Re: Hi-res on the PET

From: Rhialto <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 11:52:54 +0100
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On Wed 23 Dec 2009 at 22:09:35 -0500, M H Stein wrote:
> Sorry, Steve, all I've got is the listing in the catalogue which doesn't 
> tell you anything you don't already know; it's an 8-bit D-A converter 
> with a "quality 6-pole low pass filter and half-watt audio amplifier."
> There were also a couple of 4-voice music packages and several 
> demo tapes and disks; maybe Jack's got some more info.

If I can get a nice collection of players and songs, I might be able to
whip up an emulation. Hopefully they all use essentially the same D/A
conversion setup.

I recall seeing some player like that which included the "Dueling
Banjos" song, which impressed me a lot. It may have been called "Petunia
Player", but I'm not 100% sure. Does Anyone know? The program showed
bars and notes on the screen, not unlike the ads for Visible Music
Monitor in Compute!. (If you wonder why I keep refering to ads in
Compute!, it is because scans are available on-line. I also have some
hardcopies. There is one such ad in Compute! #11, page 64).

In fact, looking through Ruud's disk images, on disk PBE-45A.D64 I find
something called "petunia 1.1" and 2.1 (but nothing resembling songs),
and on disk VMON303B.D64 I find "vmon for 4040".

The latter program shows that it is made by "A B Computers", the company
of the VMM ad I mention above. There are a bunch of songs but they are
numbered, not named, so I can't tell if this is the collection I
remember. I also haven't figured out how to operate the program fully

If anyone has more, I'd love to know about it.
___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert    -- You author it, and I'll reader it.
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