Gavin Raeburn is a composer, sound designer, programmer and producer.
Raeburn's influences are Ultravox and Visage. Around 1986, he started learning machine code on the ZX Spectrum. Expecting the Spectrum to decline after a year, he learned machine code on the Commodore 64 and had his first games published throughout 1987 by The Power House. From circa June 1987 to 2009, he worked for Codemasters. In 2010, he was a founding member of Playground Games where he is currently also working.
Raeburn composed at home on a synthesizer and arranged in his own driver, tuned at 433.5 Hz. In 1988, he developed his driver on a PDS (Programmers Development System) and started sampling drums and speech at 12015 to 13137 Hz, 4-bit.
Except for the samples which are almost mute on the 8580, each of Raeburn's songs sounds the same on every SID chip.
Raeburn was one of the few people to use the DPCM channel of the 2A03 for music. He used waves created by his Casio CZ-101 keyboard. This wave can be heard in Bee 52, Pro Tennis from the Quattro Sports cartridge, and Stunt Kids.
This sound driver was also used by an unknown company for their bootleg Famiclone ports of Colosoftware's C64 games.
The drum samples used in Raeburn's later C64 games and in The Ultimate Stuntman (NES) are from the Casio RZ-1 drum sequencer. The digitized synth sample used in Bee 52 (NES) and Pro Tennis (Quattro Sports (NES)) are from the Casio CZ-101 digital synthesizer.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,46834/ - MobyGames.
- facebook.com/gavin.raeburn - Facebook.
- linkedin.com/in/gavin-raeburn-6168a1 - LinkedIn.
- cah4e3.shedevr.org.ru/dumping_2017.php - 44-in-1 (Super Game KT-A) contains the bootleg games that use Raeburn's sound driver.
- machines.hyperreal.org/manufacturers/Casio/RZ-1/samples/ - Drum samples from the Casio RZ-1.
- archive.org/details/zzapp_64_issue_050_600dpi/page/n5 - Interview from ZZAP! No. 50, June 1989.