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podcasts:

Low-fat Tunes Suitable for Framing:

Tunes are here:

tunes folder
tunes (everything from tunes folder except chip lit).zip

I use Winamp or XMPlay to hear the tunes. I started using XMPlay because I couldn't get Winamp to play the loopy mods right.

About the Tunes:

The non-midi files at chiptape.com are called chiptunes or "mods" (modules). They are very small, very fun. Style is "video game music", "bleep bloop music", NES-style, etc. Filetypes are .IT, .MID, .MOD, .S3M and .XM.

Converting these tunes to MP3, WMA, WAV, ETC.:

Info follows for converting with XMPlay, Winamp and dBpowerAMP Music Converter. Bold are conversions that worked for me. You can download other encoders/plugins/codices from the programs' websites.

XMPlay

(great mod player)

http://www.un4seen.com/

Plays/converts: CDA (converts?) IT MOD MO3 MP1 MP2 MP3 MTM OGG S3M UMX WMA WAV (don't ask) XM

to WAV

I use in_midi.exe to play/convert MID files with XMPlay.

Converting:

Options and stuff > Output > Device:...Note which device is selected before changing anything. This is the normal playback device. Select WAV Writer or WAV Writer - normalize. As long as that is selected, XMPlay will convert files instead of playing them. Change back to the normal playback device when you're done converting.

The converted WAV will loop and fade as per Track looping settings in Options and stuff > Miscellaneous.

Winamp

(great audio player)

http://www.winamp.com/

Plays/converts: AIF AIFF AU CDA IT MID MIDI MOD MP3 MP2 OGG RMI S3M SND VOC XM WAV WMA etc.

to WAV
to MP3
to WMA V1
to WMA V2

The Winamp site is a little risque; player is not, except the demo.mp3 it plays after install - You can delete/stop it.

Winamp 5.08 Classic Skin ran fine on my old Pentium I even though I didn't meet the system requirements.

Extra Audio Output/Effect Support must be checked when installing Winamp 5.08 to enable file converting.

Converting:

In Winamp, go to Preferences > Plug-ins > Output. Note which plugin is selected before changing anything. This is the plugin used for normal playback.

Select Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in... Then check out the Configure options. Now Winamp will convert files instead of playing them. Select the normal playback plugin when you're done converting and want to play (DirectSound output... or WaveOut output... works for me).

MIDI to WAV:

Had trouble with this... found my answer here

dBpoweramp Music Converter

(This is an audio converter, not a player)

Latest version at http://www.dbpoweramp.com/

Converts: WAV MP3 WMA

to WAV
to WMA (requires WMA codec).

If there's profanity in titles or comments and I like the song, I convert to something else. You, too, can stamp out profanity!

Chiptune Sites:

The Best of 8 Bit Collective
melcom's ChipTune Archive
8bit today: 8bit music preservation
High Voltage SID Collection

Chip Lit.:

Like the little texts that come with chips?

Here are the best...in original audio formats, chock-full of 80s pop culture and ASCII art. Best viewed in XMPlay.


mark@chiptape.com