The Early AdLib and Sound Blaster Music

This blog post contains my early AdLib music from 1991-93. Most of it are conversions from SID tunes on the Commodore 64. These were painstakingly transferred using a basic converter program, after which I had to spread arpeggio chords into real channel chords since AdLib had three times as many channels as the SID chip did. In some cases I even added a tenth Sound Blaster channel with sampled drums.

The editing was mostly done directly in the assembler listings except for a few of my own test tunes which was done in a prototype music editor that would eventually become EdLib. You won’t need an emulator plugin to play the tunes – they have all been saved as MP3 for easy listening.

The Alibi (AdLib)
March 1992 C64
Converted from Laxity’s original C64 tune. This is the standard AdLib version.

The Alibi (Sound Blaster)
March 1992 C64
Converted from Laxity’s original C64 tune. This version features a tenth channel with digi drums.

Colgate – Title Music
December 1991
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune composed for the game.

Colgate – Hiscore Tune
December 1991
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune composed for the game.

Colgate – Jingle #1
December 1991
Converted from Drax’s original C64 jingle composed for the game.

Colgate – Jingle #1
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Converted from Drax’s original C64 jingle composed for the game.

Colgate – Bonus Music
January 1992
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune composed for the game.

Crooner (AdLib)
June 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune. This is the standard AdLib version.

Crooner (Sound Blaster)
June 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune. This version features a tenth channel with digi drums.

Film Zak
August 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune.

Gone…
January 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune.

Gorgeous
July 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune. Features a tenth channel with digi drums.

Hugo 2 (Congratulations)
December 1991
This end tune was originally composed by Thomas Engell for the Amiga version.

Instrument Test #8
November 1993
An instrument test with an interesting bass drum.

Phase
December 1993
Another crude instrument test.

Platest
February 1992
A very simple player test.

Rolling
June 1992 C64
Converted from Drax’s original C64 tune.

Star Dream
May 1992 C64
Converted from Laxity’s original C64 tune.

Strike Force
February 1992 C64
Converted from my own version of the Strike Force theme on the C64.

Synchro
February 1992
Another test tune.

Most of the AdLib tunes have been saved as MP3 using the Ganbatte! .D00 Player plugin v1.1 for XMPlay 3.8.2 with the LAME encoder installed. Some of the oldest tunes, such as the Colgate tunes, the congratulations tune for Hugo 2 as well as Synchro, were taken from the old Vibrants web site that no longer exists.

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