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wav files

Postby mabby » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:49 pm

Hi - I am going to build myself an Arduino "Arduitape" to load wav files to the electron - does anyone have any that I can try - I know there are programs to convert to wav but I use Linux Mint as my main desktop & progs are not that easily available on Linux - This Arduitape device looks a good way to store tape files on SD card - So if I am sucessful I could be persuaded to make more for forum members

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Re: wav files

Postby vanekp » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:25 pm

sounds like just the device I am after and been looking for :D does it also have option to pause so that you don't have to keep pausing it when loading a program and rewinding to get back to the right spot?
I don't have electron wav files but do have BBC ones (very good quality, generated directly from the bbc to wav file, are all protected BBC games though, so won't be much good on a electron).

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Re: wav files

Postby CMcDougall » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:02 pm

have you tried TapDancer for any Android OS device, like a old/new mobby phone or tablet?
it's here & easy : viewtopic.php?f=12&t=9174&hilit=tapDancer#p104386

and before you start, all my .WAV rips are from Original elk /beeb tapes, and no I ain't uploading 500GB :lol:
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Re: wav files

Postby vanekp » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:26 pm

Have tried it but cant get it up and runnig for some reason.
Just won't play the files for me.

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Re: wav files

Postby dhg2 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:49 pm

You could run FreeUEF in Wine, I do that. Though it's a bit tricky to get it working because it requires some extra DLLs and you have to make a 32bit wineprefix for it.
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Re: wav files

Postby vanekp » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:01 pm

There is also a windows version but a high percentage of uef do not play properly with it, or do not load on the BBC.

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Re: wav files

Postby CMcDougall » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:19 pm

thats because UEFs are not so good 'quality' exept in TapDancer 100%,
so will need .CSW files converted with BackToLife to gets proper working .WAVs #-o
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Re: wav files

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Re: wav files

Postby 8bitkick » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:24 am

mabby wrote:Hi - I am going to build myself an Arduino "Arduitape" to load wav files to the electron - does anyone have any that I can try - I know there are programs to convert to wav but I use Linux Mint as my main desktop & progs are not that easily available on Linux - This Arduitape device looks a good way to store tape files on SD card - So if I am sucessful I could be persuaded to make more for forum members


I am building a web player for Elk UEFs which has cassette games on demand for free, via web http://www.8bitkick.cc/PlayUEF.html (but not as cool as Arduitape, admittedly 8) )

It works in Chrome + MacOS so fingers crossed it can work on Linux Mint!!

As well as streaming in browser you can download the WAV by clicking the cassette 'player'. Let me know if it work for you!!

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Re: wav files

Postby hicks » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:25 pm

Late posting on this one, but in case anyone else wants to do the same, for Linux I'd use uef2wave.py

Assuming you have a dir with all the uef.zip files in the following should sort you out:

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find . -name "*.zip" -exec unzip {} \;
find . -name "*.uef" -exec python ./uef2wave.py {} {}.wav \;
find . -name "*.uef.wav" rename 's/.uef.wav$/.wav/' {} \;
find . -name "*.wav" -exec flac -e {} \;
find . -name "*.wav" -exec rm {} \;


I expect there are better ways to handle it than find, but it's simple enough and works to get you from a dir full of zipped uef files to wav or flac files. The wav files will play back via audacity, although I found I had to reduce the track gain by -7db for it to not bring up any block errors.

I've repurposed my old ihp iriver mp3 player (has line in/out) for tape loading/saving with the Electron :)

Has anyone experimented with any lossy codecs to see how well loading works?

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Re: wav files

Postby vanekp » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:31 pm

Only I found with uef2wave.py it does not support all the chunks used in uef and hq.uef files, so use with caution.
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Re: wav files

Postby uniforix » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:46 pm

I have loads of FLAC files on www.electronforever.co.uk if they are useful.

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Re: wav files

Postby vanekp » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:32 pm

Thanks, how are these recorded, i.e. what is the format and source of them?
PLAYUEF http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13992 also works very well :D
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Re: wav files

Postby uniforix » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:33 pm

Yes, PlayUEF is awesome :-)


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