Malfunction, adlib-wizard from Poland. Saturday, 21st October 2006, 16:49|
Hello everybody! It's my first post here :) I'm very happy that AdT2 is so popular :)
vyruss, opl3-geek from USA. Friday, 20th October 2006, 0:14
@Essentric from comment on 10/2/2006
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Wednesday, 18th October 2006, 15:07
Alrighty, thanks alot for the tips. I'll see if I can get anything good from that... which I probably will. And experimenting away I go!
btw mad props to the authors of this site and the great tracker... keeping the good sounds of FM alive. It's a pity they have for the most part all but destroyed FM in new sound standards... wavetable just sounds like rotting garbage.
Malfunction/Altair discovered some AdT2@Compaq live show action on YouTube here:
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Monday, 16th October 2006, 8:10
drx> OMG, that photo makes my heart beat like crazy :) Anyway, I can see it's not the very recent version you are using there, is it? (noticed that the current row in Pattern Order is only highlighted - not with the same color cursor as in Pattern Editor like in new version ;)
drx, musician from Germany. Sunday, 15th October 2006, 14:34
sub0> I bought a Thinkpad 760 EL for 50 € recently on eBay. But the install of Win95 is bad, so i have to reinstall before i can tell you if the OPL is good.
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Saturday, 14th October 2006, 19:41
Check this out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/miserychick/5406610/
Bodenstandig 2000 roX0ring Deitch in New York City, with AdlibTracker of course!
Da!NyL> Great work, bro! Four thumbs up (both hands and legs :)
Da!NyL, coder from Germany. Saturday, 14th October 2006, 16:49
I released a little A2T-Player (Adlib-Tracker-Tiny-Module; saveable by CTRL-F2 in the Tracker) for Windows&Linux. It doesn't require any OPL3-Chip, as it uses the DosBox/MAME OPL3 core by Jarek Burczynski and subz3ro's A2T replay code. It's still very early in development (NO Fileselector; NO Seeking; NO Playlists) but it plays A2T modules & can record them to .wav. Best used with a norton-commander-clone. Head over to the Links and get it, test it and have fun!
Mats Jansson, another visitor from Rebel State - www.myspace.com[. Monday, 9th October 2006, 21:42
Oh, missed that!
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Monday, 9th October 2006, 15:17
Essentric> Yup, you're right! Plenty of CPU horses are required for DosBox. Only now, with E6600 and CPU cycles set to 30.000 in Dynamic mode is the tracker running smoothly. But it's a non-sense to have Core 2 Duo processor, just to emulate a DOS program, indeed ;)
Essentric, musician from Australia. Monday, 9th October 2006, 4:31
There is already a player that runs in DOS called AD2Play that comes with the main sequencer, although you would need real hardware. If you are referring to a player that will play the file on any windows computer, is that there first needs to be a good quality synth emulation engine made dedicated to OPL3. the only synth engine that is capable of OPL3 emulation is Dos Box, but you need plenty of CPU juice to run it. Read the FAQ of this site then you will know why.
Mats Jansson, musician from Rebel State - www.myspace.com/. Sunday, 8th October 2006, 21:11
Why don't you make a player for these things so people can record them, at tape without any trouble?
Essentric, musician from Australia. Monday, 2nd October 2006, 3:13
Come to think about it, if you look at a Kick drum sample on a graph, you can observe that there is a sinewave component that falls rapidly in frequency as it fades after the hairy bit at the start which represents the percussive component. Oh and thanks for your input, Vyruss. :) I was just suggesting a few things that may help you with your drums. If you like Trance music, try composing Trance, as the genre thrives on FM synthesis. Speaking of Trance, I have to finnish my piece and post it. See you later and good luck :)
Essentric, musician from Australia. Monday, 2nd October 2006, 3:03
Well I have mastered how to make powerful sounding kickdrums so I have different ideas for the sample channel, so has Encore, and a few other artists. There are of course different types of percussion that cannot be reproduced on the OPL. The secret behind making a perfect kick drum is the portamento fall, make a quick percussive timbre with a sinewave hangover, then try different portamento fall speeds in the tracker pattern order untill you achieve the fat bassy kick sound. Have a listen to Encore's "FM house" and look at how he programmed the kick. Once you got it, it is easy. Use the similar concept for snare, mix a falling portamento sinewave with another channel making a percussive hiss. I havent got the hihats quite right but they are close, for hihat, well a lot of experimentation is involved but it can be rewarding. To get the most out of the OPL, DO NOT be conservative, try every setting you can imagine.
vyruss, opl3-geek from USA. Friday, 29th September 2006, 1:51
Reading through these posts, I am happy to see I am not the only one to consider the ideal of adding at least one channel for samples. 4-op FM is a great way to get things done, however a drum just doesn't sound quite so robust as a sampled version of a drum does.
Essentric, musician from Australia. Tuesday, 26th September 2006, 15:00
Personally in my spare time I create OPL3-style versions of old videogame and arcade songs as a sort of hobby. Just the thought of how these would sound with drum samples makes me feel all tingly inside. Regardless of that, I just like to say that you've got quite a nifty little tool made up here. It's the only thing I can stand to even look at anymore as the effects are very easily memorized and the tracker layout is just smoooooooth.
The Ensoniq ES1370, better known as the Creative Soundblaster PCI-64 since Creative bought out Ensoniq Technology to join the PCI card market. It emulates the OPL3 but, it sounds really weird, it sounds as if the FM emulation is done by wavetable samples of FM synthesis, making the BGM sound absolutely out of whack in the first person shooter DOOM, hard to explain what it sounds like but terrible enough for me to turn the BGM off. That drove me to install the Vibra16 as the legacy DOS audio card.
Essentric, musician from Australia. Tuesday, 26th September 2006, 14:38
Wavetable sucks unless it is the CASIO SK1 playing your flatulance, growls and grunts melodically but thats another matter :D
flegmatical, musician from Norway. Tuesday, 26th September 2006, 5:21
Man, it is nice to know that there is a PCI card with the chip encorporating the holy grail method of modern electronic synthesis :) I actually managed to have two soundcards running in my computer at some stage, One ISA , and one PCI card to get the best of both worlds of genuine SB16 standard and the high data traffic capabilities of PCI bus audio. All you need to do is disable SB emulation on the PCI card to free resources for the true SB card, then connect the PCI card into the "Line in" of the ISA, then the output of the ISA card is your final output. It allows more sound polyphony in windows too :)
It works! I'm running AT2 in Win XP with my PCI YMF724F-V card. Just had to free up the 388 port with UserPort. :D
FM Dork In Between Old and New, musician from Yes, Countries are good.. Tuesday, 26th September 2006, 1:35
Just wondering...is there any chance at all of a windows port of this program that takes the opl3 emulation from DOS box for it's sound output while retaining all of the features already available in the DOS version? I think it would be a great alternative version...Hell, I'd do it myself, but it's hard enough for me to use programs, much less MAKE them. :) Just an idea, though, which I'm sure has been brought up before...if it has, feel free to verbally punch me in the face.
Essentric, musician from Australia. Thursday, 21st September 2006, 1:09
I did some discussion with Encore about the implementation of a sample channel, and came to the conclusion that it will really spiff things up, giving Adlib Tracker an increased chance to reach mainstream and make the OPL more famous. The scenario of making small A2M files would still be around to fit in with Malfunction Altair's rules, it will just give artists an added option to add sample based SFX or percussion for even more interesting sounds that cannot be created by FM synthesis. If I was a coder I would help add the function, But I dont :( Everyone, what do you think about a sample channel added to FM?
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Monday, 18th September 2006, 14:13
drx: OMG, I thought I won't see you again *grin* Welcome to our community here!
flegmatical, musician from Norway. Monday, 18th September 2006, 2:39
Speaking of the Thinkpad notebook-- are they still available in the second-hand shops with PC equipment in Germany? How much does it currently cost? I thought of buying one specially for AdT2 purpose ;)
Just some new info, seems like the Yamaha YMF72x line of sound cards are PCI and actually have real OPL3. Just bought myself an YMF724F-V off ebay(0.88$) to check if this is correct.
drx, musician from Germany. Sunday, 17th September 2006, 13:26
I use an IBM Thinkpad 760 XL and the built-in OPL3 sounds awesome! No wonder these computers costed a fortune in 1996. It is a very robust and heavy Laptop that runs Win98 SE and also is great for live AdlibTracker concerts.
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Saturday, 16th September 2006, 19:20
TiZZ: This is no silly question, you can bet! :) It's been considered many times... either by me, or other people involved in this "project". I can say you only one thing for now- that there is some progress currently going on in this topic... we'll see what we can do (resp. what Da!NyL can do with the OPL3emu portion to Pascal :)
TiZZ, coder from England. Saturday, 16th September 2006, 5:12
This may be a silly question but have you considered doing a win32 console
Essentric, opl3-geek from Australia. Saturday, 2nd September 2006, 3:44
version of Adlibtracker (using the opl3 emulation from DOSbox???)
Hi Found this site finally, I have just installed the AWE64 card, and found that it is just a Vibra 16C (My previous card) with a wavetable extension. I have noticed that there are indeed two different versions of the OPL3. The older version seems to require more latency, and tends to have artefacts on lower frequencies, making the bass sound a little sharper on Subz3ros cover "WHats love." The AWE 64 and of course the Vibra seems to have a faster (no latency needed), cleaner OPL3.
Brendan Bailey, musician from USA. Friday, 25th August 2006, 5:45
Although I do experience that the newer OPL3 still has a tencency to make clicking noises, which in most cases can be resolved by carefully adjusting the attack and release settings. depending on the desired timbre setting the sustain EG type to on, and adding the note release commands somewhere before the next note further reduces the chance of getting those annoying clicks.
Listening to the song while tweaking the timbre to fit in tends to bring out great results on the final piece, which is the sa
Hey guys, could someone do me a quick favor? I need someone to listen to anyone of my songs and tell me if the notes written are actually the notes played. The reason I am asking this is because in every song I composed with AT2, it seemed that every note I wrote was a half step lower than concert pitch (so if I wanted to hear a C natural, I'd have to write a C# instead). I am just wondering what you guys are hearing because the demo song on the downloads page sounds like it is up a half step than what I am hearing when played through AT2. Thanks!
elan, musician from Slovakia. Saturday, 12th August 2006, 17:03
I tryed that BRMTracker.Nice one.But it sounds not so nice as original OPL2/3 but it is nice idea...
flegmatical, musician from Norway. Friday, 11th August 2006, 4:00
Any sites/mailinglists/whatever you guys go to to share OPLx songs etc? I can't seem to find any that are alive...
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Sunday, 23rd July 2006, 19:15
Hmm, just quickchecked the FM emulation in BeroMiniTracker... from rough "hearing", it sounds like
Wildcraft, musician from Australia. Friday, 21st July 2006, 21:40
Ken Silverman's OPL emulator is used (imho) :) Well, a better choice would be Tatsuyuki Satoh's emulator,
which is (again, imho) far better, instead.
Just for your interest, the developer of Berotracker has a program called BeroMiniTracker which is a tracker that emulates the opl2/opl3 chip. I don't know how well it emulates the opl as I haven't compared them as yet. You can import .hsc files.
Moogle!, another visitor from The disgrace that is America.. Sunday, 9th July 2006, 19:52
The link is :
I've found another solution to the awful noise from the cards.
Pauli, newbie from backwoods of the backwoods. Wednesday, 5th July 2006, 18:48
Changing the settings in your BIOS for 8 bit recovery time to "8" and 16 bit recovery time to "4" made my SB16 SCSI and AWE32 work properly with not only this program but also the music in Populous plays properly.
I theorize that (Not tried this for sure) it's only the 16 BIT setting that needs adjusting. You have NA (or 0) 1, 2, 3, and 4.
You may want to experiment with both 8 and 16 bit.
Some BIOS' don't have these options.
Also, some systems may have jumpers or dip switches or BIOS settings the control BUS speeds. Before changing these (consult your documentation PLEASE), try the afforementioned Recovery time settings.
If they still don't work, then look into the BUS speed settings. SOme cards will not work properly if the bus speed is too high.
Itīs working!!! Altering the OPL latency to "1" solved it. Sounds super kewl!!! I must have an older chip in the card then? Is there any remarkable differences in the sound compared to an OPL 3, as in the AT-sound?
Pauli, newbie from Finland. Tuesday, 4th July 2006, 12:28
Thanks again, gotta get down to some serious tracking now..
Hi everyone, thanks for quick response, Iīm running it under win 98. Hve to look at those settings in bios as well. Coluld be a bad driver? Although Ft 2 works... I have to get At II working.
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Tuesday, 4th July 2006, 8:13
Pauli: A silly yet still indication question-- are you running the tracker under DOS (w/ EMM386, ... ?) or under Windows (95/95/ME/XP/Vista, ... ?) environment? ;)
encore, adlib-wizard from Sweden. Monday, 3rd July 2006, 18:01
Pauli: Hmm, sounds strange. My other SB16 - a CT2290 - works fine in AT II, and from what I can see, there's not much difference in the specs. Check out the info on this page.
Pauli, newbie from Finland. Saturday, 1st July 2006, 13:05
You can alter the OPL latency by editing adtrack2.ini. Other areas I would check are BIOS settings (if any) regarding ISA, the SET BLASTER-parameters and the other settings in adtrack2.ini. Or, if you've played anything by HYDRA, that's probably how they're supposed to sound.. :D Keep us informed on your progress!
Hello purists, found a computer with an ISA slot and installed a SB16 CT2230 card in it. it has an OPL chip just that looks just like the one in the close up photo in the front page of this site, tested it with Ft2 and it is working fine. When I run AT II and play some modules that come with the program I hear the weirdest distorted noise ever heard so far. Does that particular card not work with AT II? Iīve got another SB16 CT2770 value, which so far doesnīt work at all. Wondering if itīs the crappy computer (pII 350 Mhz, 64 ram) that causes the problems? How do you alter OPL latency? Could that be it?
psy_ill, opl3-geek from Sweden. Thursday, 1st June 2006, 2:22
As I recall, the ct4740 does _not_ work with adlib tracker. Right now I don't remember why, I belive that particular model is missing an opl-chip (it uses wavetable for midi sound), I think I have a ct4740 lying around somewhere but I'm too tired (and a bit too drunk) to go fetch it right now just to check it out.
dschano, newbie from D. Monday, 22nd May 2006, 17:01
Of course, you could always use a emulator of some sort to get the sound of a virtual opl-chip through the pcm-channel of your ct4740. I had success running the latest version of adlib tracker using dosbox and linux for x86, though it sounds rather crappy.
since keycommands and abilitys of adlibtracker are in my mind its really a fun.
flegmatical, musician from Norway. Monday, 22nd May 2006, 0:42
is there a community for exchanging and discussing adlibtracker stuff?
And how about the CT4740 (Sound Blaster 16 PCI), does that work with adlib tracker?
flegmatical, musician from Norway. Sunday, 21st May 2006, 19:38
There are some AWE64D's here:
elan, musician from slovakia. Saturday, 20th May 2006, 17:31
2 Subz3ro: ZAJTRA NAPISEM MAIL...
encore, adlib-wizard from Sweden. Friday, 19th May 2006, 19:40
Hmm, I noticed "We currently offer NO support for MAC, WinNT or DOS". I wonder if that complicates things or not. Oh, probably not, since it's the USB-part they're talking about. Oh well, if you buy it, a status report would surely be nice. :)
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Wednesday, 17th May 2006, 12:05
elan> What is the price of this babe? It's kinda obscurely shown at the page, so I don't know what is it exactly. $129 (US)?? Pretty much, IMHO :( Anyway, if really working, it's still worthy ;) If you are also interested in ordering this, write me to my email so we could think about some mailing fee discount!
elan, musician from slovakia. Monday, 15th May 2006, 20:07
[Mozes kludne pisat po slovensky... :-]
elan, musician from slovakia. Monday, 15th May 2006, 20:07
Check this out.Very stupid price but cool device!!! ISA->USB reduction!!!
subz3ro, another visitor from Slovakia. Saturday, 13th May 2006, 16:42
Trackers need OPL3 USB SOUNDCARD and windows/LINUX opl3 tracker...
nim> Nah, I wish I could... but this ain't one of those "easy to get in music stores", and indeed the mailing fee would easily surmount the price of CD itself :'-/
nim, musician from Sweden. Thursday, 11th May 2006, 11:01
if you are also fm-vgm-nerd check out this album!
yew, musician from Finland. Sunday, 23rd April 2006, 10:19
for shinji hosoe fm-music check out arcade or x68000 sound-rips of dragon saber and dragon spirit (great)
subz3ro, coder from Slovakia. Friday, 21st April 2006, 10:02
To Moogle!> SW emulation makes clearly audible difference to what is supposed to be heard from OPL2/OPL3. Just take one of the more 'chippy' tunes (let's say, "Ben\fm63b_rv.a2m" makes use of most chip effects) and play it both on regular OPL-chip card and the AOpen AW320, so you can say if there's any difference ;)
Moogle!, listener from US. Tuesday, 18th April 2006, 16:45
I have found another PCI soundcard capable of running ADTRACKERII, an AOpen AW320. Not sure if it's FM section is built into the chip or emulated, but it works either way in Windows 98 with the AOpen drivers. Ver 2883.
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Will check 2K some other time. :p