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wasp
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#1 - Posted: 7 Feb 2015 17:57 - Edited
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I've begun recording a tutorial for Protracker 2.3d on YouTube. Every episode will be around five minutes and focus on one command at at time. Right now there are only four episodes, but every command will be dealt with. I hope you like it!

Link to YouTube playlist
z5
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#2 - Posted: 7 Feb 2015 19:40
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Watched them all. Good and interesting tutorials, each focusing on one command. Brings back memories from messing in protracker all those years ago. It's incredible how many good tunes were made with that tracker.
Lonewolf10
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#3 - Posted: 8 Feb 2015 00:59
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Sounds great, bookmarked for future viewing (I'm too sleepy right now).
malmix
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#4 - Posted: 8 Feb 2015 08:38
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Yup, good stuff!
jack_3d
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#5 - Posted: 2 Mar 2015 07:44
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Nice, Thank you.
dodke
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#6 - Posted: 4 Mar 2015 08:51 - Edited
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There's now even a PT 2.3D clone / port for modern platforms if someone hasn't seen it yet: http://16-bits.org/pt.php

Looks good, the non-system mouse cursor is a bit annoying (= laggy) on a mac at least and I can't seem to be able to delete a note since my keyboard doesn't have a delete key.
wasp
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#7 - Posted: 4 Mar 2015 15:53
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This tutorial is made in that clone, and I explain some of the features and differences too. I also explain how to delete notes on Mac. :)

Make sure to update the clone frequently as Eightbitbubsy uploads new versions quite often.
Frog
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#8 - Posted: 11 Mar 2015 23:15
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Thanks for this nice tutorial.
bonkers
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#9 - Posted: 16 Mar 2015 20:32
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Excellent tutorial, got a mate of mine who never owned an amiga before to start using protracker, setting up an Amiga for him at the moment so he can use the real thing.
wasp
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#10 - Posted: 9 May 2015 18:11
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The tutorial is now complete!

All commands are covered and lots of quirks are revealed!

Coders will probably hate me for the last one, since there are some tricks, bugs and quirks that probably won't work in replayers. My opinion is; if it works in PT2.3d, it should work in all replayers.

This is a topic for another forum thread though, so for now, please enjoy! :)

YouTube link to the extensive, powerful, wonderful and last effect command
Blueberry
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#11 - Posted: 10 May 2015 21:18
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Just watched the last episode. Really interesting and well explained. I now see that I simply have to implement the ED command in the Cinter converter, including that weird quirk, of course. :)

Also, EE should be very easy (it's basically just a temporary speed change), and E6 could be a lot of fun to try to get right. And detect infinite loops and such... :)
blakkhar
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#12 - Posted: 11 May 2015 11:55
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wasp: Did you compare commands to PT3.62? :-)

E6 is one of my favorites. Used it in both cases you mentioned.
wasp
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#13 - Posted: 11 May 2015 14:20
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blakkhar:
wasp: Did you compare commands to PT3.62? :-)


Nope, even if PT3.15 is actually my weapon of choice, I always test it in 2.3d before releasing, since it's (according to me) the demoscene standard. It's also a good idea to try it with PT-replay, Hippoplayer and ThePlayer too, especially when experimenting with E commands or other quirks and tricks. A module that works in 3.xx and not in 2.3d is just not right.

A bit more on the topic: I really enjoyed doing this tutorial and I learned some cool stuff myself in the process. I'm was really happy to find the EDx overflow thing. It opens some undiscovered doors. Too bad it's not compatible with replayers (yet). I developed a nice little headache when trying to explain the EFF thing too, but hopefully this will make people use it.
blakkhar
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#14 - Posted: 11 May 2015 17:15
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Because of some PT versions handle some commands different, players do it too, of course. I wouldn`t stick to a special PT version or player as a reference. If you aren`t the composer of a mod you rather less notice that it does`t play as on original PT. HippoPlayer is quite good but also not perfect. Some E9x stuff for example. With Axx you also can get different results in PT versions (last vailed/used value). EDx is nice but can`t remember any issues with it.

 

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