Started by musicalman, August 05, 2017, 15:06:52
Quote1. (...) Because tracking is very grid-based, it doesn't seem as open as midi sequencing. For example making rhythms that aren't so evenly divisible isn't easy to do, though there are potentially workarounds in certain cases. Triplets against strait notes could be a challenge I think. It's not as simple as putting a note here, and another one there, with up to 960 or even more ticks per beat as is the case with a sequencer. Is the grid-like approach part of what makes tracking an art? Is it visually easier to work with than midi sequencing for some people? Or is it actually frustrating to some musicians who are more used to midi sequencing? I have a few other ambiguities in my head with how best to do certain things in a tracker but I'll save those.
Quote2. In Open MPT, it feels uncomfortable to make instruments and even patterns because I haven't figured out how to delete one or move stuff around, so I have to sort of build from the beginning and hope I don't miss something on the way. The reason this bothers me most is that I'm kind of OCD about having things nice and tidy and in order without gaps or odd turns in the sequencing. But I see many modules with orders referencing pattern numbers which look seemingly random. For instance, order 1 might have pattern 4, 2 might have 5, 3 might have 1. And while it sounds organized when you listen to it, to me it seems a little jarring. Sometimes there are huge gaps in the instruments in a module, and the sorting of the instruments seems disorganized. I was wondering if I'm just being too picky, or if there's good reason to want to be more organized, and if so, how to delete patterns and instruments with the keyboard or move them around in their appropriate lists. I haven't found mention of this yet.
Quote3. Last one for this post. What is the tree view useful for? Is it mostly a visual thing allowing you to see the structure of things? I've never really used it, I use the items in the view menu to switch between tabs.
QuoteBy the sound of it, there isn't much keyboard support there?
QuoteDifferent formats seem to have different sample/instrument configurations. For example with .xm modules, if I load a sample, it's assigned to an instrument. But with .it modules, I don't think it works that way because when I load a sample, instruments don't make sound. I suspect the same would be true with Open MPT's format. I know I'm doing something wrong, but I can't really tell what to look for to find the problem.
QuoteWhat's the limit on how many regions you can have?
QuoteWhat module format is recommended, or does that depend on the intended use or something?
Quote from: Saga Musix on April 24, 2018, 11:10:35Instruments are an optional feature in IT while they are required in XM; you can convert all samples to instruments in IT by simply creating an instrument (you will get a message box asking you if all samples should be converted). Once that's done, you can either load your samples directly into a newly created instrument, or you create a new sample slot and answer the message box that asks you if a corresponding instrument should be created with "yes".
Quote from: Saga Musix on April 24, 2018, 11:10:35There is no such things as "regions" in tracker instruments. Every key can have its own sample assignment, but there is no multi-layering.
Quote from: Saga Musix on April 24, 2018, 11:10:35If you don't need to be compatible with anything (such as a game audio engine), go for MPTM. It's the most advanced and most predictable format. In particular XM can behave very quirky in various ways.
Quote from: musicalman on April 24, 2018, 14:55:37I thought I saw mention somewhere that up to 16 samples could be assigned, so I was wondering if that meant I should limit myself to 16 regions in an SFZ. I don't plan on going crazy so 16 would probably be enough for my needs, but if I can do more, it's good to know.
QuoteI do seem to remember mention of xm's qwirkiness before, but I wasn't sure if that was a global thing with trackers and formats, or if XM was just weird. Perusing the manual, it looks like .mptm and .it can be used interchangeably with the former just offering more features, and the latter obviously being useful if I am going to use the module for something, or send it to people who don't have an Open MPT player.
Quote from: musicalman on April 28, 2018, 14:13:32If I hold an arrow key while I'm focused on a slider such as filter cutoff for example, the slider moves as it should. But it seems when I release the key, the focus jumps to the envelope. I guess this is because currently the arrow keys are assigned to move envelope points.
Quote from: musicalman on April 28, 2018, 14:13:32What's really eluding me at the moment is switching between envelopes such as volume, filter, pan etc. In the manual, it says that there is a toolbar in the envelope editor to do that, but I can't find it.