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How to convert sndh files to arkos tracker files?

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Bug Powell:
hello, i would like to convert a sndh file (atari music) to a file which can by played by arkos tracker. Is it possible? And how to play it on cpc?

PulkoMandy:
No, it is not possible.


SNDH files contain the 68000 code of the player for the sound plus the data for that player, in a custom format. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to convert this back into instruments and patterns for Arkos Tracker.


What you can do, maybe, is convert the SNDH file to an YM register dump, which can then be played on the CPC (with low CPU use but high memory requirements).

Bug Powell:
thank you pulkomandy for your answer. Do you know a tool to make a ym register dump from a sndh file?

tronic:

--- Quote from: Bug Powell on 18:39, 12 June 21 ---thank you pulkomandy for your answer. Do you know a tool to make a ym register dump from a sndh file?

--- End quote ---

Hi,
You can "for example" do that :

1. Get a .sndh filemusic (tons there : http://sndh.atari.org/download.php)
2. Get ayemul : https://bulba.untergrund.net/emulator_e.htm
3. Play/Convert/export sndh filemusic with ayemul to ym6 format (.ym)
4. Uncompress (use 7zip or lha or...) the generated ym6 (.ym) file because it's compressed, usually with lha - You get then a "Ay_Emul.ym" file.
5. Use a tool to "transform" this uncompressed "Ay_Emul.ym" to ayc format :
 - What's ayc : http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/AYC
 - Toolz for doing that :
 a) https://cpcrulez.fr/emulateurs_UTIL-MUSIC-YMCruncher.htm (windows)
 b) https://cpcrulez.fr/coding_src-music-kitay.htm (on cpc)
6. You get now an "Ay_Emul.ayc" that can be play on cpc with the AYC player
7. Player+song (assemble/run with winape emulator)

Link to all of that, there (zip file) : https://uptobox.com/e4sslnma0xzj

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[edit] Forgot link to explain what is ym6 format, there : http://leonard.oxg.free.fr/ymformat.html

Bug Powell:
thank you very much tronic! your answer is perfect, it helped me a lot. I finally managed to play some music on my cpc.

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