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This is a very broad question. Low-spec hardware mod players with similar chips have indeed been realized in the past. Here are some examples: (this one plays FLACs but I guess it should just be a matter of writing different software to support MODs as well).

None of them would be using a Paula chip though. I'm not sure how much sense that would make.

The Lobby / MOVED: First post and a new mod player
« on: January 04, 2022, 21:42:35 »

More good news in 2022! Today, support for four more formats has been added to The Mod Archive: Symphonie / Symphonie Pro (SymMOD), Digital Symphony (DSym), Davey W. Taylor's FM Tracker (FMT) and Scream Tracker Music Interface Kit (STX), a transitional format between Scream Tracker 2's STM and Scream Tracker 3's S3M. All of these formats are playable online as well.

Note: Digital Symphony is a RiscOS tracker, and RiscOS doesn't use file extensions. By convention, ModArchive has chosen to follow ModLand's approach and give these files a .dsym extension so that they are more usable on more common Unix and Windows systems. You'll have to add this file extension if you wish to upload Digital Symphony modules.

Happy Tracking!

Website News Archive / 2020 / 2021 Additions Torrent now available
« on: January 01, 2022, 21:05:47 »
Two for the price of one! Torrents of all of the archive additions of 2020 and 2021 have been generously generated by jantore and seeded ready for your leeching!

2020 Additions Direct Link
2021 Additions Direct Link

Other Torrents

Help Support Topics Archive / Re: modarchive 2020 additions
« on: January 01, 2022, 21:03:31 »
Now you finally get two torrents for the price of one. ;)

Help me find that... / Re: So I have this S3M I found...
« on: December 19, 2021, 22:34:35 »
It's in the archive now. ;)

The problem is twofold:
1. You need to know how to make music
2. You need to know your software

1. If you have never made any music, I think the start is going to be difficult no matter what software or tool you use to get into music. Learning music theory can be helpful in understanding why some things work and sound good while others don't. Music theory is applicable no matter if you are using a tracker or a DAW.

2. There are various tutorials both in text and video form (search on YouTube for "fasttracker tutorial") but I cannot recommend any particular one. FastTracker comes with a manual that's worth reading. For sure it will not explain everything but it should get you started with the basics.

One important part of tracked music is its open-source aspect: You can learn a lot just from looking at other modules and observing how other people manage to create certain sounds.

Last but not least: Many oldskool trackers are not particularly user-friendly. You may want to have a look at OpenMPT as a more beginner-friendly alternative with an extensive manual (which includes a tutorial), tooltips everywhere and generally just a more standards-conforming user interface.

Edit: Forgot the most important thing that causes many people to give up: Lack of persistence. Noone becomes a great composer within a month, or even a year. Don't expect listenable results anytime soon, but do keep trying and learning.

I don't think licenses intended for software like the GNU GPL are particularly useful for music; I see the fact that some people tried to license their music on that particular rather as an error and not as something that we should support.
Furthermore, I don't see any notice about the GNU GPL in the sample texts of those modules. Of course it's fully possible that GPL-licensed software used those songs with permission, but that doesn't mean that we at ModArchive can simply change the license to that.

PC Players / Re: OpenMPT
« on: December 13, 2021, 21:17:08 »
OpenMPT (nor any other tracker) isn't meant to listen to MIDI music. It's simply not possible to easily translate between MIDI and modules. It's absolutely right to use a tool that is actually designed for playing MIDI files to do exactly that. MIDI import in OpenMPT and other trackers mainly exists as an exchange format with other software so that you can e.g. import MIDI stems for remixing.

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