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Development Area » The suggest new platform thread

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#1302 (8 years, 11 months ago)
Starting this thread so new platform discussion is not disapearing as most times it is only discussed in the oneliner

newest suggestions are:
X68000 - PCM8
Nintendo - NES/Famicom - Konami VRC6

The PCM8 is an hardware expansion for X68k (called Mercury Unit) and seems to be used alot.

the Konami VRC6 is an extra soundchip from Konami that comes with Castlevania 3 (japan verison).

Another idea would be as those extra soundchip of NES/Famicom games were many and was not usd in many games so maybe a generic platform for all those is better?

soundchips like VRC6, VRC7, MMC5, NAMCO106 and so on.

I dont know a good name for such a platform though? And of course there must be some info added that tells what extra soundchip is used. either in songname or info field.

For example Under the Moon uses the VRC6 soundchip (and standard NES sound).

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#1303 (8 years, 11 months ago)
I'm pretty sure the special chips used to expand the audio capabilities of the Famicom were referred to as "mappers" or, alternatively, "multi-memory controllers/memory management controllers" (hence the name MMC5). Of course, that term in itself is probably pretty ambiguous to someone not familiar with the development aspects of the NES, so how about "expansion chips" or "expansion audio" instead? Famitracker actually uses the latter term to refer to the chips, plus it's pretty self-explanatory. The Wikipedia article on NSF appears to use this terminology, as well.

If it's decided that categories should exist for each chip, take note that some songs utilize more than one expansion chip. My guess would be that a multichip category would be the most logical solution for such tracks.
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#1304 (8 years, 11 months ago)
Yes mapper is probably correct but "expansion audio" is more understandable

Another think i just thought of when you said that some songs use more than one expansion sound chip, the way platforms are categorized here so must the music be able to play on the original hardware.. in this case NES/Famicom, so saving an NSF in Famitracker that uses several soundchips makes it impossible to play on the real NES with real sound chips... now it becoms it's own format that should have it's own platform, something like "NES sound chip emulator tracker"... or... well i dont know

Famitracker is an tracker for windows so i guess music by it that dont play on a real NES should be in the Utility » PC Trackers (S3M / XM / IT / ...)
But that is nothing i prefer.

I was looking at the list of games that uses those expansion sound chip and there ar enot many, it will probably too confusive to have such platform then as it will most likely be filled with songs taht cant be played on Nintendo hardware at all.

Maybe better to mark the game songs that use VRC6 and such by just adding (VRC6) at the end of the song name.

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#2010 (2 years ago)
Thank you for sharing! This is very interesting information for me.
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