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AMCS is alive !

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Post by qUE » Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Haha, beat me to it!

It's actually been alive for over 10 years, but hey, it's available to the public now :)

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AMCS - the Advanced Music Construction System

Realtime MIDI/Audio Music Sequencer

The Acorn Archimedes A3000 free versions are now available for download from our website - http://amcs.3rdevent.net

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Post by qUE » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:13 pm

Acorn A3000 free versions of AMCS (b17042015dt) now live, archive downloads are available on our website - http://amcs.3rdevent.net

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Post by sirbod » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:28 pm

CAUTION: Do not attempt to run any revision of AMCS on a system other than what is stated as compatible. Doing so may result in loss of data or a system failure.
What on earth is it doing to cause that? Probably a daft question based on that statement, but will the A3000 version work on an A310?

I may documentation on the EMR MIDI interface somewhere if you're interested, I can't be certain though - it's been 28 years since I was involved in the Podule driver.

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Post by qUE » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:09 pm

Jon, it's just a legal precaution because I didn't want to hear "Wah!, lost my data when I ran it on another Acorn model". I suspect the A3000 version will run on similar systems, but I don't have those systems to test it so I couldn't say for sure. You're welcome to try it although it's at your discretion ;)

I gather the EMR interface is just an ACIA IC at a certain address, if you can name the IC model and it's base address, I could probably chuck the handler together. I still won't be able to tell you if it'll work with a A310 though soz.

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Post by qUE » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:17 am

New free versions of AMCS (b11122015dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

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Post by qUE » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:40 pm

New free versions of AMCS (b25032016dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Now includes a Wondermedia 8650 compatible version.

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Post by dfeugey10 » Sun May 08, 2016 5:45 pm

Does the Wondermedia version support non Qwerty keyboards?
Do you have an eBay / Amazon reference for a compatible machine (Qwerty or not)?
I could buy one of these machines just for your software :)

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Post by qUE » Mon May 09, 2016 11:06 am

Thankyou for your interest.

Unfortunately there isn't really a need to support AZERTY keyboards since AMCS has very little text editing in it, just naming items. Also VIA never released an AZERTY version of the Netbook AFAICS.

The device this runs on is a 7 inch (800x480) WM8650 800MHz 256MB Netbook. I'm certain these devices are generic, the only major differences I've seen is on the Tablets where VIA kept changing the ADC for the Touchscreen.
However, the Netbooks are in decline of availability which is a bit on a issue for me, although AMCS for this device is pretty much as Proof of Concept as the A3000 version.
A company called Chartronics have the same devices on Amazon, but they're a little bit pricey IMO.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/7inch-Laptop-A ... B005M1Y5WG

Finally, before you rush out and buy anything for AMCS, I'll confess the free versions are crippled.
There is no filer and it has a time limit of 24 hours on it's use (to prevent just leaving the device powered by battery)

The actual product destination for the system is either an Allwinner, Rockchip or similar open bootloader Tablet. Our main problem is that everything about these Taiwanese/Chinese devices is generally undocumented and in most cases even Android/Linux functions poorly on them. This creates a huge amount of work for us reverse engineering the devices and makes releases slow to fruitation.

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Post by dfeugey10 » Mon May 09, 2016 12:03 pm

There are easy to find in France, but Azerty only. Example:
https://www.leboncoin.fr/informatique/8 ... tm?ca=12_s

Of course, I could also use it under the excellent ArchiEmu, but there is no support inside it for Midi devices (not yet).
RISC OS 5 itself has Midi support, but AMCS is not a RISC OS application :)

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Post by qUE » Mon May 09, 2016 9:00 pm

Ah well, I stand corrected on the AZERTY keyboard, I've not seen them when I've researched availability of the Netbooks in general, but then if the generic faux leather usb keyboards come in AZERTY then it's no surprise really.

Can quite happily release a version with the QW, AZ, etc. keys swapped around, since the AZERTY layout will effect the "Virtual Piano". But we can't support any special key combinations or Accents I'm afraid.

I haven't tried ArchiEmu personally (I don't have the hardware), I've got AMCS partially working in Arculator but not Red Squirrel, again like you said a lack of MIDI output and the performance is dire on any of my old PCs :)

If you do decide to take the plunge and buy an AZERTY netbook, will add it to the to do release list. Sure I can find a keyboard map online somewhere :)

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Post by dfeugey10 » Tue May 10, 2016 5:47 am

If you do decide to take the plunge and buy an AZERTY netbook, will add it to the to do release list. Sure I can find a keyboard map online somewhere
I put that on my buying list :)
I haven't tried ArchiEmu personally (I don't have the hardware)
https://www.riscos.fr/raspberrypie.html

IMHO, an adaptation of AMCS to ArchiEmu would deserve a Pi. The Pi Model B is too slow for ARM3 emulation, but OK for ARM2 (under ArchiEmu). Rick Murray provides a module for USB Midi interfaces on RISC OS 5. Just need a link between ArchiEmu and the ROS5 Midi capabilities. ArchiEmu is delivered with a Basic tool that provides ROS <-> ArchiEmu communication. Perhaps it could be used (with some rewrite) to access native Midi from AMCS?

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Post by qUE » Tue May 10, 2016 9:12 pm

Unfortunately Emulators and Development Boards like the Pi won't be supported at all, because ultimately it would be going backwards from self contained portable devices; ARM Netbooks and Tablets.

Whilst I appreciate the work being done on Pi and RISC OS, etc. it's not a platform for reliable and professional use. We would end up with far more support comeback than literally what route we've taken at the moment (proprietary OS), otherwise we would've chosen Linux to cover more hardware. But like I've stated before, even Linux support for real-time application is dire on ARM devices IMO. I'd be quite willing to show an Acorn A3000 completely obliterate a simple MIDI Sample Player Application on an Allwinner >1GHz Tablet with Android at the London Show :)

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Post by qUE » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:52 am

Sorry for being a bit slack on announcements;


New free versions of AMCS (b25112016dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Now includes a Wondermedia 8850 compatible versions.

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Post by qUE » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:06 pm

New free versions of AMCS (b03032017dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the official website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Now includes compatibility for the Acorn A3020 computer (with 100Hz capable display).

Also check out music and mixes made with our technologies >>> www.invertedlightsource.com

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Post by qUE » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:33 am

New free versions of AMCS (b16062017dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Tutorial videos are also available on the official website and social media pages.

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Post by Zarchos » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:40 am

qUE wrote:New free versions of AMCS (b16062017dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Tutorial videos are also available on the official website and social media pages.
Upload them to YT please : it is good for the machines fame and to have more people join our community of enthusiasts ...
Be proud, show your work to the world ;-)
You will have much more visibility for your great product.
You want people to use is, don't you ?

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Post by qUE » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:28 pm

Zarchos wrote:
qUE wrote:New free versions of AMCS (b16062017dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Tutorial videos are also available on the official website and social media pages.
Upload them to YT please : it is good for the machines fame and to have more people join our community of enthusiasts ...
Be proud, show your work to the world ;-)
You will have much more visibility for your great product.
You want people to use is, don't you ?
Ahead of you there :)

062017q is up, but the other is blocked atm for being ~2 minutes over the limit :(

http://www.vimeo.com/channels/1258352
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqoF82MhvgtjAD6vrAHk1AQ

(screen view is the A3000 btw)


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EDIT: Sorted, first Tutorial is currently on Vimeo
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Post by Zarchos » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:32 pm

=D>
If you could have the name Archimedes and or Acorn in the title that'd be great ...

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Post by qUE » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:33 pm

Zarchos wrote:=D>
If you could have the name Archimedes and or Acorn in the title that'd be great ...
Unfortunately YT limits the length of the title. But it is mentioned in the description, since having a sequencer like AMCS running on 8MHz is really good for the embedded angle of the system.

Also parallel developing for the Archimedes helps keep the system grounded to efficency and prevents using extra CPU functions which will likely get depreciate in future, I've seen it happen too many times and infact Acorn computers were part of that, as the latest AMCS is a complete recode to detach reliance from the Archimedes platform, thankfully ARM still exists and we have new hardware alternatives.

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Post by qUE » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:38 am

AMCS - the Advanced Music Construction System (amcs.3rdevent.net) prototypes and many classic synthesisers will be shown on Saturday 22nd July, the Synthesized exhibition at the Centre of Computing History, Cambridge CB1 3EW.
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... -July-2017

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Post by qUE » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:44 pm

New free versions of AMCS (b20102017dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Prototype systems (Acorn Archimedes A3000 & Wondermedia ARM Netbooks) will be shown @ www.riscoslondonshow.co.uk - Saturday 28th October. #Music #Production #Live #Studio #MIDI #Sequencer #AMCS #ARM #Acorn #RISCOSLondonShow

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Post by qUE » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:55 am

New free versions of AMCS (b16022018dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the official website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Now with multiple USB-MIDI interface routing and, various tweaks and fixes. Also hear this version tested live this month on our invertedlightsource radio show - https://www.facebook.com/events/193624107885326

https://www.facebook.com/AdvancedMusicC ... tionSystem

#DEDICATED #EMBEDDED #REALTIME #MULTITASKING #MUSIC #PRODUCTION #MIDI #AUDIO #SYNTH #SEQUENCER #WORKSTATION #OS

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Post by qUE » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:47 pm

New free versions of AMCS (b10082018dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the official website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Also hear this version tested live this month on our invertedlightsource radio show - https://www.facebook.com/events/646184709089270

https://www.facebook.com/AdvancedMusicC ... tionSystem

#DEDICATED #EMBEDDED #REALTIME #MULTITASKING #MUSIC #PRODUCTION #MIDI #AUDIO #SYNTH #SEQUENCER #WORKSTATION #OS

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Post by qUE » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:37 pm

New free versions of AMCS (b15022019dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the official website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Just in time for the RISC OS South-West Show where you can see different AMCS systems working with various MIDI instruments - www.riscos-swshow.co.uk

Native support for the Behringer X-Touch in Mackie Mode added for the USB capable versions, and various improvements and fixes.

https://www.facebook.com/AdvancedMusicC ... tionSystem

#DEDICATED #EMBEDDED #REALTIME #MULTITASKING #MUSIC #PRODUCTION #MIDI #AUDIO #SYNTH #SEQUENCER #WORKSTATION #OS

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Post by qUE » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:10 pm

It's that time again when we announce an update release;

New free versions of AMCS (b11102019dt) MIDI/audio sequencer, now available for download from the official website >>> amcs.3rdevent.net

Added dual display support for HDMI on the Wondermedia 8850.
Improved support with USB mice for devices that have USB.
Various very small tweaks and fixes.

We'll be at the RISC OS London Show with all the usual prototypes (including the Archimedes), bits of our music studio kit and a new full product (which the next post will explain) - www.riscoslondonshow.co.uk

And if you can't make the show but you're in Bristol, you're welcome to come and chat to the core developer (me) of AMCS about the vertical mountain of work it's taken to get from a RISC OS BASIC program on the A3000 to a full OS for newer ARM hardware, still compiled in BBC BASIC assembler on RISC OS 3, at the BRU user group - www.riscository.com/calendar

#DEDICATED #EMBEDDED #REALTIME #MULTITASKING #MUSIC #PRODUCTION #MIDI #AUDIO #SYNTH #SEQUENCER #WORKSTATION #OS


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Post by qUE » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:31 pm

This isn't directly Acorn related, but definitely ARM related. And I'm putting this here incase anyone makes music with Tracker or any step sequencer and/or will like to own a full AMCS system (please spread the word as we're not some huge corporation with pots of cash and a dedicated marketing dept.).

The specifications of AMCS are still extreme even compared to the offerings of much more established manufacturers. The new devices are based on the VIA APC8750 with absolutely no support of VIA, AMCS is not running on any existing OSes or using any existing drivers, it is a complete development from the ground up, hence why it's pretty bulletproof.

But, unfortunately we can only offer our latest product to the UK, bad experiences with various couriers have made us cautious with such a small production run.

Anyway, our cheesy promo follows :)

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AMCS - the Advanced Music Construction System - WW7 workstation



3rd Event Technologies are proud to announce;

The new Advanced Music Construction System - WW7 workstation.


AMCS is a dedicated music production system targeted at live performance.

It is unique and features;

256 poly-loop tracks with up to 256 steps of MIDI and CD-quality audio.

Mixing with 256 customisable presets mapped to tactile controllers.

Instrument routing and stacking with extensive control of the MIDI architecture.

Everything can be used during live performances.

And much more.



The system is tough and lightweight, has a quick power up, no cooling requirement and is suitable for touring.

Supplied with a touchpad keyboard, MIDI interface and 4 gigabytes of removable storage.



Limited stock available at a reasonable price.

Please check the official website for more details and how to purchase; http://amcs.3rdevent.net/upgrade.htm

Any queries, please contact us via e-mail at contact@3rdevent.net


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