Monday May 15 2000 16:41:49
This is a dead project. It was fun to code, but xm is much too restrictive and
much too hard to use. I think of something easier and with a better quality
(my player was sucking a lot). It will be less realtime, but based on samples,
something like cubase audio or something. But well, the future will tell...
So, the last release will be 0.0.6, some bugs in there, but well, if you really
want a tracker go get soundtracker.
program is a soundtracker, designed to work under GNU/Linux. It is based
on X-window system (Xlib).
soundtracker is a program used to create music, using samples. We play
different samples at the same time, with different frequencies and different
effects on it. This comes directly from the demo scene, first starting
on amiga, now the PC is well represented on it.
particular program recognize the xm format.
A problem may appear, depending of your configuration. You can have this
message when running the program :
X Error of failed request: BadName (named color or font does not exist)
Major opcode of failed request: 45 (X_OpenFont)
Serial number of failed request: 34
Current serial number in output stream: 78
or something similar.
To solve this problem, you'll have to edit the file
interface/interface.c and replace the fonts' names
with others. Dave Phillips (creator of the "linux MIDI and sound
applications", see links at the end of the page) did this :
I've successfully compiled and run Xsoundtrack on a RedHat 5.2 system,
kernel 2.0.36 (my compile). I made one repair: on first compile the app
died immediately on opening, with an X error advising a bad or missing
font. I grep'd for 'font' in the interface directory, found the LoadFont
stuff in interface.c, and discovered (with xfontsel) that I did not have
the utopia-medium font. So I switched it to the utopia-regular which I
do have and the application now opens and runs fine. Thanks, Sed !
If someone knows what files are needed for this font and how to
install them, please tell it to me so I can help people solving
this (by now, no time to look for this by myself).
What's new :
0.0.6 (Tue Apr 6 1999) :
The amiga frequence stuff was buggy in 0.0.5, that's the first
reason of this new release.
Then, it now uses "select", so the behavior may appear strange at some
places. Please contact me if you find any strange thing in there.
And i have done an assembler mixer too, so there may be some new
bugs, even if i used it without noticing any. (Note that the assembler
stuff needs nasm,
the netwide assembler, which makes asm coding easier for all people who
have learned it with intel syntax, not at&t one.) (Note that a precompiled
assembler mixer is included in the distribution, do "make with-asm-precompiled"
to use it.)
The player now uses an assembler mixer, which speeds up things of
a factor of 50% (yes, the C one was ugly). But it is still far
from the performances of midas, but in the future, things will
No change, except that the "select" may introduce strange behaviors.
Contact me if you find any, thank you.
0.0.5 (Thu Apr 1 1999) :
Some bugs fixed. Surely lot none.
I changed things a little, so if you find a problem playing your modules
please tell it to me, so i can correct this (or better, correct this yourself
and tell me what to change :)).
Auto vibrato and auto fadeout are done. So, it's almost finished. Rest
interpolation to do. But i am absolutly not sure if all is correctly handled.
In the next releases, there will be some assembler, because the player is very
very slow. It now opens /dev/dsp only when playing, which is the way all sound
programs should do to coexist.
No big changes, a little with file selector, so now you can give a path name
directly, it will jump to it when you press "escape".
0.0.4 (Mon Jan 4 1999) :
Some bugs fixed.
A lot of the effects are now implemented (all, except E5x), but i am not very
sure if they are well handled, so i need big feedback. Ripper's module is still
not well played, but he has done it in a way not compatible with specifications
i think, so. Not yet done is interpolation of samples and auto vibrato/fade out
of an instrument.
Nothing new, the next releases will surely contain news here.
0.0.3 (Mon Dec 28 1998) :
Some bugs fixed.
Added some effects (all the jumps, all what's related to panning and volume).
There is a module from Ripper which is only well played by Xsoundtrack (all
other trackers and players i've tried (ft2, mikmod, soundtracker, xmp, usmp, it)
bug) (well, a little bug not yet fixed makes me say wrong things, but 0.0.4
will be ok),
interface : Nothing new.
0.0.2 (don't remember the date) :
Features stereo, almost full instrument implementation. A lot remains
to do (no effects, mixer is 44100Hz 16b stereo with no choice of
Features full pattern editor, full instrument editor, sample editor
(misses a lot, effects on sample to do, some bugs here and there),
file selector. Need an option editor (for interface setting and mixer setting).
Here you can
download it; choose the release you want (the latest is the best, of course) :
And you can find a documentation
on how to use the program.
Screen shots :
I was asked about screen shots.
Here it is (0.0.4 release under fvwm).
you'll enjoy using this program as much as i enjoyed making it.
Related links about sound under linux, soundtracker :
Last update : Mon May 10 14:56:08 MET DST 1999
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