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batch sample extractor [24 May 2009|01:01am]

Hello everybody.
Do you know if there is something around for batch-mode extraction of samples from a selection of module files? Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Blip Festival 2008 - Brooklyn - December 4-7 [25 Nov 2008|08:46pm]

The third edition of the world’s largest 8-bit/chip music festival will take place at The Bell House in New York city from December 4th-7th, 2008. Over 30 musicians and VJs have been scheduled on the lineup spread over four nights. I will return on Saturday the 6th at noon to start off the workshop segment with another hour-long, all 8-bit demo show, featuring the latest from the C64, Vic20, and Atari 2600 & XL, and some other obscure platforms including homemade concoctions. If you missed the last two Blips, prepare yourself for an intense atmosphere only a crowd into electronic noise can provide! For more info, visit:

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WD restricts sharing of certain module files [12 Dec 2007|05:45pm]

[ mood | pissed off ]

So I was perusing the online tabloid trash for techies known as The Inquirer, and found this article about how Western Digital's My Book World Edition, a NAS system with TCP-IP access, restricts certain file extensions from being shared through its "anywhere access" mode, because of "unverifiable media license authentication". here's the list.

My jaw dropped when I saw:

IT Impulse Tracker
ITZ Impulse Tracker

Excuse me? Impulse Tracker mods are licensed media all of a sudden? Um, okay, I guess you could take an mp3, chop it up into 10 or 20 samples, and make an .it, but please, there is no cd-to-.it warez scene.

It gets more bizarre. XM (Fast Tracker 2) is NOT on the list. Nor are most other common module formats. But, some VERY obscure formats, such as FAR, OKT, and PTM, are. So why were they added? Possibly because the people who added them had NO idea what module files are?

And, of course, anyone with half a brain could simply ZIP up whatever files they want to share, but anyway..

It makes me wonder if the RIAA is going after MODArchive and ftp.modland.com.. I'm sure they've hit ftp.scene.org, since it has MP3 files, looking for license royalties.

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[03 Nov 2007|01:30pm]

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We're glad to announce the beginning of the new chiptune contest -Chipyxa#5. Compose your best tunes and submit them until December,10th! But before this, please, read the rules.

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hello I'm new and protools is making me crazy. [07 Sep 2007|10:13pm]

Hi everybody.

I'm using protools mbox2 and reason 2.5

I like to get down and have a good time.

I've searched the searched every forum for an answer to my h/w buffer over/under run issues with protools since 6.1, i'm on 7 now and i still get it.

anyone ever have and fix this problem?

i hope we become nice friends.
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ReTracked #1 Hi-Fi version [02 Sep 2007|03:53pm]

     Hi-Fi version of the reTracked #1 (http://pouet.net/prod.php?which=24448) release, a musicdisk with remakes of popular classic tracker modules, is available on www.retracked.org (pure uncompressed Wave PCM 44.1/16). Enjoy crystal sound of our first release!

     We're looking for musicians to join our reTracked Team and participate in the upcoming reTracked #2 release. If you're keen on tracker music and feel capable of making pro-quality musical remakes of old tracker modules, contact the Project author, Alex Radzishevsky: webauthor {at} websound {dot} ru.
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20 years of the MOD! [02 Aug 2007|11:33am]

[ mood | nostalgic ]

Twenty years ago, give or take a week, a German fellow named Karsten Obarski released a music program for the Commodore Amiga called The Ultimate Soundtracker. It took advantage of the Amiga's "Paula" chipset which mixed digital samples in four hardware channels. This was years before the PC would even get a digital sound card, much less hardware mixing. By playing samples back at note-based frequencies, and arranging them in patterns, the Amiga spit out sound that resembled "real" music more than the C64, Ataris, or the PC bleeper did. And thus, in 1987, the MOD was born.

Growing up PC, it took me a bit longer to discover MODs. It wasn't until 1992 when a Sound Blaster Pro made its way into my 386, and a high school friend gave me a disk with a bunch of MOD files and a player. Immediately, I wanted to make my own MOD music. I was limited to local dialing, so I found nothing until early 1993, when I got my hands on ModEdit. It's a bit different than regular trackers, using horizontal piano rolls instead of vertical number crunching, but it worked. On April 23, 1993, three days before my 17th birthday, I had a 4 1/2 minute tune, VOICES.MOD. It was filled with various "ST-00" samples I scraped from late 80's Amiga MODs in my collection. And on I went, joining KLF/Kosmic (arguably the first netlabel) and #trax on IRC. M5V-ZILA.IT (aka Godzilla), done ten years ago, was my last official module music release. Though by then, MODs had grown into 32-channel, 16-bit XM and IT behemoths. And by "behemoth" I mean the average size was between 500KB to 1MB - still about a tenth the size of an MP3. But did MP3 kill the MOD star? Yes and no. The MOD's smaller size and lighter replay load became moot when hardware grew, but the "tracker" concept has made its way into other music
programs, like Buzz and Renoise. It's quick, and once you get the hang of it, it's easy, so why kill it?

You know what I like the most about MODs? Over the years, the same music, made 10 or 20 years ago, has improved in quality without having to do any remastering. A 100k MOD mixed in 16-bit, at 48KHz, with interpolation and some reverb and EQ, sounds hella-better than on an 8-bit/22KHz Sound Blaster with no filtering, but it's the same tune, and the musician probably made it on that crappy 8-bit Sound Blaster (or an Amiga) to begin with. An MP3 stays the same forever - the sound is "locked in".

So today, I invite you to rediscover the MOD, and 20 years of digital homebrew music.


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fruity loops studio [23 Jul 2007|11:19am]

[ mood | working ]

any one used it, and/or have an opinion on it? looks nice. otherwise, i'll spend some more time with renoise and vst plugins. i was thinking of getting a hw drum machine/generator, but found a cool bassdrum vst over the weekend and hihats/snares can just come from sample collections really.

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[22 Apr 2007|12:09am]

What's the best tracking software for Mac OS X?
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Blip Festival 2006 [30 Nov 2006|07:03am]

damn, just now i found out about this.. happening this weekend! oh well, if you're in the nyc area.. virt's playing tonight!

Blip Festival 2006

THE TANK and 8BITPEOPLES are pleased to present the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools. Familiar devices are pushed in new directions with startling results — Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Game Boys roaring with futuristic floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melody, art-damaged Sega hardware generating fluctuating and abstracted video patterns — and that's only the beginning. An exploration of the chiptune idiom and its close relatives, the Blip Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the history of the form, and will include daily workshops, art installations, and nightly music performances boasting an international roster larger and more far-reaching than any previous event of its kind. Small sounds at large scales pushed to the limit at high volumes — the Blip Festival is an unprecedented event that is not to be missed.

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HELLOOOOOOOO! [21 Aug 2006|12:24am]

Hi there folks,  Just joined.  Been tracking since the Amiga 500 days of yore!!!  These days I use Modplug Tracker just because its friendly as hell and is very good at what it does!!!  Mostly I use tracking to write drum tracks for my band so I can record demos on my PC, but I have a few peices ive written on Myspace.  Mostly Metal (inspired by Cthulhu from Turkey!) and electronic stuff.  Feel free to ridicule it over at....

Necricide - Symphonic Black Metal

Biocorp - Electronic/Industrial/Pop!
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Hello. [02 May 2006|12:38pm]
I joined this community about a week back, and I must say that I think it needs a little more love. There's just not enough trackers on LiveJournal, it seems. -_-

Anyhow, I write music in OpenMPT, and distribute it as mastered MP3/MP4, and OGG files. My most recent works can be downloaded from my FTP server.

Have fun guys. Keep on trackin'. ;p
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chiptunes [11 Apr 2006|10:43pm]

Hey! I've been doing a little project recently that I thought this community might be interested in. It's a Chiptune a Week at http://www.theoldebattleaxe.com.
I'm shooting for real short, real catchy. I have 6 so far. Check them out at
And more will be forthcoming, one a week for at least a year. rss feed oldebattleaxe if you're intersted.
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Found out this morning [05 Nov 2005|12:57am]

tracking + cooking breakfast = burnt bagels
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Hi. [03 Nov 2005|12:18am]

I'm Gaffeizil. I miss opening random files as samples in IT just to see what kind of noise they would make.
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here's to the art of tracking [13 Oct 2005|10:25pm]


Hello. I just found this community. I wish it were more lively, but maybe it will be in the future. Anyway, glad to be here.

I've am fairly new to the tracking world. The only things I've completed so far are this and this as a wedding present for a friend of mine, and the soundtrack for this video game (which my brother-in-law and I made for a video game contest a few weeks ago). I plan to expand my repertoir soon enough.

Anyway, I'm a Modplug man, and I've been tempted to switch to a higher tech tracker such as Madtracker or Renoise, but I'm having a hard time making the switch and they seem too complicated to make the extra bells and whistles worth while. 

So has anyone here gone from a simple tracker to one of these, struggled through the difficulties, and were glad of it in the end? If so, how did you learn to use the new tracker (I found the tutorials to be unhelpful)?


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fnck [22 Sep 2005|10:19pm]

ever wanted to know how many people were ever in kosmic?

no you didn't.

and that ends this night of doing potentially anything else, like eating.
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demodulate returns [24 Feb 2005|09:44pm]

Demodulate (my demo music collection) is back online with a new host and an update. Leech away!
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[22 Feb 2005|03:16am]

Hello, everyone. I'm new around here, I've been tracking for about 10 years, and my favorite tracker is the old DOS Impulse Tracker :)
I have a couple of questions I was wondering you could answer:

1) What is the best substitution for Impulse Tracker in Windows? (Excluding ModPlug or any FT based trackers, or BUZZ), I'd love to get an IT clone for windows that worked exactly the same as the DOS version, but that was able to use more samples/instruments... which leads me to the second question.

2)I've been using IT for a long time, and I've always felt limited because it lets you import only 99 samples; but most of the "good" instruments I've got have lots of samples in them, and therefore I can't use them all (or many of them) if I want (this doesn't happen with ModPlug). My question is: Is there a way to import more than 99 samples/instruments IN Impulse Tracker?

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[19 Feb 2005|03:22am]


some kind of chiptune i did lately: download

you'll probably need this plugin (for winamp&xmplayer) to listen to it:
skale plugin
just place it in your /plugins/ directory and restart your player.

feedback appreciated as hell.
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