Saturday, 6 April 2013

Advanced Piano Simulator

By Lost

Genre: Utility: Bloody racket
Finally!  We are getting some software that proves the Spectrum is not only the best games machine on (or off) the planet – A.P.S is a utility that would make Uncle Clive proud.

Credit must be given for getting both ‘advanced’ and ‘simulator’ into the same title.

Now everyone loves tinkling the ivories, but for some the cost of space taken up by a grand piano can often prove prohibitive (for the proles anyway)  – that’s where A.P.S comes in.  You can have all the joy of a real piano without any of the hassle.  You can preset the note length (to the point where it’s possible to get an ‘Integer’ out of range error!) and octave, and there is a rather nice sheet music option for ‘ode to joy’.  The music keys are reassuringly unresponsive and all I could manage was a structureless string of beeps and farts.
Though I am hopeless at music anyway so couldn’t get a decent tune out of even a good piano, so here’s a call for musical types to have a go with it, and if you manage to record an RZX of something that sounds vaguely like music then please send it in and I’ll post it.

So what are you waiting for?  Fire up your Spectrum, download A.P.S, get your friends around and give them a rendition of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ they’ll never forget!
Download here.

And as per the comments thanks to Lee Spoons who managed Ode to Joy! (RZX file)


  1. Amazing tune Spoons, I can't believe how well you play, or rather, managed to play it! (LOST)