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Sinclair ZX Spectrum - With *Custom Sounds!* - UPD 04sept2007

by Numenor Posted 26th Jun 2007 at 4:43 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2009 at 5:52 PM by -Maylin-
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
>>> With Custom MP3 Sounds! <<<

04 SEPT 2007 - BUGFIX - Please redownload
Fixed a bug that forced the sim to briefly sit in the air when
the user cancelled the "Write Basic Prog" interaction.


Jump into the history of computers! Let your sims experience the joy of the noisy beeps,
the flashing screen borders, the dreadful "R: Tape Loading Error"!
WARNING: the first one who claims that the Commodore 64 was better
will be immediately banned from MTS2! (jocking... )

  • CUSTOM SOUNDS - Many objects claim to have "custom sounds" but they actually re-use Maxis sounds in an original way. The ZX Spectrum contains real custom sounds, in MP3 format! 9 game sounds + 1 tape loading sound are embedded into the package. I have discovered (after creating my ZX) that this is not the very first object with real custom sounds; but no one ever explained how the sounds work, and so I had to do all the work by myself. Of course, I'm going to write an article for the InfoCenter to share my findings...
    EDIT: No need to write my my article: anyone interested in custom sounds can refer to this nice Tutorial by Hexameter, posted some days ago.
  • CUSTOM DETAILED MESSAGES - Most of the actions, events and interactions involving the ZX Spectrum are accompained by funny explanatory messages: read them all and enjoy!
  • INTELLIGENT BEHAVIOUR - This object has been programmed to behave differently, whether it is used by playable sims or NPC's; actions and reactions are different, if the ZX Spectrum is used within a residential, community, business or university lot. I tried to give it the most "natural" feel and variable behaviour, so that you'll hardly get bored while your sims use it

This is a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K, with a connected Interface-1, a ZX Microdrive, a TS2020 Tape Recorder (with the original "Horizons" tape inside!) and a Kempston Joystick; for the best "flashback" experience, the ZX comes with a TV-set in pure vintage style: the Synudyne Fauno. All the mentioned parts are included in a single object, you just have to by the whole set from the catalog (section Electronics -> TV and Computers).
The initial price is 550§; but this is an historical computer: the longer you'll keep it, the higher will raise its value.

  1. Playing games on the ZX - Click on the ZX and choose "Load & Run"; you have 9 different classic games to choose from. You'll hear the characteristic tape loading sound (there are few chances that you get a Tape Loading Error, too! : ) and will see the typical loading colours on the screen; and then the game will start. Other sims can watch the player, and improve their (and your!) Fun and Social motives.
  2. Creating BASIC programs - While playing grants only fun, writing BASIC programs gives fun, logic and creativity; and when finished, you can "Sell BASIC Program", and earn simoleons! The price you can get from your programs depends on the skills you have built: the maximum amount (1680§) can be obtained with 10 points of Logic, 10 Creativity, 2 Mechanical and 3 Charisma (this last one is useful when dealing to customers...). Please note that you have to build Mechanical and Charisma with other objects: the ZX Spectrum doesn't help building these skills. When you sell a program, read the letter you recieve along with the money: there's a special surprise that appears only once (once per ZX)!
    If a non-playable sim creates a program using *your* ZX Spectrum (i.e. the creator is a customer of your business lot, or is a visitor of your house, or is a student in your University lot), he will sell his program automatically, and give you 20% of the earnings!
    When a sim starts creating a program on the ZX, the program is stored on the ZX Microdrive, and no one else can use it to create programs, until the program is finished and sold. The programmer can't start another program on another ZX (on the same lot): in this case, you will have the option "Continue Basic Program" (instead of "Write Basic Program") only on one ZX.
    When a ZX Microdrive contains a work-in-progress program, the other sims can only "Format Microdrive", so to start their own program, but be warned: the original program creator will go mad when someone formats his Microdrive! Watch the funny animations that occur in such cases! And watch out for the lowering relationship level...
    Note: when a sim writes a BASIC program, a progress bar will appear over his head; that bar will tell the % of completion of the program, NOT the learning skill level.
  3. Community/Business/University Lots - The ZX can be used in any lot, and anyone using it to create BASIC programs will improve his Logic and Creativity (including customers and visitors). You can sell the ZX in shops, if you like. As said, NPC sims that sell program created using your ZX will give you a 20% fee. In OFB lots, formatting the Microdrives is considered a normal maintainance operation: customers won't like it, of course, but the relationship between the owner and the customer won't suffer.
  4. Other typical PC functions - The ZX is not a PC, and therefore you can only use it to play or program; you won't have the standard PC options (chat, email, order groceries, write term paper etc.)

The ZX Spectrum is compatible with any game, from the bare base-game to H&M Fashion (and possibly future expansions).

Very simple! Just unpack to your Downloads folder. If your computer hates rar archives, use the Q-Xpress. NO ZIP!

The ZX Spectrum, and all its parts are recolourable; but I made it recolourable mainly to let you recolour the TV-set: if you dare recolour the Spectrum itself, I'll come and catch you!!!

Many hearty thanks to Sir Clive Sinclair: an entire generation of computer enthusiasts owes him a lot! "ZX Spectrum" is a trademark of Sinclair Research Ltd.
Thanks to MJ Hibbett and the Validators and their lovely "Hey Hey 16K": I've listened to this song countless times while creating my ZX Spectrum!
Last but not least, many thanks to MaryLou, my favourite beta-tester! How many errors she discovered in the ZX during its creations!

DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE, especially the Exchange! - See my profile for full-detail policy.

Polygon Counts: - 1802 Vertices / 1861 Faces

Rubber keys and rotten leads, RAND and RUN and LOAD and SCREEN$
Then five minutes fingers crossed hoping not to witness the terror
Of R: Tape Loading Error...
Tags: #ZX, #Spectrum, #Sinclair, #computer

Style: Retro
Room: Living Bedroom Study
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Size: 1.27 MB · Downloads: 21,412 · 26th Jun 2007
1.27 MB 21,412 26th Jun 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#76 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 8:02 PM
Oh YESSSSSSSS ! )))))) Thank's a lot, realy. That was my second computer (my very first was the famous "QL").
It's so good to see it again. one more time >>>>> thank's a lot Numenor
Lab Assistant
#77 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 9:09 PM
It's amazing! Thank you very much for creating and sharing this fantastic objects here at MTS2!
Lab Assistant
27th Jun 2007 at 10:19 PM
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Test Subject
#78 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 11:27 PM
>WARNING: the first one who claims that the Commodore 64 was better
will be immediately banned

So there are still some deep thinking and understanding people alive! :-) The Sinclair Spectrum was really something that made history! Does anyone remember the game AR - Alternate Reality? My youngest son was anno dazumal about 9-10 years old, and I wrote some astonishing games for him... Those were the days!

Thank you, Numenor!
Test Subject
#79 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 1:12 AM
I'm so having this, what a fantastic idea! The work you must have put into this is staggering. First machine I ever played on was one of these, ahhh, the memories.

Make a C64 now please...dan dare...ghostbusters...batman the movie...turrican...NURSE! come quickly, I've made a mess!
Lab Assistant
#80 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 1:15 AM
48K RAM. I think if I brought "The Sims 2" within 10 feet of it, it would melt. Ironic. Great work!
Test Subject
#81 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:47 AM
never got to have one at home but did programing in school on them. Awesome as usual!!!!!

#82 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 1:54 AM
I think I'm a little too young to actually remember this, but gosh, I can just imagine how long it took you to make this and all the work that went into it. I would never even attempt to make anything like this because I know it'll come out bad, but your stuff always comes out so well. I bow to you.

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Lab Assistant
#83 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 5:22 AM
WOW!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Cant wait to play with it..
Mad Poster
#84 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 9:16 AM
You have taught me a valuable lesson: be careful when downloading stuff at 4 AM in the morning. I laughed so hard that I nearly woke the family up!

And I have to confess that I'm old enough to remember those games.

If it were possible to give triple thanks, I would. Thank you for possibly one of the FUNNIEST downloads I've ever downloaded!
Test Subject
#85 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 10:39 AM
I never thought so many people here would remember this Sinclair computer. But I also do, although I never owned one (I had a Commodore 64 - sorry!).
Thanks for your great work, Numenor! I am sure me and my Sims will have lots of fun with it.
Lab Assistant
#86 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 3:28 AM
Wow, this is great!
Mad Poster
#87 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 4:03 AM
Ohhhhhhh, my computer looks so outdated now.

That's pretty sad, isn't it? :P

"When life gives you lemons, see the lemons, feels the lemons, BE THE LEMONS!"

Take a look-see, hmm...? Go on, click them:
The Super Mario Project, Nintendorks Island-Celebrating 2 Years Online!
Test Subject
#88 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 2:40 PM
thanks! this is great. the sound effects are amazing. and the first time one of my sims tried to use it, he got a tape loading error. did he ever complain and wave his arms about... :P

one of my sims brought Peter Ottomas home from work one day, he was still playing ghostbusters at 2 a.m.
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 2:41 PM
well, you never cease to amaze us with over-the-top creations! not just another maxis computer with a different shape, but a real, function-specific program-writing sinclair zx... great job!

i build houses! that would sound much more important if they were real houses...
#90 Old 4th Jul 2007 at 4:08 PM
Numenor this totally rocks!!!!!!! very nice! as all of your creations are
Thanks a lot ModFather :D
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 9:46 AM Last edited by Blacksmith2 : 6th Jul 2007 at 9:52 AM. Reason: grammar
Originally Posted by Numenor
Sure, the T.A.R.D.I.S. has custom sounds, though it was posted a week ago, while I started working on the ZX back in April, so I couldn't know of it.
But I know that some other objects with custom sounds have already been created, I've never stated the contrary.
For example, I know of a Magical Keumungo created by FlyBy back in April 2005 (it's not a typo, really 2005!); and there is a laser sword, released in May 2005 by Shaklin, that also uses custom sounds. Probably there are more objects with custom sounds...
I just didn't know how to embed custom sounds in an objects because no one posted a tutorial about that, so I had to figure out by myself.

Now, by the way, there is the tutorial by Hexameter/Shaklin, mentioned above (posted in these last days) that can help people building their own objects with custom sounds.

tardis was posted a week ago last year. ''Posted 18th Jun 2006 at 04:26 PM''.
plus you origanally claimed this computer was the only object with custom sound, i see you have changed that message.p.s i currently havenot managed to view your new creation, since i have been having CC problems and now my game is acting up see here
hopefully this computer isnt the problem. , gosh with this edit summary stuff i feel like this is wikipedia, i hope no one jumps on me for mot saying why i edited this post before.
Field Researcher
#92 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 1:14 PM
Numenor your a legand.I have to say i love all your stuff.Thank you so very much for all your hard work and for sharing.:D
Lab Assistant
#93 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 4:57 PM
The first computer I owned was an Apple II+, which IIRC came with 48K of memory. It had a disk drive, fortunately (although it also had the capability to hook up a cassette player as a tape drive). So I'm neutral in the C-64/Sinclair debate.

The first computer I ever wrote a program for, however, was made by Facit (a typewriter company). It had 1 K of memory. Yes, One K. Programmed in machine code, of course. I think I took all semester to get it to print out "Hello, Eric," lol.

Beautiful object. My Sims are going to love it.

-- Mal

"Of two choices, I always take the third."
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#94 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 5:33 PM
Originally Posted by Blacksmith2
tardis was posted a week ago last year. ''Posted 18th Jun 2006 at 04:26 PM''.

LOL! This proves how inattentive I am Thanks for the specification

plus you origanally claimed this computer was the only object with custom sound, i see you have changed that message.

Did I? No, I don't remember to have claimed this... I realized that there where other objects with custom sounds when the ZX was almost ready, but anyway before posting the ZX; I'd never purposely claimed something I knew was false... I edited the post the day after posting because of some typos.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#95 Old 6th Jul 2007 at 11:17 PM
hmm, maybe i read it wrong,
#96 Old 10th Jul 2007 at 1:44 AM
Best creation to date! hands down!!!!

AbstractSIMmer187 Has Retired From Sims 2 Creating
All Of My Creations Are Found Here
Test Subject
#97 Old 12th Jul 2007 at 3:34 PM
Hey Numenor awesome computer....downloadin it now...*downloads computer*

Oh by the way did u get my PM
Test Subject
#98 Old 20th Jul 2007 at 12:04 AM
WOW! This brought back so many fond memories, so many chewed tapes.
Thank you for one of the most brilliant objects I've seen.
Lab Assistant
#99 Old 22nd Jul 2007 at 1:40 AM
First time I tried this, in Chester Gieke's house no less (who else? LOL) his lady friend came over and was doing a program till 4 in the morning...then the next morning I had her come back and complete what she was doing... he got money from the program but she got even more money... thanks a lot for this!

BTW -- I owned a Commodore 64 for about 6 months...
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