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

by Numenor Posted 26th Jun 2007 at 5:43 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2009 at 6:52 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: 21,448 · 26th Jun 2007
1.27 MB 21,448 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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Field Researcher
#26 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 8:57 PM
Incredible. Of course, my family had a Commodore...

I'm not conceited, conceit is a fault and I have no faults.
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 8:59 PM
It's good to see you again, Numenor, with a new fantastic object!
I thought you had lost interest in The Sims, gad to find it's not the case!
Indeed, if this object is not featured, the mods will hear a lot lol

"I'm just pretending to be a poser"
Test Subject
#28 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 9:02 PM
You are brilliant Numenor, without you the sims would be nothing, personally I am very grateful and so is the entire sims community.Take care and have fun (you deserve it)
Demon Sheep
retired moderator
#29 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 9:41 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 26th Jun 2007 at 9:48 PM.
OMG Numenor, ROFL! This is awesome.

PS: So awesome that I got all excited and forgot to download it.

Lab Assistant
#30 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 9:51 PM
Oh wow, easily one of the most interesting downloads I've seen here. I'm sure this would be good for a couple of my knowledge sims...thanks a lot for your hard work!
Test Subject
#31 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 10:00 PM
Thanks Numenor.
The 128K ZX Spectrum was the first computer I've had!
Now, my sims can feel the expectation of tape loading and its unforgetable sound!

Thanks, again.
#32 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 10:11 PM
I love to see creators put this much thought and spirit into an object. It really brightens my day more than you can imagine.
I hope the joy of creating never abandons you.

"Even the computer industry failed to see the importance of the Internet, but that's not saying much. Let's face it, the computer industry failed to see that the century would end." - Douglas Adams
#33 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 10:14 PM
Oh thank you Modfather, have to say that this kind of PC vintage makes your age (mine and of many other members here) easily guessed now. It's quite unbelievable but it seems that here there are many who started playing and studying the chips and codes in the very beginning of the PC era, in a technical or just ludic way.
You have a "touch" in creating amazing objects, and this is one of the most complex and enjoyable item recently and/or even ever seen. Can't wait to have it in game and listen to the MP3 oldies. Thanks forever and ciao.
#34 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 10:29 PM Last edited by JLonier : 26th Jun 2007 at 11:00 PM. Reason: just changing to thanks
Originally Posted by Numenor
This one took me a very long time... :P

I guessed!

What will you do next...
Please tell! It helps us be more prepered when We fall of our seats with exitement and A Mad flush of Need-ment.

BodyShopped /// ShoofleedSims
♦ // Jack.exe // ♦
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 10:29 PM are a, where do you come up with these great ideas?...and the funny puns...(just jocking)? You slay me.

Thanks a million.
#36 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:10 PM
this is great
Field Researcher
#37 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:22 PM
Although I just got done trading in my TI-99/4A towards a Coleco Adam (2 tape drives and 80k!), I may give this Sinclair a shot. The Adam had to be returned because it was defective again. I was just wondering if, on the Sinclair, am I treated to the flashing borders even while writing BASIC programs (If so, how could you concentrate)?

Seriously, thank you for taking us back to our roots with this object.

Running: Sims2, Uni, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons, BV, FT & AL. Patched.
#38 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:22 PM
Too awesome Numenor. Unfortunately I wasn't around for this... damn. Brillinat either way!


kind of.
Top Secret Researcher
#39 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:30 PM
Oh what great memories this brings back!! Thanks for makiing a number one machine for us. I cant wait to go and start up my game and have fun listening to the sweet sounds.
#40 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:34 PM
i thought u died. Nice object. I am happy you have returned to us.
Test Subject
#41 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:44 PM Last edited by Arialonomus : 29th Jun 2007 at 1:25 AM.
Congrats on another featured under your belt Nuemenor, your creations dot my game left and right, I am glad to add this one to my collection.

(I showed this to my dad and he said it brought back memories, being born in the nineties tells me, I know not much about this computer!)

[Insert witty and hilarious signature here]
The Quiet One
retired moderator
#42 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:48 PM
Fabulous, Numenor! I'm glad you finally released it.

#43 Old 26th Jun 2007 at 11:51 PM
Thanks so much! You're the best! :D
Test Subject
#44 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 12:08 AM
Very Cool, I had one of these in the mid 90's, but it wasn't my first Spectrum, my first one was the model after this one, also had the 128k with the built in tape deck. :P

Thanks for the memories and the mod.
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 12:13 AM
Wow. You just don't know when to stop, Numenor =D This is insanely awesome *hugs Numenor* And unfortunately (or not?), being born in the mid-nineties kinda stole the experience of this computer from me xD

When life gives you lemons, study them and write a book about all the things you can do with lemons and win an award. 'Cause awards are shiny.
Test Subject
#46 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 1:37 AM
awesome job as always! This reminds me of my Commodore Vic-20. I used it primarily for games, but I remember making some kind of minimum programs with it.... like Q-Basic

1 Print "Hello!"
2 Goto 1

Or something like that. lol! Excellent job man!
Forum Resident
27th Jun 2007 at 1:37 AM
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Field Researcher
#47 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 1:44 AM
Numenor ~ Many thanks for all the hard work and time you took learning to create this fine piece of sim art, many more thanks for taking the time to share the information on how you were able to introduce new sounds to the object and of course all the other information about objects you have shared over time.

Much thanks Rick n Teresa.
Space Pony
#48 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 1:51 AM
This is awsome. Great job!
Test Subject
#49 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 2:52 AM
I like the screenshot where it says "It's not BASIC, It's Art!". It's a very interesting object, and I can't wait to try it out. Thanks! :]
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