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Project / Coder's Corner / Re: Need Someone Good at Mod Editing
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:02:05 »
I sent you a PM.

Sorry, I can't help you. It sounds like a 4-channel .MOD though. Possibly something from the early 90s Amiga era, given how it sounds. Maybe that will narrow down your search a bit, or give someone else an idea.

Pretty cool that you taped it though :)

Perhaps it's "Catch that Goblin!" by Skaven?

In Schism Tracker it takes me about eight to sixteen hours to make a three-minute song. I usually track up to two hours a day maximum, so a song like that would take me a week or two. In Renoise I'm usually a little quicker. Of course, sometimes I can spend months of polishing a song, spending maybe fifteen minutes on it every week or so, just tweaking small stuff.

The Lobby / Re: could i make chip tunes without knowing how to play?
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:46:12 »
Schism Tracker allows you to make .IT files, probably the most powerful format for chip-tunes.

MilkyTracker allows you to create .XM files, which is a more widely supported format. Also, MilkyTracker has the option to "draw" samples, which comes in especially handy when creating chip tunes.

Both trackers have a vastly different interface. So, try both and see what you like best.

I'm not familiar with OpenMPT, so I can't tell you the pros and cons of that tool, but feel free to try it out for yourself!

The Lobby / Re: could i make chip tunes without knowing how to play?
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:56:16 »
could i make chip tunes without knowing how to play and make music?  :P

What you are asking is: can I bake a pie, without knowing how to bake a pie?

If you are making a chip tune, you *are* making music.

That said, there's no one stopping you from trying! What SagaMusix said is very true. Start up your favorite tracker, load up your favorite tunes and just look and listen to what's going on in that tune. Learn from it and use that knowledge in your own music!

For those interested, a new HastyCompo is scheduled to start Friday 16th of March 2012. This will be HastyCompo #5. It's a fun compo, so make sure you enter!

The Lobby / Re: Newbie Question about "ettiquette"
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:41:56 »
It's OK to re-use samples, unless the artist specifically mentions that he doesn't want the samples to be re-used. For non-generic samples that are used in specific ways, such as singing/vocals, guitar riffs, original drumloops, etc, you'll probably want to use them in a new, creative way or a different context than the original song, otherwise you might be seen as a rip-off and non-creative. However, the tracking community usually has a very open minded view about this. If you credit the original sampler, you'll be fine.

Tracking / Re: The ultimate SONG DURATION question!
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:07:16 »
The perfect song duration is 3:31

J/k ofcourse, but most of my songs are around that mark. I guess that's just a result of the way I work and the type of music I like.

I have a rule of thumb that I want one musical idea plus one per minute of music. So, for three minutes of music I want at least four musical ideas. This is just a silly rule of course, but it's a guideline that works for me. A "musical idea" could be a new melody, a new chord sequence, or a drastic change in arrangement (so simply adding some extra drums to a part wouldn't count).

It also helps me to think about song structure. For example, a song could consist of an intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus. That's four musical ideas right there, so this would be a good structure for a three minute tune. I would change the arrangement for each repeating section, so that the song builds up to some sort of climax and the listerener doesn't get bored.

Of course, these "rules" aren't set in stone, but simply considering them could give you some ideas on how to improve your songwriting.

Tracking / Re: What's your tracker / format of choice? And why?
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:58:21 »
I started out in Scream Tracker, then moved to Impulse Tracker and now I use Schism Tracker. I guess once you are used to an interface you just want to stick to it.

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