AY files comprise of blocks of compiled Z80 code extracted from ZX Spectrum / Amstrad CPC games/demos, joined to a header which stores information such as credits / titles / copyright details etc. The Z80 code remains completely intact.
The main benefits of the AY file format (when compared to logged file formats, for example) are as follows:
· Multiple tunes can be stored in a single AY file.
Select preferred download option:
FTP options (use for downloading individual AY files):
HTML options (use for downloading the full collections and updates in single zip files).
Between updates, some file names may change. Therefore, you are advised to download the full collection rather than the updates. The full collection always contains all files and all updates.
-- Bonus Download: David Whittaker - The Mega Tape --
In August 1987, a UK ZX Spectrum magazine called Sinclair User (issue 65) printed a feature about Spectrum music. Within the article a coupon was printed, which offered readers to send off for a limited edition tape entitled 'The Mega Tape'. This tape contained a compilation of some of David Whittakers music, studio-remixed. The promotional text printed in the article was as follows:
ALL ABOUT THE MEGA TAPE
The Quicksilva Tube/Glider Rider mega-mix was created with many hours of toil in the studio of Fluffy Banana Music.
The original music was transfered directly from the Spectrum 128K to one track of a Tascam 38 eight-track recorder, with a little digital reverb and delay added for depth. Parts of the computer music, including the end themes of both games, were also sampled for later use.
The overdubs were then played by hand (since it wasn't possible to synchronise a sequencer with the original music!) using a Yamaha DX100 FM synth, Korg DW 8000 analogue/digital synth, Akai S900 sampler, Sequential Circuits Drumstraks digital drum machine and ART 1500 and Alesis Midiverb effects units.
The sampled sounds, manipulated with the S900, included trumpets, heavy-metal guitars and snare drums from chart records, and Spitfires from WW2 - the explosion at the end is a mixture of a bomb, a clap of thunder and a crashing aircraft!
The whole shebang was mixed down in genuine stereo on an RAM 10-8-2 mixer, and is presented for your delight by Fluffy Banana Music - the coolest and cuddliest music outfit in the entire galaxy.