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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- APPLE II MUSIC & SOUND FORUM CONFERENCE LOG April 10, 1991 10 PM ET Topic: Starting Your Own Band Forum Leader: Joyce Madden (AFL JoyceM), Forum Assistant: Gene Koh (AFA Gene) Forum Consultants: Greg Dib (ELECTMUSIC), Ed Rosenblatt (AFC Eddie), Lindsay Hough (LindsayGS) Copyright © 1991 America Online All Rights Reserved =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

AFL JoyceM Welcome to the Apple II Music & Sound chat - our discussion will

         be on NoiseTracker - the new FTA music program for the GS.  AFA
         Gene will be our host this evening...Gene, the floor is yours :)

AFA Gene Hi all… well first I'd like to point out, if y'all aren't aware

         yet, that a spanking new version of NoiseTracker has recently
         been released (9 days ago) and is now available in our New Files
         library. It is version 0.5. I haven't played around with it much
         yet, but it's supposed to fix a lot of the little bugs in 0.3
         (the first version we had online).  NoiseTracker also includes
         the ability to directly import "modules," a term used for a
         certain type of Amiga song file which has become popular among PC
         users using the SoundBlaster sound card.
         Now, via NT, these "MOD" files are accessible by the GS. We
         expect to see a lot of activity on this end as far as ports from
         the PC and Amiga go. Note that you should be able to go straight
         to the PC music forum and download any recently uploaded MOD
         songfiles (there was a bug in the first wide release of the PCAO
         software, however, so a bunch of files with dates between around
         March 1991 and September 1991 may not download properly. Note that
         to use these PC MOD files, you'll have to rename the downloaded
         file "MOD.xxxxxx" if you want it to show up automatically in NT's
         "open" dialog box. (On the PC, all MOD files are named
         "xxxxxxxx.MOD" instead.)   Also, if the files are packed with ZIP
         compression, you'll need a program from the Communications Forum
         called AGATE -- it's a terminal program that includes the ability
         to unpack ZIP files.
         Now, I guess the best thing to do would be to talk about our
         favorite songfiles... there have been a few complaints, in fact,
         that people were not being "descriptive" enough in their file
         descriptions for uploads in describing the songs.

AFC Eddie ?

AFA Gene GA ed

AFC Eddie Once a MOD file is unpacked with Agate, is a file type change


AFA Gene Nope, since all that NT looks for is the "MOD." being the first

         four characters in the filename.

AFC Eddie OK, Thanks!

Deanna7332 Question…

JonL7 Can you list some of the features of Noisetracker?

AFA Gene (you don't even need that "MOD." if you want to type the name in


Deanna7332 Did any of these mod files have anything to do with FTA's "Module


AFA Gene Sure Jon, right after we answer Deanna's question. Deanna, you

         mean "Modulae?"

Deanna7332 Yes, that's it.

AFA Gene Modulae was a demo written by FTA last year. (i'll get to you in a

         sec Doors).  It used SoundSmith v0.95 for all it's music. There
         is no connection between MOD files and Modulae by FTA.

Deanna7332 Throughout the demo it said "Loading modules"

AFA Gene Those "modules" are not the same as Amiga soundfile "modules" –

         you see, what Modulae really was was a "stringing together" of a
         bunch of neat little tiny demos that FTA had written. So they
         called each little demo a "module" and thus the entire demo as a
         whole, "Modulae" (fancy plural of module?)

Deanna7332 Ok I understand. Thank you. :)

AFL JoyceM Latin, Gene :)

AFA Gene The term "MODule" from the Amiga comes from the idea that all the

         stuff needed to play the songfile (all the instruments + the
         sequence file) are included into one file, the "module."

TheDoors1 Gene, I have tried to d/l some recent uploaded MODs in the PC

         music area and still the problem exists.

AFA Gene As I understand it, the problem was fixed VERY recently (correct

         me on this Joyce) and files uploaded as recently as early
         November still might not work depending on the version of the
         PCAO software that the uploader used.

AFL JoyceM Actually, Gene…I was under the impression that it had been, but

         if Doors is still having a problem, then it must not be fixed.

AFA Gene What date was the file you tried to d/l, Door?

TheDoors1 umm 11/17, around there

AFA Gene hmmm…. well i can tell you one thing… if it didn't work, don't

         waste your time again later... the problem is in the Apple
         software's method of d/lling files, and there are no plans to
         upgrade the Apple AO software.

AFL JoyceM I will endeavor to get an answer to that PC downloading

         problem/question :)

ThomasK63 i have a quick question… what can you use to unpack amiga mod

         files? On the PC side, that is.

TheDoors1 Agate Thomas

ELECTMUSIC Doors… what happens on after downloading..

Deanna7332 If it's LZHed you can't unless you have an IBM or


AFA Gene If GS-ShrinkIt doesn't have that ability, i don't think there

         exists any such utility on the GS.

TheDoors1 What do you mean Elect?

ELECTMUSIC After you download the file… where do you encounter a problem?

TheDoors1 ok, you know when you download the file and at some point in the

         download the file starts to appear on your screen.  That's when I
         cancel it.

ThomasK63 I am sure soething good can be made w/out resorting to Amiga


AFC Eddie Yes, Doors, I believe the problem is with the PC software it was

         UL'd with.

TheDoors1 yeah Eddie.

GNO Tim Amiga MOD files are typically compressed using LHarc. I've

         uncompressed several on my Unix machine at school.

ThomasK63 good time for someone to make a lharc unpacker…

AFC DYAJim someone might be ;)

GNO Tim Several people are already

AFC Eddie Can't wait, Jim!

AFA Gene Jon, did you have a question?

JonL7 The features of Noisetracker :)

AFA Gene Oh yes… okay, here goes, in a nutshell, from most important to


AFA Gene * ability to import MOD files

  • ability to import Soundsmith files
  • ProDOS 8 based
  • virtually no editing abilities (not a feature but important to



AFA Gene * forgot: and the most important feature of all, the ability to

         hold instrument files in regular system RAM instead of DOC RAM,
         allowing for instruments far beyond the regular 64K limit found
         in ALL other GS music programs.

ThomasK63 I'll buy that!

TheDoors1 I have another question…when you're ready.

AFA Gene GA Doors

TheDoors1 it true that NoiseTracker will take in soundsmith files and

         play them more clearly

AFA Gene Well, as far as "what you hear," yes there is a definite

         difference with some instruments. It does NOT play the sounds
         more "clearly," but it just plays them in a different way. What
         many people seem to like about this "different way" is that
         sustained instruments (i.e. instruments designed to be played
         in a loop to simulate a long held note) seem to work better (or
         perhaps simply the way they were originally intended to work).

TheDoors1 I see

Deanna7332 Which takes up more space - MOD or NT w/soundfile ?

AFA Gene Deanna, it depends a few things, such as how big the sequence is,

         how many instruments you have, etc. Once you have a lot of
         assorted files, it'll probably average out to be about the same
         give or take a hundred blocks on your HD. So it basically depends
         on whether you prefer to have your instruments separate or not.

Deanna7332 Does playing quality differ with either one ?

AFA Gene Nope. It's exactly the same either way. Loading time is the same


AFC Eddie Can NT save songs as MOD files?

AFA Gene Nope. It has options for Open and Close module, but these are

         still inactive.

AFA Gene If there are no more questions, I'd like to talk about which NT

         files out there are the "hottest," since this info could be
         useful to many users who are interested in downloading NT/MOD
         My personal favorite is "Lambada," which is supplied by FTA with
         the program but is available separately on America
         Online.Everything about this file is really impressive except
         perhaps the sound quality of the horn-ish melody instrument.
         What about y'all, what are your favorite NT files?

AFL JoyceM Gene, there is a classical song for NT, but can't remember the

         name, but it is good.

AFC Eddie I like Dragnet!


TheDoors1 I like Seven something

Deanna7332 My most favorite of all mod files is Pleasure Principle

AFC Eddie ←-appreciate's Greg's taste!

AFL JoyceM :)

AFA Gene Deanna, i assume you got that from a local board?

Deanna7332 I got it from the PC forum here.

TheDoors1 I saw it there also

Deanna7332 I think under "Pleasure"

AFA Gene Would you be able to upload it here? If it's really that good, we

         ought to have it available directly in our oun NT lib here (BTW
         folks, we will be releasing a new NoiseTracker software library

AFC Eddie What a Forum!!!

Deanna7332 That sounds great!

AFL JoyceM Gene, do you think it will be possible for synthLAB files to be

         converted to MOD files?

AFL JoyceM MOD files?

AFA Gene I doubt it, Joyce. The formats are so diametrically opposed in

         their entire basis of their file formats that it wouldn't be
         worth the time for a programmer to develop such a convertor.

Deanna7332 Isn't it possible to move the mod file from the PC forum to our

         music library?

AFA Gene But….. it might be worth the time for a MIDI File Format to MOD

         convertor, since these two formats are more widely accepted.

Nuzz they have nothing better to do Gene

ELECTMUSIC Gene.. some interesting similarities with DTune and NTracker

AFA Gene They lose the file, tho, Deanna. :)

AFL JoyceM In what way, Greg?

ELECTMUSIC Both Prodos 8

Deanna7332 Shhh they won't know a thing :)

ELECTMUSIC I also believe Bill uses a shuttling of sound data between Doc

         Ram and Ram.

AFC Eddie Interesting, Greg.

ELECTMUSIC Thats how he gets some of the excellent instrument quality

AFC Eddie But Diversitune has that one distinction: MIDI input.

AFL JoyceM Deanna, we would greatly appreciate it if you would upload that

         'Pleasure' song to our library :)

ELECTMUSIC Agreed Ed.. one of the factors FTA doesn't like to incorporate

         into their programs.

Deanna7332 I'll u/l it tonight if possible.

AFL JoyceM Thanks :)

AFC Eddie Thanks, Deanna!

AFL JoyceM I will send Bill B a copy of NoiseTracker + some MOD files…to

         see what comments we get from him (will send when I get back).

AFC DYAJim What ever happened to that diversitune upgrade that was talked

         about ?

ELECTMUSIC That would be interesting Joyce

AFC Eddie Bill apparently still working on it, Jim.

ELECTMUSIC I am sure he would appreciate the Prodos 8

AFC DYAJim good..

AFL JoyceM Jim…RSN….he was hoping by Christmas (this year), but he is

         soooo busy with his job, who knows?

AFC DYAJim Oh yeah, I noticed the speed calcuation in NT .5 is inaccurate


AFC DYAJim I recall he has set a lot of Christmas projected dates :)

ELECTMUSIC He was one of the first "Free Tools" experts in breaking all the

         rules for economic sake.

AFC DYAJim like for the vaporware DT inst editor like 2 years ago.

Deanna7332 Are there any Christmas Mod or NT songs?

AFC Eddie Oh yeah, Diversi-Editor!

AFL JoyceM I know, Jim - but that I know he has been working on.

AFC DYAJim he projected Christmas for it, and it never came :)

AFA Gene Not yet in AMS, but hopefully the Holiday Contest will change all

         that. :)

AFC DYAJim I look foreward to any upgrades..

AFL JoyceM Not that I am aware of Deanna - you have some? hint, hint

Deanna7332 Nope sorry. I was hoping there were some that could be u/led


AFC DYAJim I'll be breaking out the xmas tune book rsn.. I should be able to

         midi a few :) (which rules out nt)

AFL JoyceM Question…

AFC Eddie It would be more appropriate to have a converter from Appleworks

         spreadsheet to MOD than from MIDI!

AFL JoyceM If I got ahold of an Amiga song (MOD) disk…how would I convert

         them for here?

AFA Gene You mean an Amiga-formatted disk?

AFL JoyceM Yes

AFC DYAJim Ack.. methinks you need an amiga and a null modem cable or a


AFA Gene Methinks Jim is right

AFC DYAJim LOL!! Design your music in the spreadsheet then import to NT :)

         IT might actually have better editing?!! :)

AFC Eddie Right!

AFL JoyceM Me thinks he is right. If I had them upload to me, would that


AFA Gene Yep; should work like a charm.

AFC DYAJim Yah.. as long as they're coming from an amiga

AFL JoyceM Great….I will work on that when I get back (making note now).

AFL JoyceM Gene, will you get some of those files (NT) sent to that area

         tonight?  If so, I will leave the needed message :)

AFA Gene That's all I have planned for tonight's chat, Joyce. Yep, I'll

         move some files right now.

AFL JoyceM Thanks…

AFL JoyceM Then we should have our NoiseTracker Library by end of the week in

         AMS :)

ELECTMUSIC Gene… quick question: Are you launching NTracker from a 3.5


AFL JoyceM Okay, guys…I will see you all the week of December 11th (may the

         4th) as I am off on vacation.

AFA Gene Yep greg

AFC JohnC Where are you going?

ELECTMUSIC Do you encounter out of memory problems

AFL JoyceM Night all…and Gene, thanks for an excellent chat and great

         explanations of NoiseTracker.

Nuzz Joyce, I have good news for FutureSound owners. SoundConvert will

         support it in the first release

AFC Eddie Great, Mike!

AFA Gene Greg, i always keep my RAMdisk at 0 when using noisetracker. Not

         only are

AFC JohnC Mike…SoundConvert…released?

AFL JoyceM Great, Mike. When can we get SoundConvert, Mike? and FutureSound


AFA Gene there a couple of bugs with memory management, but if you're

         loading in a MOD file that's really big, NT will eat your RAMdisk.

AFC Eddie Sounds good.

Nuzz The manual is being "layout". Release date should be about 1st

         week of Dec


AFC JohnC YES…….WTG Nuzz!!!!!!!!

Deanna7332 Yes, why is there on some MOD files a stop somewhere in the middle


Deanna7332 That's really frustrating!

AFL JoyceM Mike, leave me E-Mail on when and how I can send your the $$ to

         get it.

AFL JoyceM Again…night all

Nuzz gee John, I had to do something to explain the delay :)

ELECTMUSIC Thanks Gene for a GREAT chat!

AFC Eddie Yes, Gene! Great!

AFA Gene Thanks Greg, 'night!

AFA Gene thanx, see y'all later :)

AFC Eddie ——————— Log Off———————–

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