !
a friend of mine, still active in the c64/gameboy-music-scene (micromusic.net - nerds ;) doesn`t want to carry his "big`n`heavy"
1541
diskdrive to his gigs.

what did he do to have his equipment more "leightweight" ?

- he built an adapter to hook his jukebox to the datasette port (named that hardware adapter the "audiosette")
- got http://wav-prg.sourceforge.net/index.html to convert c64 program files to wav files
- converted his audio-tools (e.g. tools like http://www.prophet64.com/) to a wav file
- converted that wav file to mp3
- put that on his jukebox
- and......

watch yourself:
http://rockbox.my-vserver.de/pics/pic1.jpg
http://rockbox.my-vserver.de/pics/pic2.jpg

coool - RETRO!
:D

now i wonder: could there be a plugin for rockbox, doing that "PRG to Audio Conversion" on the fly - i.e. to "play a PRG File" - so
pushing the "play button" on your archos is just like "press play on tape" ?
i don`t ask for someone doing this - and NO - the world doesn`t really need this - but i just would like to know your opinion, if
such plugin would be possible. maybe, every byte could be precalculated into a single mp3 frame - that resulting 255 different
frames could be stored on the player and "merged" togeter to a mp3-bytestream ? i don`t know about the datasette audio format at the
moment.... :)
(hey - just brainstorming)

regards
roland

ps:
this is no joke - april is over!

pps:
there is a gig in stockholm at 26.05.2004: http://www.firestarter-music.de/gigs.htm of that audiosette guy. maybe you like
retro-gameboy-c64-music-stuff

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