I've been playing with it
since it released so here are some observations.
There are many similarities with PMD. Most of the basic commands will work the same way, some other differences I've spotted are:
- Absolute transposition is done with the K
command, while in PMD it's done with _M
. Relative transposition is done with k
instead of _
. Both of these have a +/- limit of 12 on MUCOM88 while PMD can go beyond as long as it's within the note range.
is used to connect sound durations, while this can be done with the &
command on PMD. on PMD the ^
command is used to multiply the note length on the current note.
is used to change the TL setting instead of O
, also you change only one on each command.
is used to increase/decrease the volume relatively, while on PMD it's used to set the absolute volume of the FM/ADPCM channesl (so on MUCOM you can only fine-change the volume via yTL
- For changing volumes on the Rhythm Channel, v n1,n2,n3,n4,n5,n6
(where n1 is the master volume and the subsequents are used to change the individual volumes, while in PMD \V
is used for the master volume and \v
is used to set the individual volumes.
will do a key-on delay. On PMD it's used to change the operators the channel will use (useful mainly for FM3Extend).
- For some reason, on the ADPCM channel the octaves are reversed so o1 is the highest octave and o8 is the lowest.
These were all I could find so far, will update as soon as I find more things.
Now, for some direct comparison between some things that are officially supported in one but not on the other:
- Change FM parameters on the go (DT, ML, KS, AR, DR, SR, SL SR)
- SSG-EG on FM instruments
- Hardware Envelope waveforms on SSG
- Echo buffer
- Create/modify a file with FM presets and use it on the tracks
- Changing instrument by using its name rather than the number
- Windows support, no compile needed, has a built in player and an FM editor.
- Write to multiple channels in the same line
- Key signatures
- SSG PCM
- Use your own samples
- PPZ8 (up to 8 additional PCM channels on the 86 soundboard)
- Use envelopes on PCM
- Documentation translated to english
In the personal side, MUCOM does outdo PMD in various things, but at least until I'm allowed to use my own samples on it I'll stick to PMD because some of the differences I mentioned are a huge deal for me and made the proccess of MMLing the track I linked way slower than it would be in PMD.