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    Instant Music (Commodore 64, Amiga, Apple IIgs)


    Instant Music is a rather unique music making program that was initially developed for the Amiga and then ported to the Apple IIgs and Commodore 64 in 1986. Instant Music came with a variety of songs pre-loaded and allowed the operator to vary the individual tones creating new music.


    Instant Music was among one of the first programs released by Electronic Arts for the Amiga. It received very good reviews from both computer magazines and music magazines alike. Even the Commodore 64 version was very well done. It offered a number of sophisticated features for the time including:

    • creating singe, double or triple notes in multiple ways
    • cutting/pasting blocks of music
    • modifying the tempo
    • zooming in and out to edit a piece of a tune
    • editing available instruments
    • transposing pitch


    Commodore 64
    It also has features that can ensure everything you do is in key and melodic (though those features can be turned off if you prefer).


    Apple IIgs
    Instant Music was a neat piece of software that allowed anyone to create unique music. I’m not sure what is out there today that can accomplish the same thing with as much ease though there is certainly more sophisticated music software these days. However, if you want to play around with creating music on your Amiga, Commodore 64 or Apple IIgs, this is a good place to start.



  • Hardcore Computist – Issue Number 3


    Source: Hardcore Computist – Issue Number 3

    Hardcore Computist was a long running magazine dedicated to the Apple II. It was relatively technical in content and was especially known for publishing details for circumventing disk based copy protection. Issue Number 3 includes:

    • Follow-Up
      • No More Bugs: The Sequel – A few glitches and some suggestions for improvement were incorporated into this article, which clarifies how to use SoftKey’s checksums.
    • Reader’s Softkey and Copy Exchange
      • Backing Up Visiplot/Visitrend
      • Copy Tip for Sneakers
      • Copying Wizardry with Locksmith
    • Softkey
      • Bag of Tricks
    • Advanced Applications
      • Hidden Locations Revealed
    • Softkey
      • More on Multiplan
    • Parameters
      • More Parms for Copy II Plus
    • Advanced Playing Techniques
      • Choplifter
    • Adventure Tips
      • Cranston Manor and Strange Odyssey
    • Special Feature
      • Map Maker
    • Departments
      • Note to Subscribers
      • Letters
      • Advertising Index
    • Program Index
      • Make Tables
      • Editor
      • Display Map (Hex Dump)
      • Editor.C
      • Display Map.S
      • Clear
      • Clear.Obj (Hex Dump)
    • Checksum Index
      • Start Checksoft
      • Checkbin
      • Make Tables
      • Editor
      • Display Map
      • Editor.C
      • Clear.Obj

    …and more!

  • Hardcore Computist – Issue Number 6 (1984)


    Source: Hardcore Computist – Issue Number 6

    As it says at the top on the cover, Hardcore Computist was primarily about “How to backup, unlock, or modify copy-protected software.” As such, it was pretty controversial for most of its life. It primarily covered the Apple II but there was some DOS based PC coverage too, at least in later issues. Issue Number 6 (from 1984 I believe) contains:

    • Program Enhancements: Quick.Bug – A more powerful version of the popular CPU utility.
    • Personalizing A Program – A powerful search utility which upgrades your monitor’s capability.
    • Modified ROMs – An inexpensive answer to those copy cards.
    • CORE Section: Data Bases
    • Essential Data Duplicator: Review – The strong points and weaknesses of this new breed of nibble copier.
    • The CIA: Review – A guide to whether or not the CIA agents are for you.
    • Special Features
      • Reader’s Softkey Exchange
        • Deprotecting Pandora’s Box
        • Softkey for Donkey Kong
        • Backup For The Caverns Of Freitag
        • Short Softkey For Visifile
      • Advanced Playing Techniques
      • Whiz Kid – A beginner’s guide to copy-protection.

    • Departments
      • Input
      • Advertising Index

      …and more!