[Csnd] old retro csound for dos 6.22

does anyone have this? i’m building an old fasttracker 2 box and it would be neat to have to make/modify samples in
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Here’s the last version of Csound I could find compiled with DOS support: 4.11 , so about 20 years old…


After that the only binaries I can find are for Win32.

I hae soucetrees from 1988 and 1995 but I canoyt find precompiled binaries. I may stil ae them on the desk machine. I tnk Victor had some early system(s) as well.
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I have source code but not DOS binaries.
Are there any archives of DREAM packages?

Prof. Victor Lazzarini
Maynooth University

Of course -- I couldnot remembre the name Dream. For xample

Archive: csound_286.zip
   Length Date Time Name
--------- ---------- ----- ----
    442382 1995-05-13 10:10 CSOUND.EXE
     89104 1995-01-17 22:36 HETRO.EXE
    149006 1995-01-17 22:36 LPCANAL.EXE
    159758 1995-01-17 22:37 PVANAL.EXE
     16896 1995-05-13 10:10 CSCORE.LIB
     46096 1995-05-13 10:10 SCOT.EXE
     39440 1995-05-13 10:10 SCSORT.EXE
     46096 1995-05-13 10:10 EXTRACT.EXE
     82960 1995-05-13 10:11 SCALE.EXE
     68112 1995-05-13 10:11 SNDINFO.EXE
     85008 1995-05-13 10:11 MIXER.EXE
     95758 1995-05-13 10:11 MKGRAPH.EXE
      1704 1995-04-13 10:42 USAGE.TXT
     93142 1991-05-10 09:04 ZPM.EXE
--------- -------
   1415462 14 files

I also have

-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 831126 Jul 14 1995 csound_286_fpt.zip
-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 822131 Jul 14 1995 csound_286.zip
-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 747551 Jun 8 1995 cs386.zip
-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 728468 Jun 5 1995 csound_486.zip
-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 743363 Jun 5 1995 csound_386.zip
-rw-r----- 1 jpff users 728998 Jun 5 1995 csound_386_fpt.zip

Thanks I will try this after work. I don’t know if any of you are into retro computing but DOScember is coming up so I wanted to write a song using DOS software I could use new csound but that would be cheating and I only really need oscil and ftables anyhow

Here's one that reports as 6.08 (doubles), from 2016:

I don't think I had fiddled with the code... - ah, just added the vosim opcode

0dBFS level = 32768.0
--Csound version 6.08 (double samples) Dec 29 2016
[commit: GIT_HASH_VALUE]
Usage: csound [-flags] orchfile scorefile
Legal flags are:



I have one called 6.15 (doubles, 2020-08) too, but that's a 12 kB exe with 56 dll's (14 MB),
not sure if it works in DOS proper or if it actually needs windows subsystem.

Holler if anyone wants to try, takes but a minute to upload.


Unfortunately I don't think this works in DOS proper, I tried it in dosemu (which did run the older v4 binary OK) and it reports
This program cannot be run in DOS mode.

yup version 4 runs, i didn’t bother with version 6 as it probably needs windows which would kind of go against the doscember thing. every year all the vintage computer people (lazy game reviews, adrian’s digital basement, etc) do youtube videos of nothing but DOS stuff… fast tracker ii was what i started out with so it’s kinda nostalgic for me too, wanted to do it last year but didn’t.

found the manual for 4.10 as well so i know what opcodes are available. that’s really all i need, now i can generate wavetables and drum sounds to stick in my fast tracker ii :stuck_out_tongue:

Please post the links when you do! This thread made me smile. I think my first csound experience was on NeXT in about '95 at UBC but I remember running it in DOS windows too at home around then.


This whole thread reminds me of a question I’ve kind of had in the back of my mind: how possible would it be to create a “modular/manual” build so that one can compile a csound binary with only the opcodes one wants/needs?

I.E. lean and mean – relates to retro computing and the whole embedded/tiny device idea.

You should be able to edit the cmake file(s) for this. It’s already sort of set up like that

At the moment, the only dependency needed for Csound is libsndfile. With it, you can build a Csound version
which is fairly lean and small. Most plugins have been moved out to a separate repo anyway.