Loading programs/games to ZXDB

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Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by yang » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:38 am

Hello,

A beginner's question - If I have the MC Cassette with the program that hasn't been entered in the ZXDB yet, how do I proceed converting the Cassette sound into correct formats (TZX) and start uploading it's content? Is there a way to record and transcode the audio by using GNU/Linux with Audacity software or similar? Could you point me to some URL/thread covering this topic or please explain the procedure?

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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by PeterJ » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:25 pm

Thanks for the question.

The best way is to record the audio as you say and pop it on Dropbox or similar. Emulators such as Spectaculator allow you to load from an audio source which one of us can do for you.

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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by yang » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:41 pm

Thank you for the answer, Peter.
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by hikoki » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:38 pm

Audio2Tape ( Fuse-Utils )
after recording with one of these walkman tape converters :?:
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by Ralf » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:09 pm

You can record the audio with any general sound editor like the Audiacity that you mention. But you won't convert it to .tzx with Audiacity.

For converting your recording you will new a specialised tool.

There are a few available ones but the most popular one seems to be MakeTzx. And if you use it, you can't actually skip the stage with Audiacity as it will record and convert the sound for you at the same time.

See this link, it seems quite detailed:
https://timwolverson.wordpress.com/2016 ... tzx-files/
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by PeterJ » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:22 pm

hikoki wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:38 pm
Audio2Tape ( Fuse-Utils )
after recording with one of these walkman tape converters :?:
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Just an old mono tape deck from back in the day, which you probably already have, is fine, rather than spending out on.more stuff.
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by hikoki » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:02 pm

To be honest, I don't know how this 15$ Super usb cassette capture works. I think it can save in WAV format right on a flash memory that you plug into the device, without having to use the PC and Audacity. So the process could be as simple as passing every wav through the fuse-utils tool.

Edit:

I was wrong, this model needs Audacity. There is another model called Ezcap230 which saves in MP3 right into a thumb memory. This video compares both models:
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Both look like a bit awful so probably you should stay away from them :)
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by yang » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:36 am

@hikoki - These walkmans might be worth trying out with audacity (will see about quality), unless I am still able to find an old analogue walkman.

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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by hikoki » Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:18 am

It's up to you to try the gizmo. It doesn't look like durable :)

Useful advices to work with Audacity

PZX seems to be simpler than TZX so why don't try @fred's WAV2PZX ?
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Re: Loading programs/games to ZXDB

Post by yang » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:09 am

Just a warning for those who might be interested to order the Walkman "Tape to iPod/mp3 CD USB cassette capture converter audio music player", I haven't received it yet after one month and delivery status says "confiscated at the border", I assume because of the iPod/mp3 licensing issues...? I ordered one from DXGATE.COM
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