0

I want to compose a tracker module, but not from scratch. I have public-domain MIDI file that I want to derive my work from, but I'm struggling to find a workflow that fits these requirements:

  • The program(s) must run on Linux.
  • The melody and structure of an imported MIDI must be preserved.
    • To clarify what I mean by this: I should be able to import my MIDI, play it without modifications, and be able to recognize the song.
  • I must be able to provide my own samples as WAV files.
  • I must be able to modify the imported music as I see fit.
  • I must be able to export a module in any one of the major formats (IT, S3M, MOD, or XM).

Some notes:

  • schismtracker is not an option, because the MIDI import is too buggy.
  • I don't need to export back to a MIDI file.
  • I'm not looking to strictly convert, I'm looking to adapt. So it's okay if I need to run my MIDI through a chain of converters, as long as the info I need is preserved.
  • It's okay if these aforementioned converters are command-line programs, but they still have to run on Linux.
  • I don't know much about how MIDI works; I know that it's a file format, but apparently it's an input device too? It's okay if I have to jury-rig something, but I need to know what that something should be.
0

After having done some research, I went with OpenMPT. It fits all of my requirements to a T. While it's a Windows program, it does run very well on WINE; that's even one of its selling points. It was simple to set up the 64-bit version. Just remember that you may have to map MIDI instruments to samples before you can hear anything.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.