This is a quick summary, don't forget to read the manual
for a complete description of what MakeTZX can do!
Many decoding schemes supported including all SpeedLock variants,
Alkatraz, BleepLoad, SoftLock, Paul Owens, Multiload/Activision, PowerLoad, Injectaload, Excelerator, Biturbo and Ramsoft's exclusive ZetaLoad system. Of course it also supports generic turbo loaders.
Loader type autodetect for many schemes. If you enable autodetect
mode, MakeTZX will recognize automatically the custom loading standard
and act consequently without any user intervention. No need to specify
any loader switches for the supported types! At the moment, the autodetected
schemes are Alkatraz, Speedlock 1/2/7, Bleepload, Paul Owens, SoftLock, PowerLoad, Biturbo, Injectaload, Excelerator and
Great conversion rates (97%) ! We have successfully converted many
critical VOCs that didn't convert with other similar tools. Damaged tapes
are also converted successfully most times thanks to the powerful Advanced
Error Correction routines which can recover many physical errors. Typical
cases representing no-problem are a) pulses too long or too short; b) noise
spikes which alter a bit value; c) filtered VOCs with digital noise (for
example making a "1" semipulse become a full "0" bit).
SoundBlaster/WSS DirectMode! Now you can directly connect your tape
recorder to the soundcard input line and watch the LIVE show of realtime
conversion on your monitor, that is MakeTZX decodes while sampling
(not after) and all the events are shown on the screen in the exact moment
when they happen! It uses DMA to guarantee the maximum signal quality:
no clicks, no noise, and it won't miss a single sample even on the slowest
16 MHz 386! Thanks to these advanced feaures, direct mode offers exactly
the same reliability as offline conversion! And there's more: you can
set preprogrammed recording, that is you tell MakeTZX how much time to
record and then go away to do better things! MakeTZX will automatically
stop after the specified time has elapsed and let you find your TZXs ready
when you come back.
Requires any SoundBlaster DSP 2.00+ (or 100% compatible) or a Windows
Sound System compatible card and will automatically use the best resources
available on the DSP (such as FIFO mode on SB16s).
100% error-free conversion through OUT files. MakeTZX is the first
TZX tool to introduce a revolutionary approach which guarantees mathematical
success of conversions, thanks to a brand new technique developed by us
which uses runtime information produced by emulators (OUT files). The result
is that MakeTZX successfully converts any tape that loads and runs into
the emulator without any possibility of error, and this simply means the
end of most TZX conversion issues!
Intelligent code analyser which desumes lots of low-level information
from the specific loaders, such as signal timings, addresses and lengths
of data blocks. All checksums are computed to validate the correct conversion.
Works with VOC, WAV, IFF, CSW and OUT files. The Compressed Square
Wave (CSW) is a file format created by us and it is intended as a way to
store sample files in a compact form, using a compression scheme based
on RLE. A CSW file is typically 10 - 20 times smaller than the corresponding
VOC, and the higher the sample rate, the higher the compression ratio.
Powerful digital filter. A highly optimized signal processing engine
reduces noise and disturb very effectively. If available, takes full advantage
of 3DNow! technology for considerable performance boost (faster than P2
at the same clock frequency). Implements a fully configurable DSP filter
designer to allow the expert user to achieve excellent results. The filter
can be applied both to ordinary sample files and to realtime DirectMode
Easy to use thanks to the intelligent engine that does not need
thousands of command line parameters to tune the converter! All the optimal
values are calculated for you by the analyser. All you have to do is tell
MakeTZX what kind of protection system you are in front of and it provides
all the rest, but now, thanks to the autodetect feature, also this
minimum input can be omitted in most cases!
Any size sample files can be converted. Any file that fits into
your hard disk will be unconditionally handled.
Multi-platform support. MakeTZX is available separately for the following systems: Windows 9x/NT/2000 (Win32), MSDOS, Linux x86 and Amiga. The MSDOS version supports long filenames if run under Windows.