RISC World


Aaron Timbrell rounds up the software directory

This issue we are giving away a free copy of AudioWorks. This was originally released by Computer Concepts and was then taken over by APDL Normally a copy of Audioworks would set you back almost £15, but for RISCWorld subscribers, it's free.



The audio capabilities of the Acorn computer have seldom been exploited, but all Acorn 32-bit computers have the ability to play back high-quality stereo samples. AudioWorks provides a complete suite of sound editing functions in one easy to use, low cost application.

AudioWorks is compatible with a whole range of sound files, including Amiga IFF, Armadeus, DataVox, Microsoft Wav, Creative Voice File, Acorn Replay Movies, Digital Symphony, EMR Sound Synth and many more. In addition to playing back from the standard computer speaker, the software can sample from and playback to more advanced audio boards, such as the Eagle MultiMedia card and Lark Sound card.

[AudioWorks screenshot]
This screenshot shows an example waveform and playback buttons.

AudioWorks supports 8-bit, 12-bit, 16-bit, linear signed, linear unsigned, VIDC logarithmic, m-law logarithmic, mono and stereo samples.

AudioWorks is supplied with the AudioCtrl utility, which allows you to attach your own sound sample to many different desktop events, such as opening or closing a window or saving a file. You could add a scream when you start your least favourite application and a cheer when you quit. Working with a computer will never be the same again.

AudioWorks features

[Oscilloscope] [Spectrum analyser]

Features of the software include:

  • Accurate waveform display with instantaneous zoom.
  • Cut, copy and paste of any selected part of the sound sample.
  • A utility for playing back from hard disc in the background.
  • Effects such as echo, reverse echo, amplify, wave form centering, ramp, pitch and amplitude bending, high and low pass filtering, re-sampling etc.
  • On screen real-time spectrum analyser and oscilloscope displays.
  • Import and export of Microsoft .WAV, Armadeus, DataVox, SoundTracker and RawData formats
  • Full background operation.
  • Repeat loops.
  • Multiple channel and multiple sample operations.


"Taking over as the standard for Archimedes sound sampling packages."
Acorn User

"...brilliant! If you are interested in any aspect of sound processing on the Archimedes, AudioWorks is the package for you.
Risc User

The complete DiscWorld line up

As per usual we have our collections of the latest RISC OS games and applications, as well as support files for this issues articles:


A free full unrestricted version for your listening pleasure.


All the games from this issues games world column.


Dave Holden's HTML linking application.


Applications related to the letters page.


A complete copy of !GCC and example files from Neil White's SDL article.


All the latest PD, shareware and freeware releases from the PD column.


This contains two sets of Toolbox Modules. The Castle archive contains the latest 26/32 bit neutral system components, required if you want to run a lot of new software releases on 26bit machines. The RISCOS Ltd archive contains later and improved versions of a number of modules and is suitable for all versions of RISC OS from 3.1 onwards. We have also included copies of SharedUnixLib and UnixHome as these are needed by some programs.

Aaron Timbrell