thefox of aspekt demo fame, according to his words, has “finally gotten around to releasing PornoTracker;” as it was used in the creation of the High Hopes demo. Is this a BitTorrent server for adult media? Some of us may wish it to be so. In fact, PornoTracker is a chip music tracker for the 2a03/NES-Famicom designed with the purpose to function as a standard tracker with upgrading its sampling capabilities from standard 1-bit DPCM to a single channel of 7-bit PCM. In laymans terms, samples sound prettier at the cost of CPU cycles. Currently PornoTracker outputs to NES format; which can be played on an emulator or RetroUSB PowerPak. I’ve been told as well that as soon as thefox finds out how to allow PCM support for the standard NSF format, that NSF export will be supported as well. (#mod_shrine’s mukunda and tumult have already demonstrated this is possible with SuperNSF except that in this case it’s a utility that converts IT to NSF with 4 additional PCM channels and VRC6 support as well. See madbrain’s entry “Heim This!” in FamiCompo mini vol. 7.) I guess we’ll just have to wait for thefox to “get’r done.” ;)
Mad props to thefox, aspekt, #nesdev, and #mod_shrine for keeping shit alive and not only pushing audio value envelopes, but the envelope of hardware limits.