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There will always be some complexity because the original trackers, typically being written by teenagers and young adults with no industry standard to define formats etc., often lack proper documentation, a lot of implementation details are hidden inside the original assembly code... Getting started is often easy, but you cannot expect that your results will be accurate. OpenMPT's code in particular is complex because
1) it supports dozens of formats.
2) it does its best to emulate the various little quirks of the trackers used to write those formats.
3) it is designed to be used by other software and thus has high standards with regards to security and standard conformance.

It will probably much simpler if you start out with writing a player for a single format, and if you don't care about getting every detail right. Basic understanding of how audio programming works (volume, panning, resampling with interpolation) would be very useful, too.
If you want to start with the ProTracker MOD, you can check out this tiny MOD player source. It will definitely not get every detail of the MOD format right, but it's a good start. 8bitbubsy's ft2play may also be interesting if you want to get into the XM format, as it's a direct port of the original FT2 source (so it's very accurate but might not be easy to follow).

In the end, once you have grasped the basic concepts (which these two examples may help with), writing a player for yet another format will become much easier, as it's the same stuff over and over again, just with some details being different here and there. Those details add a lot of complexity once you want to support all of those formats in a single engine (like OpenMPT does), though.

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Help & Support / Re: modarchive 2020 additions
« on: January 29, 2021, 17:47:50 »
It will come in due time.

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The Lobby / Re: Greetings!
« on: January 28, 2021, 18:03:32 »
Welcome :)

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Help Support Topics Archive / Re: KEYGEN-FM link returned a 404
« on: January 26, 2021, 18:45:18 »
Link has been updated.

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What you've just described is currently what I'm trying to do, and yet it's like missing something to understand what is going on or how to pull it off myself.
Out of curiosity, how long have you been trying? :) This will naturally take time, for anyone really. It can take months, if not years to refine those skills. It can take a while until it "clicks". This kinda leads to your next question of course - try to find the best modules, often you can learn a lot from them.

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As a follow up question, are there any list of tracks that one as aspiring tracker should know about and having listened to?
There is definitely no objective answer to this, but you can check out the charts on the main page for the most favourited and most downloaded modules. There's definitely some good stuff among those (but mostly older tracks). There are also some older forum threads about this which you may be able to find, but those will also not feature any recent modules.

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You're welcome :)

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There's a seminar by h0ffman describing some ProTracker tricks, maybe it's worth watching for you although some of the techniques are maybe a bit more advanced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdbgeFAus0k

Generally it's a good idea to look at modules that you like and see how things are done there. You can learn a lot from other artists thanks to the "open-source" nature of modules.

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Also, as a sidequestion I'm curious if there any open active tracker communites, to find other people who're interested in tracking and making chiptunes, well besides here that is?
There's also the OpenMPT forums but they are more focussed on OpenMPT itself. ModArchive also has an IRC channel but it's less focussed on making tracked music.

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That's Sea of Love by Moby.

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Help me find that... / Re: Name that tune (x15) (mid 2000s?)
« on: January 24, 2021, 13:43:44 »
2-2 is Nova by Purple Motion
2-8 is Y'ra at dawn by !Cube

Most if not all of those are modules from the early 90s, not 2000s.

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