Finally, we can put some numbers, facts and pictures on the table!
Today, just minutes ago, we finalized the initial automated recording process for MOS6581R4 PAL covering all new and fixed tunes as they appears from HVSC#50 to the latest #63!
Amount of files checked out 44722 pcs of both FLAC and MP3 recordings.
FLAC collection has currently a size of 282MB and MP3 with 143MB.
But, as always, some tunes are cranky during the loop and must be recorded manually by other means, like loading from MMC64, chopping RSID files header with 124 bytes and many other solutions to get them to play something :-).
Normally, large tunes are the ones to break first, as they cannot fit into the C64 memory, especially if they are even compressed with EXOMIZER.
The hardware hasn't been listed yet, but I can tell you that both MMC64 (with custom autoboot) and SD2IEC plays a big role in the ROTS project.
When the current chip MOS6581R4 PAL has been checked out, we will simply proceed to R2, R3 and finally R5. When all the PAL versions have been checked out, we will process the NTSC specific tunes on NTSC hardware allover again for all chips. NTSC tunes are much much less in amount, so that should go quick.
We can also tell you that the current MOS6581R4 PAL recording loop has been running since April 19th 2015, non-stop, 24/7/7 days a week with minimal of re-tries and issues. The current recording system are the most stable ever!
So, we can estimate about 4.5-5 months pr. PAL chip. Multiply this by 4 chips, and we can easily figure out that we are about 25% into the complete recording project. It will be released in FULL during next year, or at the end of next year, thats 2016!
Yeah, seems a long time to wait, but that's how much music is available so we all better saddle up and ride the dream for a bit while longer.