System Beeps - a PC Speaker music album
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PC Speaker was one of earliest and most primitive sound devices of personal computers, intended to produce very basic system beeps. It is only capable to play single voice of square wave without any volume or timbre control.This album reveals some hidden potential of this little device that remained pretty much unexplored due to rapid progress in the computer technology back in the day.

Besides the music itself, you can also have all the tools and project files to learn how it was made and to do something similar (follow links in the descriptions). In short, it is all done in a modern DAW, Reaper, using my custom VSTi's.
Level 14 chipist
post #107036 :: 2019.01.28 1:19pm
  Flaminglog and mk7 liēkd this
cool idea and it sounds surprisingly good
Level 25 Mixist
post #107042 :: 2019.01.28 2:49pm
Comeback of the year imo, nice to see you here again!
Awesome work. I was always thinking of making music for pc speaker, but never managed to get further writing simple synth in c. Can't wait to test it on my old pc!!
Level 10 Chipist
post #107050 :: 2019.01.28 4:04pm
  MS and mk7 liēkd this
Should also spam a bit about Planet X3 game by The 8-Bit Guy (also of The 8-Bit Keys fame). Helped him with sound code, and developed an actual MS-DOS tracker for PC Speaker with similar capabilities, as he preffered it to be the oldschool way rather than the modern DAW one. I don't know for sure, but hopefully he'll get it released to the public sometime. Here is a bit of old info (the game is out by now):
Level 13 Criticist
post #107055 :: 2019.01.29 4:43am
it's suprisingly awesome. I knew it would be good but I'm enjoying it more than I thought.
Level 10 Chipist
post #107231 :: 2019.02.07 3:16am
  funute and mk7 liēkd this
Wrote an in-depth 'making of' article:
Level 8 Playa
post #107888 :: 2019.02.18 7:52pm
These are good songs!

Do you know much about the PC speaker in the Dell Latitude you're using? It sounds high-quality, almost like the emulated kind found in modern laptops.
Level 23 Chipist
post #108088 :: 2019.02.23 10:07am
This is fucking fantastic wtf
Level 10 Chipist
post #108115 :: 2019.02.23 6:00pm
  VirtualMan liēkd this
VirtualMan, this laptop also has a sound card (ESS1888 based if I'm not mistaken, OPL3 sounds a little bit weird), and it shares the same single loudspeaker between the sound card and PC Speaker. The loudspeaker is not of great quality, but better than ones that usually would be used for a standalone PC Speaker.
Level 11 Pixelist
post #108123 :: 2019.02.24 4:01am
I read that in hackaday first and then here. What a wonderful writeup that was.
Level 8 Playa
post #108176 :: 2019.02.24 10:56pm
Thanks for the info, Shiru, and congrats on the Hackaday write-up.

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