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I am new to the Colecovision scene but I have noticed in the threads that Flappy Bird & Space Taxi are being ported to the Colecovision. I even read about Zelda for the CV so I thought since that's possible why not some classics like Archon, Trap Door, Mail order Monster, etc. Is there any interest in the community to have some C64 all time classics ported to the CV. thanks
Tonight I decided to see how many steps are involved to convert a "simple" SID song to IntyBASIC format. By simple, I mean one that just outputs tones on the three channels. No note arpeggios, no vibratos, no glissandos, no waveform arpeggios, no pulse wave effects, no filters, no digis etc. Think the kind of C64 music you likely would hear between 1982 and 1985-86. Since a few years ago, SID2MIDI is freely available. It used to be a shareware program, but as the author stopped working on it, he released the full version for free. This program will take any SID file, match it to the Songlengths database that is included in the High Voltage SID Collection and output either a MIDI file, or what we really want in this case: a text file that for each millisecond outputs the note value, frequency, register content on each channel. By converting a SID song to text format and apply a lot of editing (I love my Emacs!), it took just short of one hour to get an IntyBASIC song that can be compiled and played back. Of course it depends on how long the song is. In this particular case, I found that every 6 steps of output, there should be one line of music data since that was the resolution of the song but another song might give different results. So I deleted five rows at a time, to get it evenly spaced. I'm sure I could create a macro that does this, only if I'm sure it doesn't misalign along the way. The instruments are the default ones, so they could be improved. So are the release patterns, but I think they're quite OK. The tempo is set to 6, but should probably be 7 to be closer to the original tempo. So with nothing more to add, here is the title song from Mail Order Monsters on the Intellivision! mailorder.bin mailorder.bas