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Dynamic Synthesizer
Developer: Chris Hülsbeck
Header: Absent
Content: Programmatic
Instruments: External
Target Output
Output - Digital Audio.png Output - MIDI - No.png Output - FM Synthesis - No.png Output - PSG - No.png
Released: 1988
First Game: PTC (AMI)
  • dns.*

DNS is a format that houses code and data for Chris Hülsbeck's early Amiga music. Each DNS file comes with a RAW file named smp.*.

On the original disk of Starball (AMI), nearly 200 KB of source code were leaked, revealing that Hülsbeck called the driver sequencer + synthesizer, developed versions 1.0 to 1.4 from January 24 to July 31, 1988, and arranged in assembly. Most files end with the comment DYNAMIC SYNTHESIZER MODUL V1.34.



Released Title Sample
1988-??-?? PTC (AMI)
1988-??-?? Starball (AMI)
1989-0?-?? Hollywood Poker Pro (AMI)


Dynamic Synthesizer is closest to Hülsbeck's first music system, Soundmonitor, if much simpler: Vibrato, portamento and arpeggio are not supported, only a software ADSR and detune per instrument.

Each song has 6 tracks, and sound effects are played on a 7th track. All notes are spread over the Amiga's 4 voices, whichever is free or was occupied longest ago. As a result, instruments jump almost arbitrarily between hard left and hard right.