FAC Music Disk 1
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Contents

Introduction

FAC Music disk 1
(with FM Music interface)

Music disk published in December 1990 by the FAC team. It is part of the FAC Soundtracker 1 package.

It does not have an interface and if you don't use FAC Soundtracker, Pro Tracker, Studio FM, MIDI Blaster or the FM Music interface, the musical files can be used on MSX1.

Content

It contains 13 songs written in the FAC Soundtracker 1 format. Most of them can be played with MSX-MUSIC or MSX-AUDIO, but 3 songs are only for MSX-AUDIO.

Song (MUS) Drumkit (SM1/2) Title Composer Notes
CHASE CHASE The Chase - Morodor John van Poelgeest
ELECTRIC ELECTRIC Electricity John van Poelgeest
INFINITY INFINITY Infinity Hayo Rubingh
MIAMI MIAMI Miami John van Poelgeest
MOZART MOZART Ode to Amadeus John van Poelgeest
RENDEZ4 RENDEZ4 Rendez-Vous 4 John van Poelgeest
SF-2 SF2 Synthesizer SF-2 Erik Duijs
SINT SINT Sint-esizer Medley John van Poelgeest
SINTELMO SINTELMO St. Elmo's Fire John van Poelgeest Only for MSX-AUDIO
SPACE SPACE Space Invaders Erik Duijs Only for MSX-AUDIO
SWIFTBAS SWIFTBAS Swiftbass Erik Duijs Only for MSX-AUDIO
SYNTH-PL SYNTH-PL Synth Pleasure Erik Duijs
TAKETHIS TAKETHIS Move Your Feet To
The Rhythm Of The Acid
FAC


Usage

How to play these musics in FAC Soundtracker 1?

  • press F6, then L to load a song
  • press F8 to load the appropriate drumkit for MSX-AUDIO
  • go back to FAC Soundtracker
  • optionally use SELECT to toggle between MSX-AUDIO and MSX-MUSIC
  • press F1, then RETURN 2 times to play the song

Is it possible to play these musics in FAC Soundtracker 2?

Generally yes. In case of problem, especially the "Illegal user" message, convert the MUS file with the Soundtracker Conversion V1 to V2 utility (FSTV1-V2.BAS) created by Twinsoft.

How to play these musics in Pro-Tracker?

  • run the application by selecting "Program" in the menu (original version) or entering BLOAD"PTPROGRM.BIN",R (files version)
  • press CRTL+X or CTRL+SELECT to toggle between MSX-AUDIO and MSX-MUSIC
  • press CRTL+S to load a song
  • press F2 to play the song
  • if you have choosen MSX-AUDIO, it will sound differently because Pro Tracker is optimised for MSX-MUSIC (6 melodic channels) and does not have support for samples

How to play these musics in Studio FM (PSG + MSX-MUSIC)?

  • select the Disk option in the main menu
  • select Load data
  • select Load snd-tracker
  • choose a MUS file with the cursors and load it with RETURN
  • press ESC to go back to the main menu
  • select Sequence editor
  • press F1 to play the song, it will sound slightly different, as PSG is combined with MSX-MUSIC for the drums

Note: this tool is only for the files in FAC Soundtracker 1 format (or the Studio FM data of course)

How to play these musics in stereo (MSX-AUDIO + MSX-MUSIC)?

First note that some songs are optimised for one of the soundchips (and that the coder has not choosen the best instruments for the other chip) - in this case, avoid to play them in stereo!

  • You can use STL 2.11 created by C.S.I and E.M.P.
  • You can use Trackplayer 2.1 created by Patrick Kramer
  • You can also use the 'Awesome Compilation Disk Creator' (*) to convert the songs in the Moonsoft format and use the features of this utility to create a stereo compilation disk
  • You can also use the great graphic loader FM Music (*) available on Future Magazine 7 or Future Magazine 8 by adapting the SONGDIR.COM file
  • You can optionally use the options "Load FST-Song" and "Load FST-Drumkit" of Moonblaster, but the converted music can sometimes sound slightly different from the original FST music

(*) this tool is only for the files in FAC Soundtracker 1 format

How to play these musics with a BASIC loader?

  • Check the BASIC.BAS and PROGRAM files provided on the first disk of the FAC Soundtracker 1 package

Notes:

  • BASIC.BAS uses the files FIND.SYS (detection of the required hardware) and FST.BIN (music driver). The best option is an adapted loader with all the files on the same disk.
  • To get a stereo sound (MSX-AUDIO + MSX-BASIC), replace FST.BIN by STL2.BIN (driver used in STL 2.11)

How to play these musics using MIDI?

  • You need to use MIDI Blaster, that has support only for the MIDI interface of the Philips NMS 1205 Music Module:
    • press F6 to load a FAC Soundtracker 1 song
    • define the MIDI channels for each instrument
    • press F1 to play the song

Note: for more settings, see the Help screen with F5 - You can get a stero effect by combining MSX-AUDIO and MIDI

How to use these musics as background for other applications?

  • You can use the driver REPLAY.BIN created by Albert Huitsing
  • You can optionally convert them to the Studio FM (*) format and use the driver SFMDRV1.BIN or SFMDRV2.BIN, but the music will sound slightly different, as PSG is combined with MSX-MUSIC for the drums and Studio FM does not support MSX-AUDIO
  • You can also convert them to the Pro-Tracker format and use the driver PT_DRIVE.BIN, but the music will generally sound different with MSX-AUDIO, as this tool is optimised for MSX-MUSIC (6 melodic channels) and does not have support for samples

(*) this tool is only for the files in FAC Soundtracker 1 format (or the Studio FM data of course)