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rc55

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Protracker assist mode
« on: June 29, 2008, 17:10:03 »

Hi,

I have been asked to write a .mod for an Amiga demo which needs to be in the Protracker format (4 channels, no samples more than 128kb, 8-bit samples, samples only, no linear frequency table) - and I think a Protracker assist mode would be really useful, where the following things would happen:

- It would lock you into 4 channels
- It would force the Paula panning
- It would have an intelligent sample importer that either cropped or resampled to Protracker compliance, and counter the lack of a linear frequency table
- It would disable sample looping and features not relevant to .MOD specification
- Basically a feature clamp to ensure the MOD is fine for Protracker
- Also a feature to "render to target" so a final file size could be specified and instruments would be resampled to fit

I do appreciate how MT handles things as it is, there are a lot of really handy features, but there's still a scope for improvement, and it would really make writing high quality Paula / Protracker mods easier.

Do excuse me if I'm treading on toes here! I appreciate if people feel I am using a tool out of context.

Ruairi
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 17:51:50 »

Oh, a lock effects and available notes feature would be good, and maybe a feature to prompt to resample for notes out of range perhaps?

It's quite a learning curve going from renoise > milkytracker > protracker for those used to luxury features...!
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 22:27:39 »

Well, this is where the fun starts ;)
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 23:07:20 »

wheres the problem to write Protracker MODs with MT??

If you know the MOD Limits, there should be no problems.

You can also load your final MOD made with MT into Protracker and "check" it  ;D
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 23:54:04 »

Trial & error => pwnership.

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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008, 11:18:22 »

Heh, well, in the words of Syphus; "It's ESSENTIAL to support the Amiga", and being a new-school tracker, the features I've suggested would /really/ help.

Fair play to the learning curve though, but personally, I'd rather get on with writing music than having to spend ages munging samples to work well - I suppose that's my choice for writing for Paula / Protracker, but any software based help would be greatly appreciated.

Come to think of it, MilkyTracker already has some excellent assistance with .mod support, it's just a case of going a little bit further.
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008, 11:23:56 »

I'm also willing to sponsor the development if required.
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Re: Protracker assist mode
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008, 11:24:45 »

+1 rc55


Good ideas and I can see where this would make MT a valuable addition to demoparty compo toolset for those 4ch self executing mod player compos.
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