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Hello, I am new to editing mod/xm/s3m tracks, but have made a few songs for mp3. I was wondering what the best free and commercial trackers there are out there, doing searches on the net just yeilds 10 year old dos programs, I want a fully featured Win32 editor.

Also do such things as wav/mp3 -> mod converters exist?

And finally, where can I find some information about what is the best format to use that fmod supports, why is xm better than s3m or vice versa, and what are all the pros cons of each tracker format. I basically want the best sounding format that has a file size relatively smaller than mp3/ogg. I have seen the oggmod format and bet it would be the smallest, but do you have to include the ogg.dll file?

Thanks for any help.

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Skale Tracker ( http://www.skale.org ) is a wonderfull Win32 tracker, it is the “official” Fastracker 3 and it is free. It has all FT2 shortcuts and look and feel. (i recommend it to you)

Renoise is identicaly as Skale but offer more power like full asio support, advanced midi options, excellent IT replayer, robust vst support … it is a shareware ( http://www.renoise.com ).

MadTracker ( http://www.madtracker.org ) is another good tracker. It has some excellent effects like reverb, lfo, resonance, flanger, delay, echoes … an excellent mixers, sampler. IT has all the IT feature plus a better sound (due to the precision of the sound mixer). It is a shareware.

Modplug Tracker ( http://www.modplug.com/modplug/tracker.php3?session= ) offer the same thing than MadTracker but with more some cool features like support for VST, DMO (Direct X object), encoding to mp3, midi instruments, support for 200 channels (!!!) and has a VERY good module replayer engine (one of the best with fmod/bass). It is free.

It is technicaly impossible to convert a wav/mp3/whatever to mod.

FMOD plays almost perfet ALL modules format, including the IT (wich is not the easieast format to support).

You don’t need to know wich format is the better, for now, the two majors are XM and IT files. IT offer some nice features (for me) like nna, resonance, virtual channels …

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COOL, thanks for all the info, ill check out the trackers you have mentioned.

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