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Offline Dissident

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Hi,

after some months of development, I'm proud to present the package "Ultimate Tracker Support" (UTS) from Resistance: http://aminet.net/util/cli/RSE-UTS.lha

A brief overview:

This package includes five different Shell tools for Amiga tracker modules:

- WhichMOD V.1.4 detects main characteristics of standard tracker modules.

- UST2PT   V.1.3 converts Ultimate Soundtracker into Protracker modules.

- OST2PT   V.1.3 converts old Soundtracker into Protracker modules.

- ST2PT    V.1.2 converts Soundtracker into Protracker modules.

- SplitMOD V.1.9 splits standard modules into song and samples data files.


Sixteen different replay routines for 000/0x0 CPUs as assembler sourcecodes:

- UST-Replay27_000_0x0  V.2.0 Ultimate Soundtracker

- DST-Replay6_000_0x0   V.1.0 (old) DOC Soundtracker

- DST-Replay9_000_0x0   V.1.0

- ST-Replay2.2_000_0x0  V.4.0 (old) Soundtracker

- ST-Replay2.4_000_0x0  V.4.1 Soundtracker

- NT-Replay2.0_000_0x0  V.4.0 Noisetracker

- PT-Replay2.3a_000_0x0 V.4.0 Protracker

- PT-Replay3.0b_000_0x0 V.3.8


Overview Tracker Features V.1.0

- I've added a table with different tracker features and a classification of the
  trackers by their effect command formats as a pdf-file and a png-picture for
  the use with multiview.

Some words about the included sourcecodes...

The main focus is on the Amiga tracker replay routines. Any other parts like
turning the system off and on, saving the content of hardware registers
or enabling/disabling interrupts are NOT part of the sources.

The aim is to provide you 100% documented and standardized replay routines
as assembler sourcecodes for different Amiga trackers.

All routines are based on the Protracker 2.3a/3.0b original replay routines.

For every replay routine there's an optimized 68000 and 680x0 version which
is very fast.

Feel free to do further optimizations. ;-)

I've decided to include only the latest version of a replay routine before
fundamental changes happened, like:

- Changing and introducing new effect commands with DOC Soundtracker 4,
  DOC Soundtracker 9, Master Soundtracker 1.0, Soundtracker 2.0,
  Soundtracker 2.3, Noisetracker 1.0 and Protracker 1.0

- Changing from raster independent to raster dependent replay with
  Master Soundtracker 1.0 and Soundtracker 2.0

- Introducing 31 instruments with Soundtracker 2.3

- Changing the interpretation of the repeat point of loop samples from bytes
  to words with Soundtracker 2.5, Noisetracker 1.0 and expanding the effect
  commands

- Adding extended commands with Protracker 1.0

- Changing from raster dependent to raster independent replay with
  Protracker 1.0

- Adding new commands and features with Protracker 3.0


The following trackers are supported by the routines:

- UST-Replay27 V.2.0

  * Ultimate Soundtracker 1.21 - the mother of all trackers =)
  * Ultimate Soundtracker 1.8
  * Ultimate Soundtracker 2.0

- DST-Replay6 V.1.0

  * (old) Soundtracker         1
  * (old) Soundtracker         2
  * (old) Soundtracker         3
  * (old) DOC Soundtracker 4
  * (old) DOC Soundtracker 5
  * (old) DOC Soundtracker 6

- DST-Replay9 V.1.0

  * (old) DOC Soundtracker     9
  * (old) Master Soundtracker 1.0

- ST-Replay2.2 V.4.0

  * (old) Soundtracker 2.0
  * (old) Soundtracker 2.1
  * (old) Soundtracker 2.2

- ST-Replay2.4 V.4.1

  * Soundtracker 2.3
  * Soundtracker 2.4

- NT-Replay2.0 V.4.0

  * Noisetracker 2.x
  * Startrekker   1.x

- PT-Replay2.3a V.4.0

  * Soundtracker 2.5
  * Soundtracker 2.6
  * Noisetracker  1.x
  * Protracker     1.x
  * Protracker     2.x

- PT-Replay3.0b V.3.8

  * Soundtracker 2.5
  * Soundtracker 2.6
  * Noisetracker  1.x
  * Protracker     1.x
  * Protracker     2.x
  * Protracker     3.x


Have fun with it.  ;)

Dissident^Resistance
« Last Edit: March 21, 2020, 10:10:43 by Dissident »

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Re: "Ultimate Tracker Support" (UTS) from Resistance released
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 13:39:28 »
Hi,

 Obviously, a lot of work went into this ! Congratulation for this massive release !
 Now, I understand it's ready-to-use 68k source code. However, the main issue, I guess, will be to locate music material to match those replays :)

 I'm not coder, nor expert in replays. Still, perhaps a little note regarding past experiences and discussions. We have found some cases where a tracker would come with its replay source code. Several times, there was differences between said external replay and the one used in the tracker itself !

 I'm sure you know of this already, but it's always worth mentioning. AMP uses this work : http://weaselaudiolib.sourceforge.net/
 A lot was documented in there as well.

All the best
Sylvain

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Re: "Ultimate Tracker Support" (UTS) from Resistance released
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 14:00:25 »
Obviously, a lot of work went into this ! Congratulation for this massive release !
 Now, I understand it's ready-to-use 68k source code. However, the main issue, I guess, will be to locate music material to match those replays :)
Thanks for your praise, Asle.  :) AMP was the main source for the test mods for my tools! Just check the mods of Karsten Obarski, SLL and Uncle Tom for Ultimate Soundtracker and old Soundtracker mods.

I'm not coder, nor expert in replays. Still, perhaps a little note regarding past experiences and discussions. We have found some cases where a tracker would come with its replay source code. Several times, there was differences between said external replay and the one used in the tracker itself !

Yes, there are many. Replay routine sources sometimes support less effect commands than the tracker editor or loop symples are checked in a different way like in the Ultimate Soundtracker.

I'm sure you know of this already, but it's always worth mentioning. AMP uses this work : http://weaselaudiolib.sourceforge.net/
 A lot was documented in there as well.
Thanks for sharing the link. Also this site was one of the sources for my tracker investigation.  ;)

Kind regards

Dissident

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Re: "Ultimate Tracker Support" (UTS) from Resistance released
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2020, 06:58:20 »
Excellent work Dissident, it is really nice to see that people keep up developping for 68k Amigas. :)

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Re: "Ultimate Tracker Support" (UTS) from Resistance released
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2020, 12:20:06 »
Excellent work Dissident, it is really nice to see that people keep up developping for 68k Amigas. :)
Thank you, Crown.  :)