Trackers

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Galaxia, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Galaxia

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    So we know there's an abundance of trackers for 8 bit consoles such as LSDJ and Famitracker- but is there an actual tracker for the SEGA MegaDrive as of late? I'd love to have a crack at making chiptune using a MegaDrive...
     
  2. Overlord

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    To my knowledge, no - your best bet is to make an XM up with OpenMPT and then use XM3SMPS (Or XM4SMPS if you can figure out how the hell the interface works. I can't).
     
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  4. Galaxia

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    Ouch, was kind of hoping for a cartridge based deal such as LSDJ... nonetheless I'll have a dabble with TFM tomorrow when I'm not knackered from doing a two hour essay on the importance of Hamlet's madness within the play. :argh:

    On that note, has no one attempted to create anything similar to a tracker? Wasn't there a sound engineering kit or something similar on drx's site or is that something different?
     
  5. TmEE

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    the GEMS, it is PC+MD combo setup, PC has interface and tools, MD does sound... much like my own tracker right now, except you only need regular flashcart not specialized HW on MD side :argh:
     
  6. roxahris

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    Considering XM4SMPS's interface is just XM3SMPS's, but in tabs, that's... pretty sad.
     
  7. Overlord

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    Well, I actually managed to make a VGM using 3. *shrugs* Maybe I should have another look at 4, but whatever...
     
  8. nineko

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    I was about to make a dedicated smps tracker. But I realised it was pointless since you could just convert from XM files anyway.

    Maybe in one of my next lives I'll think again about that...
     
  9. Moogle!

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    I realize programming is a non-trivial job, but it nonetheless kind of irritates me that everyone has darted around making a proper Genesis sound system tracker.
     
  10. Armada

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    TFM Music Maker 1.3 is supposedly a Genesis tracker. I'll see if that's true.

    <a href="http://shiru.untergrund.net/software.htm" target="_blank">http://shiru.untergrund.net/software.htm</a>

    EDIT: Seems to be sound emulation rather than output. You can export a VGM.

    EDIT 2: It's just a really bad tracker in general. Stay away.
     
  11. Moogle!

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    TFM wasn't meant to be a Genesis tracker to start with. I forgot which machine it was supposed to be for.
     
  12. muteKi

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    YM2203, basically.

    I adore it, honestly.
     
  13. nineko

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    I hate TFM for several reasons. But this isn't a thread about TFM so I'll go back on topic.
    The thing which is closest to a Genesis tracker is TµEE's music engine, though it's not public yet. From what I gathered, it consists of a tracker on the PC side in which you write your songs, which then get saved in a format replayable by said TµEE's engine on the Genesis.
     
  14. TmEE

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    My tracker has some semi-functional real HW control setup in it aswell (some additional HW is needed)... heavy bugs and lack of motivation prevent me from finishing things....