The Crackbird FM Demo
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Contents

Introduction

Demo disk released in September 1990 by the Twinsoft team.

It makes an intense usage of CompileBGM BASIC and includes several music parts and even utilities.

Most parts have support for PSG, MSX-MUSIC and MSX-AUDIO. When both FM chips are present, MSX-MUSIC is automatically selected.

Attention! You need to boot the computer while pressing the CTRL key.

Content

Title

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Before accessing the title screen, the computer asks you if you have a Music Module.

If you have the intention to use the utilities available on this disk, it is recommended to press the ESC key instead of answering Y or N to the mentioned question.

On the title screen, you have the possibility to skip the intro: press the spacebar and you will go directly to the menu.

Intro

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The intro is composed of two parts:

  • first part is in screen 8 and displays a static colored screen, followed by an animation of the 'Crackbird demo' logo and the credits
  • second part is in screen 5 and gives some indications about the musics and graphics used on this demo disk

Direct launching:

  • with MSX-MUSIC: RUN"FMDEMO-1.LDR"
  • with MSX-AUDIO (except for the static screen that uses only MSX-MUSIC): POKE-54,35:RUN"FMDEMO-1.LDR"

Menu

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Back to screen 8 for the menu. The selected palette of colors is not very nice, I think there are better combinations with the 256 colors of this screen!

One of the options of this menu allows to see (again) the intro.

Direct launching:

  • with MSX-MUSIC: RUN"FMDEMO-M.ENU"
  • with MSX-AUDIO: POKE-54,35:RUN"FMDEMO-M.ENU"

Music Demo

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An impressive picture in screen 7 with 12 musics available under the SELECT key.

Direct launching:

  • with MSX-MUSIC: RUN"FMDEMO-M.US"
  • with MSX-AUDIO: POKE-54,35:RUN"FMDEMO-M.US"

BASIC FM Songs

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A collection of MSX-MUSIC BASIC melodies (FMP files). You need to press the keys A to N.

Direct launching: RUN"FMDEMO-F.MB"

Outside the interface of this demo disk, you can run all these FMP files also on MSX1.

File Title Author Soundchips
BGM-MML1.FMP The Blue Sky RBM MSX-MUSIC
BGM-MML2.FMP Bubble Bobble RBM MSX-MUSIC + PSG
BGM-MML3.FMP FM-PAC Yeah ! RBM MSX-MUSIC
BGM-MML4.FMP MSX Won't Die RBM MSX-MUSIC + PSG
BGM-MML5.FMP Mentampin RTW Soft MSX-MUSIC
BGM-MML6.FMP Thundering Berend Schotanus MSX-MUSIC
DAARGTZE.FMP Daar Gaat Ze Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC
HURRYLOV.FMP You Can't Hurry Love Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC
INTHEAIR.FMP In The Air Tonight Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC
LAMBADA.FMP The Lambada Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC + PSG
LEITIBE.FMP Let It Be Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC
METAL.FMP Metal Battle Ernst Schuller MSX-MUSIC
SACRIFIC.FMP Sacrifice Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC + PSG
SOMEONE.FMP Someone That I Used
To Love
Richard Fielt MSX-MUSIC


Utilities

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A collection of utilities.

Most of them have been created by Crackbird, sometimes in 1988 or 1989, what seems to indicate that the Twinsoft activities have started in 1988.

To avoid interference with musical routines, it's recommended to go directly to the utilities menu - 2 solutions:

  • press ESC on the screen asking a question about the Music Module
  • enter RUN"FMDEMO-U.TIL"

It's also possible to run a specific utility without using the interface of the demo disk.

MSX-BASIC loader Title Author Generation Notes
CHNGNAME.BAS Change Disk Label  ? MSX2 Printer required
CLRSEARC.BAS Color Search  ? MSX2
DCT.LDR Disk Crack Turbo Richard Fielt MSX2 X-BASIC required
MAPPER.LDR Memory Mapper Tester Richard Fielt MSX2
MCT.LDR Mega Crack Turbo Richard Fielt MSX2 X-BASIC required
ROMPACK.SML Rompack Simulator Richard Fielt MSX1
ROMPACK.SPT Rompack Spectator Richard Fielt MSX1
SCR2SCR8.LDR Conversion screen 2
to screen 8
Richard Fielt MSX2
SCR5SCR8.LDR Conversion screen 5
to screen 8
Richard Fielt MSX2
MSX-DOS required
DISKVIEW.COM DiskView 1.1 Steven van Loef MSX2
PLUS-PIC.COM Conversion screen 12
to screen 8
Genic MSX2 It's better to use a tool
released later (SC12TO8.BAS)


Advertisements  

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An original part in screen 7 where you can see advertisements on the screen (F1 key) or create new advertisements (F2 key).

Note: No MSX-AUDIO support in this part.

Direct launching: RUN"FMDEMO-A.DVT"

The Final Blow

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This part in screens 5 and 8 is at the same time a reminiscence of the FAC demos with a Commodore computer to destroy and an attack against the same FAC.

It looks like that the FACANAFOM (Federation Against Commodore And Not Against FM-PAC Or MSX2+) was something similar to the FAF...

No direct launching for this part.

Greetings

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The final part in screen 5 with nice and naughty greetings.

Note: No MSX-AUDIO support in this part.

Direct launching: RUN"FMDEMO-G.REE"

Hidden parts

Secret Music Mode

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To access this secret music mode in screen 8, you need to

  • press CTRL+STOP on the title screen
  • enter the following password: SIMPLY THE BEST

Use the letters A to M to enjoy the different musics of this mode!

Note: MSX-AUDIO is not supported in this hidden part.

Direct launching: A$=CHR$(127):FORI=1TO6:A$=A$+A$:NEXTI:RUN"AAA2"+A$

Cheat

To access this hidden cheat program, you need to press the C key in the Utilities menu.

This program allows to play Starship Rendezvous in cheating mode.

Direct launching: A$=CHR$(127):FORI=1TO6:A$=A$+A$:NEXTI:RUN"AAAA"+A$

Credits

  • Crackbird
  • Maddog