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aym (format)

AY-3-8910 / YM2149
token - aym

points - Chipist

file types - .ay .ym .snd .pt3

max filesize - 10mb

description - Sound chip found in both Atari ST & ZX Spectrum as well as Intellivision, Vectrex, MSX, Amstrad CPC, Oric 1, and more.
recommended players for playback - ay_emul & SndPlayer
AY-3-8910 YM2149
  1. Trackers
  2. Accepted file formats
  3. Playback (for voting)
  4. See also
Entry created by AY-3-8910/YM2149F soundchip


For Windows

- Vortex Tracker II (saves to *.snd, *.sndh, *.pt1, *.pt2, *.pt3, *.stc, *.sqt, *.asc, *.psc, *.psm, *.fls, *.gtr, *.ftc, *.fxm, *.ay) link

Too many to list at present.
XPMCK mml compiler

For Atari ST

The following trackers can save to sndh:

- maxYMiser: "Free, features a full MIDI implementation, and easy to use FastTracker II style editing." It is still having updates as of june 2020. Probably the most used ST tracker nowadays. Example video of maxYMiser in action

- MusicMon v2.5e
has a more graphical interface, maybe easier for n00bs, especially when it comes to sound design. Definitely worth a try. Video of MusicMon
in action.

The following trackers save to formats that can be converted to sndh:

- Sid Sound Designer v3.5p
(needs converter)
- Triplex 2k4
(needs converter)
- Xlr8 v1.0
(needs converter)

The converter (SNDHconv
) and the trackers run on Atari ST, hardware or emulated.

Extensive list of YM ST trackers
, most not convertible to accepted formats.

Accepted file formats

File format choosing rationale:

Since it's the most modern format, they allow more effects because the conscious mindset when created was pushing the hardware to its limit. Surpasses ym revision 1 through 6.

The defacto standards on the scene (cross compatible on pc/original hardware)

Surpassed BUT legacy. Saving in this for either Atari ST/ZX Spectrum is a downgrade in quality/possibilities.

They are all very playable in different OSes and computer architectures, though.

Playback (for voting)

There are plugins for both xmplay and winamp but they don't seem compliant with Vortex Tracker II exports. Fortunately the Vortex peeps have their own player :
ZX Spectrum Computer Sound Chip Emulator
(Windows) Plays back AY-3-8910 on ZX Spectrum and others.

(Just Another Musicplayer: plays .sndh, .mod and some other formats on Windows and Atari ST)

See also

- AY YM (soundchip)
- Atari ST (console)
- Format
- I Am New To AYM
- I am new to ST YM trackers