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
- Accepted file formats
- Playback (for voting)
- See also
The aym format is particularly tailored for entries using either the AY-3-8910 or YM2149F soundchips
- 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.
MML compiler. Supports a wide gammaut of soundchips as well.
For Atari ST
The following trackers can save to .sndh:
: "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
is another choice, in a beta stage as of the moment. It's more based on the Ultimate Soundtracker and its freeware successor, Noisetracker.
The following trackers save to formats that can be converted to .sndh:
- Sid Sound Designer v3.5p
- Triplex 2k4
- Xlr8 v1.0
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)
- AY YM (soundchip)
- Atari ST (console)
- I Am New To AYM
- I am new to ST YM trackers