IrrlichtProject asked several questions about the SampleTracker.
Q: what kind of samples work correctly on ZX-Sampletracker?
A: It loads even regular PC WAVs, hehe. But it adds a click on beginnings of instruments (which is a header that's audible here) that means SampleTracker probably prefers rather un-signed samples. If not - let me know, will check dis out.
I'd say SampleTracker will work the best with unsigned RAW files. 8bit quality and 16000hz should be OK for it.
However You should remember that the program is designed for ZX Spectrums with 48Kb only, so Your instruments _must_ be small. Normally, for ZX48K I make samples 1-3Kb big. The program plays on ZX the 8bit samples with quality required for hardware You have.
Which in ZX case means:
- when You switch into Covox, then You hear 8bit quality of Your music.
- If You have only the standard config - Spectrum48 with AY-interface, then You will hear 4bit quality of the samples.
- And also - on the basic config - alone ZX48 - You will have Your song in 1-bit quality (beeper). Of course still 3 channels.
Q: Been trying to wrap my head around it for some time now, but I just can't figure it out. How do I change the octave, for example?
A: Yupp, it can be kinda tricky sometimes. To change octave press EDIT and only then press 1-6 (in 2.1 version, and 1-3 in 2.0 version).
Change tempo: "5" and "8" (but NOT in the EDIT mode, btw ).
Q: And more importantly, how do I prepare a .tap with samples that will actually work?
A: Well, as for me, actually I don't. I use a disk version of SampleTracker - v. 2.1 (it's for Spectrum 128K only). Its final song (MOD, we could say) is still fully compatible with Spectrum48, so finally You can record Your song from real hardware after all.
I prepare a regular 8bit mono sample on CoolEdit or anything (samples should be small, let's say 1-3Kb) and then I simply copy them into *.trd diskette image with single F5 key, under AMD program.
SampleTracker is old (early 90s) and has no VOLUME command. Therefore, when I want to have 'delay' on my leading traxx, I make two versions of the same sample - louder and more silent. Et voila.
Last edited by YERZMYEY (March 12, 2013 7:08 pm)