1. Introduction

Application is 64 steps note looper. Notes are either represented musically or treated as bare data for VCS’s audio registers. Users can choose which row they treat as notes (Note Synth) or audio register data (Glitch Synth). There are three variations of Glitch Synth and one Note Synth.


Review by "Look Mum No Computer"

2. Hardware Requirements

  • Atari VCS Pal Console (at this stage for PAL version of Atari 2600 only)
  • Cartridge: Uno-2600 or Harmony cartridge for loading custom ROMs
  • Left port: Joystick
  • Rite port: Keyboard (keypad w/ 12 btns)

In case you don't have an original Atari keypad/keyboard controller (which might break anytime soon, as did mine), check this excellent project by Sven Arweiler for an alternative: JamLoopy Ctrl.

Another good news is, I'm getting close to the NTSC version and original cartridge release!

The first batch will be 16 pieces, so don't hesitate to contact me and get on the list to ensure your copy.

If you miss the hardware, you can run this software from Stella's emulator. Just be sure to hit Options for the JamLoopy.ROM and configure in Game Settings\Controller appropriate input controllers:

If you don't see the whole screen's output go to Game Settings/Display:

3. Looper Layout

Tree columns represent (from left to right):

  1. Synth Selector (2 bits; enter values 1..4 on the keypad)
  2. Track Two Note/Data (4+1 bits)
  3. Track One Note/Data (4+1 bits)

The Middle section of the layout displays a replaying cursor and speed indicator pattern.

The right side of the screen is a mirror copy of the left part.

An additional 1 bit for Track1 & 2 is located next to the synth selector column (this bit encodes used instrument set).

4. Software Control

Console Switches:

SelectSelect column for edit
ResetClear edit data and restart the app
Col/BWToggle replay / edit mode (Col=replay; BW=edit)
Left difficultyBbackground color change (A = turned OFF; B =turned ON)
Right difficultyJam switch (A=note enter mode; B=jam mode enabled, no notes written)
Jam mode works now for two notes tracks only.

Joystick:

UpPlay Mode: alter speed in up direction
Edit Mode: move cursor up
DownPlay Mode: alter speed in down direction
Edit Mode: move cursor down
LeftForce melodic synth while pressed
RightForce experimental while synth pressed
FireChange glitch synth param (16 states)

Keyboard (keypad):

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9Enters notes data
0Empty note (clear current position for selected track)
* (asterisk)Shift current instrument notes on 1..9 keys mapping *
# (number sign)Toggle active instrument *

* Instrument shift and active instrument set is color-coded to the track selection lines.


5. Notes Mapping

Track One / Instrument 1 / Set 1

1 - b0 (bass)
2 - c1 (bass)
3 - d1 (bass)
4 - e1 (bass)
5 - g1 (bass)
6 - a1 (bass)
7 - b1 (bass)
8 - c2 (bass)
9 - e2 (bass)
Track Two / Instrument 1 / Set 1

1 - b0 (pitfall)
2 - c1 (pitfall)
3 - d1 (pitfall)
4 - e1 (pitfall)
5 - g1 (pitfall)
6 - a1 (pitfall)
7 - b1 (pitfall)
8 - c2 (pitfall)
9 - e2 (pitfall)
Track One / Instrument 1 / Set 2

1 - b1 (bass)
2 - c2 (bass)
3 - e2 (bass)
4 - g2 (bass)
5 - a2 (bass)
6 - b2 (bass)
7 - e3 (bass)
8 - g3 (bass)
9 - h3 (bass)
Track Two / Instrument 1 / Set 2

1 - b1 (pitfall)
2 - c2 (pitfall)
3 - e2 (pitfall)
4 - g2 (pitfall)
5 - a2 (pitfall)
6 - b2 (pitfall)
7 - e3 (pitfall)
8 - g3 (pitfall)
9 - h3 (pitfall)
Track One / Instrument 2 / Set 1

1 - b4 (square)
2 - c5 (square)
3 - d5 (square)
4 - e5 (square)
5 - f5 (square)
6 - d6 (square)
7 - f6 (square)
8 - hihat
9 - snare
Track Two / Instrument 2 / Set 1

1 - e3 (lead)
2 - f3 (lead)
3 - g3 (lead)
4 - a3 (lead)
5 - a#3 (lead)
6 - g4 (lead)
7 - a#4 (lead)
8 - hihat
9 - snare
Track One / Instrument 2 / Set 2

1 - f6 (square)
2 - hihat
3 - snare
4 - c2 (saw)
5 - d2 (saw)
6 - d#2 (saw)
7 - f#2 (saw)
8 - d#3 (saw)
9 - f#3 (saw)
Track Two / Instrument 2 / Set 2

1 - f6 (square)
2 - kick
3 - snare 2
4 - kick 2 - test
5 - snare...
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