THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUND CHIPS - VOLUME 1: 1977-1981

Chris Abbott, Andrew Laggan

 

So what is this little book? Well, it's a 15.5cm square, hardback, interactive gallery book that's small enough to carry around and is 326 full-colour pages. It's got easy-to-read sections on the sound chips in the arcades, consoles and home micros and consoles and coin-ops. The plan is to release 4 volumes in total - this crowdfunding is for Volume that covers 1977-1981 chips and games from 1977 to the mid-90s, with Midway's classic coin-ops such as NARC looking pretty.

It's packed with fun facts and beautiful screenshots from games east and west, all linked to YouTube through QR codes and hyperlinks. Find your favourites and hear the arcade OST (for instance, Spy Hunter!) or discover hidden treasures! Volume 1 is ready to print - once the target has been hit, off to Spain it will go!!

Volume 1 - 1977 - 1981


(1977) Atari TIA (Television Interface Adaptor) (Atari VCS/2600/7800)

(1978) Intel 8244 (NTSC)/8245 (PAL) (Odyssey^2)

(1978) Texas Instruments SN76477 (Arcade, ABC80)

(1978) Bally-Midway 0066-117XX (Arcade, Astrocade)

(1978) Signetics 2636 PVI (Arcade, 1292 Home Platform)

(1978) General Instrument AY-3-891x (Arcade, Intellivision, Spectrum 128, Oric, MSX, Amstrad CPC, too many others to mention).

Speakers, beepers and squeakers (ZX Spectrum, mostly)

(1979) RCA CDP1863/4 (Nothing much, really)

(1979) Williams HC-55516 (Arcade/Pinball)

(1979) Atari C012294 (POKEY) (Arcade, Atari 8-bit Home Computers)

(1979) Texas Instruments SN76489 (Arcade, BBC Micro, Master System, ColecoVision, many others).

(1980) Texas Instruments TMS3615N/TMS3617NS (Arcade)

(1980) National Semiconductor MM5837 (Arcade)

Arcade Speech Synthesis - when it was interesting!

(1980) Commodore MOS 6560/6561 (VIC) (VIC-20 family)

(1980) Namco WSG/52xx/54xx/15xx (Arcade)

(1980) RCA CDP1869 (Arcade, COMX-35, Pecom 32)

(1980) Speech Synthesis - Home systems (including C64)

(1981) OKI MSM5205 ADPCM (Arcade)

(1981) NEC μPD1771C (Arcade)

Super Tech Talk: Noise generation in 8-bit sound chips

Super Tech Talk: Assigning pitches to sound chips

This volume also has special features on speech synthesis in the arcade and at home. For the technically minded, there's also great expert articles that make sense of concepts such as noise-generation and beeper sample playback.

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS


ENGLISH (HARDCOVER) ISBN: TBD Year: 2021 Pages: 328

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