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Issue 21 - July 28th to August 3rd 1983
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Sound: Part 5
Concluding our opus on sound, speech and music with more for the popular micros.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Problems preced launch of Sinclair's Microdrive, page 2; CTA suggests mail-order bonding scheme, page 3; Electronic mail arrives for the Sirius, page 4; Intel chips in with Xenix, page 5; CAD design from Hewlett-Packard, page 6; Epsom HX20 disk drives in, page 7; and lots more news, reports and pictures.
PCN Charts 10
Follow your favourite game and micro.
Random Access 13
Tell the world what you think.
Routine Inquiries 14
With PCN's perambulating helpline, Max Phillips.
Microwaves 16
Got a useful tip? Spread it around a bit.
Gameplay 51
Dungeon adventures - Franklin's Tomb for the Dragon and Hummer House of Horror for the Spectrum, page 51. Leaps and Bounds - Jumpman for the Commodore 64 and Jumping Jack for the Spectrum, page 52. Space operas - alien invasions with Fourth Encounter for the Vic and Cyclons for the Commodore 64, page 54.
Program Cards 56
Games and utilities for the Spectrum, Vic 20, Commodore 64 and BBC micros.
Readout 69
The new micro books.
Databasics 73
Buyers' guide to hardware.
Clubnet 70
Contact points in the nation's user groups.
Billboard 79
Four pages of computing bargains.
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
Disks on Atari 19
To get the maximum use from your Atari you need a disk drive. Richard Hawes reveals how to get the best from the system.
Micro on video 25
Geof Wheelwright explains the techniques required for storing your screen displays on video tape.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
BBC Graphics 27
From computer art to computer aided design, Nigel Cross tests packages to make the most of the Beeb's graphics capabilities.
Newbrain assembler 32
Walter Knight continues his look at machine code on the Newbrain with a package to take the tedium out of low-level coding.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Turn turtle 34
Real turtles mean more than graphics - they open up the field of robotics too. Ian Scales tests a new beast that hooks up to the Sinclair machines and the BBC.
Oric in print 38
Explore the possibilites of print with the new printer/plotter for the Oric. David Janda puts pen to paper.
Daisywheeling 40
Barry Miles looks at yet another contender in the high quality / medium price print stakes.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Dream Machine 42
Everyone, at some time, has wished for an improvement to some aspect of their micro. Richard King goes a step further and argues for a complete rethink about the way micros are designed and built.
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