Galak Sea, the easiest way to create a SPC file (the format needed for this compo), is to use the tracker of your choice, like OpenMPT, to compose a song in the .it format.
You can only use 8 channels and can't use some of the commands and there are some other limitations, but that's part of the fun.
Next, you should download smconv, which can convert your .it file to a .spc file. The download also contains a txt file with all the necessary information on how to do the conversion, how to use the echo and what limitations there are exactly.
If you are confused by the whole thing, just copy your .it file and the smconv.exe to the root directory of one of your hard drives (for example D:. It's just a little but more convineint this way), open your task manager, go to File -> Run new task and run cmd.exe.
In the command window simply type "D:" to go to your D drive and than type "smconv.exe "Name of your .it file" and it will create the .spc file.
You will need something like SPCPLay to play it back.
If you want to use the awesome SNES echo, which you should, simply put something like this in the comments of yout .it file (You can do that in OpenMPT):
eon 1 3 4
The numbers after "eon" determine which channels use the echo, in this case channles 1, 3 and 4. There is more information on the other settings in the smconv help file.
I hope that wasn't too confusing. Someone else surely will be able to explain it better.
MPT's default keyboard layout is trash, which is probably what you have right now. Try changing it in the settings (setup > keyboard > import keys > choose something with ft2 or w/e).
After you're done with that, everything should be fine. MPT runs exceptionally well under wine.
probably the best sounding attempt to my ears, at least as a standalone effect, tho still a bit too clean, bland, and 'daw sounding' perhaps. to date the one plugin that got the echo right was the c700, but it's not setup to allow you to apply the echo on anything else but the internal sampler/emulator
sqwerty: That sounds like a good tool for mocking up SNES entries before conversion! I might give it a try at some point, though for this compo I'm probably gonna stick to C700 (assuming I even enter l o l).
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2017.03.13 12:11pm :: edit 2017.03.13 12:11pm RazerBlue6 and m9m liēkd this
it's one of the most unique plugins in my collection, that's for sure, and I love using it a lot
I hooked zircon up with Harumi to help out with Super Audio Cart back when it was still in development, specifically with the SNES related stuff (specs and whatever) so there's that too, although I don't really know the details in what went on I know at least this plugin is based off the effect in the sample library
Hey folks, since we have so many SPC entries, but not nearly enough cover art entries, I thought I'd add two weeks to make sure we get at least 80 cover entries and give everyone time to delete their SPC entries because everyone knows that battle art deserves the win and hardware ready chiptunes are for jerks.
Thanks so much for the extension. Next week is my spring break so I'll be sitting at my parents house for 7 days trying to unburn myself out from the past 10 weeks of school and also try to get hella music done for this (unless i fuck up spectacularly while reinstalling windows and linux, knock on wood)
would depend. every option has their own limitations, depending on your song it may be more practical to use one method over the other. i don't know the exact specifications of c700's export, but at least from what i've heard, there are definitely both advantages and disadvantages to using it over snesmod, particularly dealing with size issues.
of course none of that will ever beat mml but that's beside the point ;)
I looked up the C700 sound driver code myself. It comes in two varieties: one using only the SPC700 sound chip, and one that streams data from the SNES (and thus is undumpable in .spc format). In both cases, it's mostly delays and DSP register writes, with direct writes to RAM also being an option. This means that the SPC700 program is very small in filesize, but it also means that pitch bends and vibratos work about as well as MIDI for filesize efficiency (in MIDI's case, it has a kind of "auto-vibrato" feature, but I'm not counting that): you have to define the tick steps, and then watch your filesize shoot up (then again, I may be overstepping the converter's bounds... but I'm a hacker at heart, and I could just simply create my own custom music without having to pre-record it first). So SNESMod and MML (actually the Super Mario World sound driver AKA AddMusicK) still have the advantage with pitch bends and vibratos... and repetition. That's another big catch: there's no proper "RLE-like" compression here, either (or even sub-routines/patterns for that matter like what AddmusicK/SNESMod have).
i probably won't vote. i know many people might scream at me that i'm not doing my part as a botbr and stuff, but trust me, i would if i was feeling in the mood.
after that trainwreck of mml conversion and illness (i'm still not 100% well), i just want to take some time to recover (both psychologically and in terms of school) and also spend time with my friends and family. besides that, i also have to get a few more personal things out of the way, like projects i've put on hold because of this.
I would like to some categories with clear meanings. I've already voted and I don't remember if I interpreted wizard to mean compositional wizard or SPC wizard. Or did I use tight for compositional skills? It is, I suspect the opposite of shambolic. Cosmonaut? A literal one? A metaphorical one? There's already spacey. What does it mean?
I don't think having arbitrary/nonsensical categories hurts anything, but having a few categories with a clear definition would help inform people of why their entry did well or fell short.
voting categories have always been open to interpretation; they are only nonsensical if you decline to interpret them! imo the beauty of this is that as an entrant, you will not be overly penalized for not focusing on a specific aspect of composition that is not applicable to your music; and as a voter, you are free to interpret categories as things that are important to you personally, rather than as more "objective" qualities—in the end, enjoyment of music is subjective, so subjective scoring metrics seem fitting to me.
(i understand that this can be confusing or frustrating at first; many a n00b has inquired or complained about this issue at some point or another)
edit: also you can straight up disagree with my perspective and that is fine too
"spacey" i'm floating in space, is this song playing
"tight" my pants are on too tight, oh man the struggle. is this song representing my feels during this difficult time
"wizard" i'm at hogwarts, is this song playing
"cosmonaut" see this is different from spacey because this implies movement, i am SOARING thru space. is this song playing
"such pants cutlery" i am eating a 3 michelin star meal using only utensils found on or in my pants. this song is playing. how satisfying is this experience