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11. November 2008 - C64 News
HVSC Update #49 released
Steppe wrote:
Another 1000+ tunes make their way into one of the biggest and surely the best-tended chiptune collection on this planet. The total tune count is boosted to 36.081 tunes!

After this update, the collection should contain 36,081 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
1059 new SIDs
54 fixed/better rips
2 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
10 repeats/bad rips eliminated
431 SID credit fixes
232 SID model/clock infos
9 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified
40 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers' directories
14 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers' directories

For the full text of the update, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


25. July 2008 - C64 News
VICE Version 2.0 released
Changes in VICE 2.0:

General:
VICE development has moved to public services:
http://sf.net/projects/vice-emu
You can read the latest development in the Subversion repository, file bug reports, and similar things. Check it out!

C64/C128 changes:
- Improved $01 behaviour with regards to unused bit fall-off.
- New experimental NEOS and Amiga mouse support.
- Added a working RTC to the emulation of the IDE64 cartridge.
- New more precise PAL emulation, works only with double size and double scan.
- Added support for the Action Replay 4 and StarDos cartridges.
- Improved REU compatibility
- Fixed CPU timing bug introduced in 1.22 (demo "Borderless").
- Fixed bugs in the CIA emulation (demo "So-phisticated", W. Lorenz testsuite).
- Fixed various bugs in VIC-II emulation: Sprite x-positioning, Latch X/Y, video mode changes, DEN bit handling, raster IRQ, NTSC sprites and sprites in full/debugging border mode (list of fixed demos/games too long to mention here).
- RESTORE key is handled differently now, fixing an NMI bug because the NMI was asserted too long before.


For the full text of the update, please read here.

VICE is a program that executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C128, the VIC20, almost all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610).


10. March 2008 - C64 News
HVSC Update #48 released
Steppe wrote:
After this update, the collection should contain 35,030 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
918 new SIDs
42 fixed/better rips
0 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
12 repeats/bad rips eliminated
370 SID credit fixes
101 SID model/clock infos
11 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified :-)
37 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers' directories
15 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers' directories

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


09. June 2007 - C64 News
HVSC Update #47 released
Steppe wrote:
After this update, the collection should contain 34,127 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
1127 new SIDs
19 fixed/better rips
8 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
8 repeats/bad rips eliminated
773 SID credit fixes
700 tunes assigned a sidmodel flag
15 UNKNOWN demo tunes identified
29 UNKNOWN game tunes identified

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


22. January 2007 - C64 News
HVSC Update #46 released
Steppe wrote:
After this update, the collection should contain 33,000 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
1014 new SIDs
71 fixed/better rips
2 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
13 repeats/bad rips eliminated
664 SID credit fixes
160 tunes assigned a sidmodel flag
24 UNKNOWN demo tunes identified

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


18. April 2006 - C64 News
HVSC Update #45 released
Steppe wrote:
After this update, the collection should contain 32,000 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
663 new SIDs
1004 fixed/better rips
11 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
8 repeats/bad rips eliminated
466 SID credit fixes
135 SID model/clock infos
17 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified :-)
10 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers' directories
7 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers' directories

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


04. April 2006 - C64 News
CCS64 V3.0 BETA 1.9 released
A new beta version of this great C64 Emulator for Windows was released. Here is what´s new:
Adjusted the volume level for the sample voice when SID Filter is active.
Connected the SID Filter emulation to the Filter Parameters in the menu.
Added possibility to tilt the screen 90, 180 or 270 degrees, in all screen modes.

CCS64 is a Commodore 64 Emulator for PC and also in the future other platforms.


04. April 2006 - C64 News
SIDPlay/SIDPlug for Mac OS X released
SIDPlug 1.1 for Mac OS X released
The new version of the browser plug-in includes support for Intel-based Macs. But the download is also highly recommended for PowerPC users, since the plug-in has been completely rewritten from scratch and all known crash bugs have been fixed. Also includes some enhancements from SIDPLAY (the new oscilloscope rendering), and clicking into the plug-in area pauses the music. It has been tested on Safari, Firefox and Camino. Support for Camino is PowerPC-only, as a bug in Camino for Intel currently prevents SIDPlug from working correctly. Support for Internet Explorer has been dropped.

SIDPLAY 3.4 for Mac OS X released
This version adds support for Intel-based Macs (Universal Binary) and integrates Spotlight search on Mac OS X 10.4. A Spotlight plug-in is built into SIDPLAY, allowing you not only to search but also to create smart folders of SID files. To round this off, it also includes a bunch of bug fixes and small usability improvements.

SIDPLAY is a Commodore 64 music player. It emulates the sound chip and other internals of the Commodore 64 home computer to play back music that was originally written on it.


03. April 2006 - C64 News
Play C64 games at c64games.com
Rasputin wrote:
We have implemented JaC64 to C64games.com and you will be able to play 12 games online in your webbrowser.

Check it out at: http://www.c64games.com/inbrows.html

Get all your questions answered on C64-emulation at the C64 Revival Pages!


11. March 2006 - C64 News
New game: The Castle Of Madness
ByteMaster wrote:
A new c64 adventure game has been released!
Click here to download the great game: TCOM.D64
To visist the developers website click here: www.cache64.com

The Castle of Madness is a new text/graphic adventure for the Commodore 64.


02. February 2006 - site update
Game downloads disabled!
This site will be under maintenance - stay tuned.
The game downloads are disabled for the time being, because I will only offer games for download with permission of the programmer/copyright owner!

I´m always searching for free games, demos, tools to add to this page. Just contact me (Poison) if you can help.


25. December 2005 - C64 News
Star Commander 0.83.20 BETA released
Changes in SC 0.83.20 beta since SC 0.82:
  • Mod: The "Change drive" dialog box does not spin up floppy disk drive(s) under Windows NT/2000/XP, during the detection of available drive letters.
  • Mod: As the parallel port mode cannot be reliably detected under Windows NT/2000/XP, the warning about using an XP1541/XP1571 parallel cable on an SPP parallel port is not displayed anymore.
  • Mod: "File info" recognizes more of the standard load addresses of BASIC programs for various Commodore machines.
  • New: Command line options, except for "/cmd", are also available in the external setup program, SCSETUP.EXE.
  • New: Mouse wheel up/down acts as Cursor Up/Down, when CuteMouse - or any DOS Wheel API-compatible mouse driver - is installed.
  • New: The new "SafeAll" and "SafeUsed" values for "Detect port modes" skip port mode detection under Windows NT/2000/XP, to avoid delays and crashes of the DOS shell, but work exactly as "All" and "Used" under other operating systems.
Changes in SC 0.83.20 beta since previous SC 0.83 betas:
  • Mod: Beta versions expire six months, rather than three months, after their release.

The Star Commander is a DOS-based transfer and conversion software for Commodore files.



25. December 2005 - C64 News
High Voltage SID Collection v44 is out
Steppe wrote:
Merry Christmas from the HVSC Crew!
600+ new sidtunes and a batch of 87 fixes just dropped from Santa Claus' reindeer sleigh, fell through the massive data chimney right onto the HVSC servers. We swear we have nothing to do with it this time, blame Santa! ;-) We also have another nice christmas themed HVSC Update Intro for you, with exclusive graphics and music by JSL and Intensity. Magnificient code again done by Inge. No DYCP, though - sorry. For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.



31. October 2005 - C64 News
Update of C64 revival pages
Rasputin wrote:
Hi there, just wanted to let you know that the C64 revival pages are dusted off..... changed the navigation controls, rewrote large parts of the content, added / updated links, et cetera.

Enjoy!
  http://www.c64games.com/int-c64r.html

Get all your questions answered on C64-emulation at the C64 Revival Pages!



29. September 2005 - C64 News
High Voltage SID Collection Update 43 released
Steppe wrote:
Hello fellow lover of SID music!

HVSC Update #43 is now available for you to download at www.hvsc.c64.org

After this update, the collection should contain 30,743 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
759 new SIDs
19 fixed/better rips
7 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
24 repeats/bad rips eliminated
500+ SID credit fixes
600+ SID model/clock infos
24 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified :-)
34 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers' directories
5 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers' directories

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.


The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


08. August 2005 - Page update
Willow Party 2005 Pictures
Here are some snapshots from the Willow Party 2005. It was a really fantastic event and I will come back again to Willow 2006 next year.

Willow Party is a scene demo party for the classic Commodore computers, mainly the legendary Commodore C64/C128. The party was organized by DoD, Floyd and Scorpe of Willow, a C64 scene group, founded by Floyd and Cosmo back in 1996.


14. June 2005 - C64 News
High Voltage SID Collection Update 42 released
Steppe wrote:
Hello fellow lover of SID music!

HVSC Update #42 is now available for you to download.

After this update, the collection should contain 30,001 SID files!

This update features (all approximates):
943 new SIDs
211 fixed/better rips
3 fixes of PlaySID/Sidplay1 specific SIDs
7 repeats/bad rips eliminated
400 SID credit fixes
472 SID model/clock infos
3 tunes from /DEMOS/UNKNOWN/ identified :-)
216 tunes moved out of /DEMOS/ to their composers' directories
85 tunes moved out of /GAMES/ to their composers' directories

We've got the music compo entries from the following parties in this pack:
Tiny SID Compo, Breakpoint 2005, Deadline 2007, Floppy 2005, Forever Hex, Maximum Overdose 6.

What's more:
HVSC Update Intro #42 , again coded by Inge Pedersen and with an exclusive tune by Jeff.
Complete songlength database included

For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.


The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


01. June 2005 - C64 news
Buy Back in Time Lite/Retrovision Tickets
Chris Abbott wrote:
September 10th/11th 2005, Manchester a C64 music live concert and retro-inspired gaming, all fuelled by alchol, llamas and kick-ass PA

* Back in Time Live DVD Launch
* Makke CD Launch
* Stuck in D'80s unplugged concert, and Octave "I'll play this time" Sounds
* Huge big Outrun 2 dual plasma setup
* Gaming from Commodore to Xbox all weekend
* Inexplicably large numbers of inflatable sheep

Tickets £14.99 (Saturday/Sunday), £9.99 (Saturday), must be prebooked. Follow this link to reserve your place...

Back in Time Lite is a C64 music live gig and retro-inspired gaming.


09. May 2005 - C64 News
Alltime C64 Games Top 50 final update
Rasputin wrote:
And there it is.... the final update of the Alltime C64 Games Top 50!
With 597 contributions, the definitive number one is determined!
Check it out at: http://www.c64games.com/1-10.html

The Alltime C64 games Top 50 is the ultimate effort to determine the 50 best Commodore 64 games ever.



06. April 2005 - C64 News
Protovision April update
MacGyver wrote:

NEW METAL DUST TRAILER
Go and get the new METAL DUST Trailer with exclusive music by Markus Siebold.

TANKS 3000 PREVIEW
A playable demo of our new game TANKS 3000 is also available and can be downloaded here.

NEW PRICELIST
There is a new pricelist (04/05) available, featuring the new MMC64 - the MMC- and SD-card interface for the C64.

NEW BANK ACCOUNT
We have a new bank account!

For bank transfers (Germany):
Bank Institute: 51540037, Commerzbank Wetzlar
Bank Account: Oliver Foerster, 480964601

EU-Bank Transfer (Europe):
IBAN DE32 5154 0037 0480 9646 01
BIC/SWIFT: COBADEFFXXX

http://www.protovision-online.de/

Protovision is the biggest active game development crew on the C64. They also distribute hardware.


02. March 2005 - Page update
Downloads available again
All downloads are back, but I removed the games from First Star Software. I want to thank all my visitors for all your emails and helping offers while the game section was down.

I strongly recommend to any of you who have games by Odin & Thor or First Star Software hosted on your C64 sites to remove them.


23. February 2005 - C64 News
Protovision update
MacGyver wrote:

METAL DUST
The translation of its manual has finally been completed now. Proof- reading was done by TMR whose native language is English. The layout for the manual is also finished. Now the colour settings for printing are beeing made.
Milo recently tested Metal Dust on an NTSC C64 and it ran very well, minus a few gliches in the last end bosses, but that is what they expected.
Shaun Bebbington was given an advanced copy to review for "Micro Mart" and "Retro Gamer". You can find the Micro Mart review here.
More on the Retro Gamer review below.

The Metal Dust section at the Protovision homepage was updated. Check out the photos of the Metal Dust box at its ordering page. Feel free to update your order with your current information and whether you would like the Limited Boxed Version or the Standard disk-only one.

PROTOVISION SWEATSHIRT
The changing seasons bring new fashions around the world, so why not be a trend-setter by getting hold of our new stylish Protovision sweatshirts? It comes in high quality flock print, and in a variety of colours! For photos visit the Protovision Online Shop.

PROTOVISION AT RETRO GAMER
METAL DUST recieved a 1/2 page review by Shaun Bebbington in issue eleven! (Overall: 92%).
Furthermore, our forthcoming new game JIM SLIM was first mentioned in the Retro Round Up news section in issue ten. More information to follow soon. Protovision´s game advertisement was published on a colored 1/4 page in Retro Gamer issues 10 and 11!

PRICELIST UPDATED
There is also a new pricelist (01/05) available, you can find it here.

Protovision is the biggest active game development crew on the C64. They also distribute hardware.


23. February 2005 - Page update
Downloads temporarily disabled
I was forced to temporarily disable the games section and I had to remove games from Odin and Thor software company. Because I don´t want to destroy anybody´s business, I will now check which games are still offered by various companies and remove them.

I strongly recommend to any of you who have Odin & Thor games hosted on your C64 sites to remove them.


01. February 2005 - C64 News
VICE 1.16 released
Changes in VICE 1.16:
Improved accuracy of 65xx processor core emulation.
Added support for idle traps to 1551 emulation.
Fixed crash using REU emulation.
A timing problem has been fixed using old NTSC mode.
Some stupid char ROM display bug has been fixed.

For a full list of changes visit this site: http://www.viceteam.org/plain/NEWS

VICE is a program that runs and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers.


30. January 2005 - C64 News
High Voltage SID Collection Update 41 released
Steppe wrote:
1400 new SIDs in this update. Enjoy!
Oh, did I mention we have a real HVSC updatetro this time?
Inge Pedersen took the time to pixel, convert and code, and Agemixer donated an exclusive tune.
The result can be found here.

Get the update here: zip file (3.2MB) rar file (2.6MB), for the full archive or to download single files visit this site.
For the full text of the update announcement, please read here.

The High Voltage SID Collection (HVSC) is a freeware hobby project which organises Commodore 64 music (also known as SID music) into an archive for both musicians and fans alike.


27. January 2005 - C64 News
c64.org down!
Slaygon wrote:
Today, the shell machine died, leaving all shell users without their home pages. Also, the SLAY Radio home pages went down in the process. Follow the story here.

c64.org is a portal for different websites.


23. January 2005 - C64 News
Star Commander 0.83.18 beta released
Changes in Star Commander 0.83.18 beta since SC 0.82:
Fix: The "Attribute" function could not change the date stamps of files under Windows XP.
Src: The source package does not include the (modified) source of Turbo Vision, Borland Pascal's user interface, anymore, only the compiled units and object files plus patch files that convert the original Turbo Vision source files into their modified form.

The Star Commander is a DOS-based transfer and conversion software for Commodore files


22. January 2005 - C64 News
Alltime C64 Games Top 50 project will be finalised
Rasputin wrote:
The Alltime C64 Games Top 50 project will be finalised in two weeks!
This is a call to the entire C64 community to submit as much opinions as possible on the best Commodore 64 games ever. Go here to submit your vote: http://www.c64games.com/con-fr.html In two weeks, contributions will be halted and the FINAL Top 50 will be calculated & presented on c64games.com

The Alltime C64 games Top 50 is the ultimate effort to determine the 50 best Commodore 64 games ever.



01. September 2004 - Page update
Willow Party 2004 Pictures
Here are some of my photos from the Willow Party 2004. It was a really fantastic event and I will come back again to Willow 2005 next year.

Willow Party is a scene demo party for the classic Commodore computers, mainly the legendary Commodore C64/C128. The party is organized each year by Willow, a C64 scene group, founded by Floyd and Cosmo back in 1996.

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