A fun discovery today from one of our favorite sites, EM411: a new set of ‘chip’ emulators is available from mmonoplayer. Available in a few flavors including Max/MSP externals, PD externals, and a few Pluggo-powered VST’s, the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ColecoVision, Sega Master System, GameBoy, NES and IntelliVoice are available. mmonoplayer claims that additional VST’s are on their way. Sadly, as my studio is still sans-PC, I have been unable to enjoy these fine offerings.

Anyone interested in detailed reviews of these plug-ins, please send a reasonably powered PC my direction…Alternatively, download the patches and try them out yourself!

Ed: Hey, I’ve got a PC, but for Max or Pd users, the externals are cross-platform Mac and Windows. You can bet with Max/MSP and Pd sample patches on the site I’ll give these a try right away! How else will I rekindle my fond memories of the ColecoVision? (Yeah, I was the kid with that instead of the NES.) -PK

  • Symbiotic

    I guess I did fail to mention the cross-platform nature of the externals. I was mostly referring to the VST's, which are arguably more useful to the non-PD or Max/MSP equipped user.

    I know virtually nothing about PD, but is there a 'runtime' version of Max/MSP that would allow someone to try these out without owning the full product?

    Otherwise, the VST-ized versions would be the only choice, at which point I'd still need a PC. :cry

  • admin

    Yes, there is a runtime of Max/MSP, but I don't know that it'd be much good for these externals on their own . . . have to look at the example patches. (i.e., you might need editing ability) Pd is free — check out puredata.org.

    I'm surprised the VSTs are Pluggo-based and yet Windows-only; I haven't tried developing Pluggo plugins in Max.

    More soon . . .