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From ajag on 12.03.2002, 21:09:

  lost and scared...and kinda hungry

first off, i'm brand-spanking new to the wonderful world of tracking and such...

i used to use sorceforge's Acid... and after sometime of slapping other people's loops together, i wanted to make my own tunes...

secondly...i suck...more than a vaccuum cleaner..even more than a $3 hooker with no teeth...

and because i have no background with trackers or hexadecimals or midi or synths etc...
i was wondering if there was somewhere where i can learn it all...

i doubt anyone would like to sit down and explain what every knob does on the sythns (cuz i reeeeally wanna know..some of the random presets are crazy)

is there a book of some sort that explains it all from the very basics in plain english? (not using more tech words)

help would be much appreciated..

From alk on 12.03.2002, 21:25:


I'm sure there are tracker tutorials out there.. however feel free to call into #psycle on efnet and pick our brains


From ajag on 14.03.2002, 02:43:


efnet??? sorry to be such an ignoramus...but how would i go about doing that
*as dumb as a doorknob that failed gr1*
spanks and thanks

From FingerSoup on 14.03.2002, 04:38:


Ahh... Let me introduce you to the ways of the tracker.

The preferred chat method of trackers is typically IRC. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It's a place where you can talk, send files to each other, or just idle around and eat CPU time and bandwitdh.

Download mIRC and install it. it's shareware, but it doesn't bug you much if you don't register.

EFNET is a network of IRC servers. In other words, I connect to an EFNET server in Canada, and you connect to an IRC server in (Insert country/state/province here) and we can talk. There are hundreds of networks, but the main ones are EFNET and DALnet.

On the network, you have channels. Think of this as a large chat room. Anyone can join, and talk to each other. If you want to Private Message someone, you can /msg them. Here is a typical set of things to type once connected to EFNET

/join #psycle

Hello World!
/msg FingerSoup Hey, I got a secret.
How do I do XXXXXXX In Psycle?
/me understands completely

There's file transfer stuff, but I'll let you mull over that.. You've got alot of playing around in mIRC to do now

I will see if I have time to rewrite an article on psycle usage... I had a decent one written for static line magazine, but I just lost it in a HD crash.

Pikari, if you are reading, could you e-mail it to me if you still have a copy from when you proofread it?

I thought you beat the inevitability of death to death, just a little bit...

From ksn on 14.03.2002, 09:30:


hello ajag ! did you try the "upwego" tutorial on the docs page ?

@ksniod on twitter

From Pikari on 14.03.2002, 17:04:


Fingersoup: I still have the tutorial in my mIRC/downloads folder. So just send me your mail address (private message).

Pik - the master of short and unclear messages.

From ajag on 14.03.2002, 17:12:


thanks fingersoup...
i'll be bugging you all soon enough now...

and yup ksn, i read the tutorial... it was helpful (so That's why i can't hear anything) but i still don't get what does what on the synths and such...

i found a pretty good faq page but i really dont' understand compuspeak...

well, hopefully i won't have to bother you guys with my ignorance too much more after i get mIRC..


From FingerSoup on 15.03.2002, 00:16:


Well, If you want to learn compuspeak, heres some:

Hexadecimal = Base 16 (as opposed to base 10, for us human beings with 10 fingers and 10 toes.)

Hex was written as a short form for binary. Here is a quick lookup table:


0 0 0000
1 1 0001
2 2 0010
3 3 0011
4 4 0100
5 5 0101
6 6 0110
7 7 0111
8 8 1000
9 9 1001
10 A 1010
11 B 1011
12 C 1100
13 D 1101
14 E 1110
15 F 1111

So if a computer was counting our fingers and toes we would have A fingers and A toes.

If you see 2 hex digits next to each other, just put the binary representation after one another then convert to decimal.

BD = 1011 1101

Converting Binary to Decimal and vice versa, is easy.
Make a chart of the powers of 2, starting from 128


128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1
1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1

you add up the numbers where there are 1's. therefore 128+32+16+8+4+2+1 = 189

To convert to binary, start at 128 and divide. Place the whole number result under the number you divided, then work with the remainder (modulus). If modulus (mod) is 0, fill in the rest of the columns with 0's.
189 / 128 = 1 mod 61
61 / 64 = 0 mod 61
61 / 32 = 1 mod 29
29 / 16 = 1 mod 13
13 / 8 = 1 mod 5
5 / 4 = 1 mod 1
1 / 2 = 0 mod 1
1 / 1 = 1 mod 0

Thus you get:
1011 1101
which is BD in hex

So as an exercise, let us know What the following geek-related values are in Hex:

27 (the age at which famous artists die- Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain)
42 (the answer to life, the universe and everything)
69 (To quote Monty Python, life can be fine...)
192 (The amount of memory in my computer, because I can't think of any more geeky numbers )

And convert the following to Decimal

42 (this is Hex)

I thought you beat the inevitability of death to death, just a little bit...

From [JAZ] on 15.03.2002, 11:05:



Didn't know that part of you fingersoup, as a teacher! hahahahhahaa! :·PPPPPPPPP

ajag : You can consider that as Undocummented. It is specific of each "sound device" (I don't like the term "machine").

Generally, in synthetizers you have:

Oscillators : Define the type of the wave signal. Generally they represent directly the sound, but sometimes they can act over other values like modifiers.

VCA : Controls the Amplitude (Volume). it is defined by an ADSR control ( Attack, Decay, Sustain Level and Release). /"-. <- sort of "envelope" representation.

Attack is the time it takes from volume 0 to max volume.
Decay is the time it takes from max volume to the sustain level.
Sustain level: It is the volume at which the volume stays till you noteOff the signal.
Release is the time it takes from sustain level to 0 when you've pressed noteOff.

If you set Sustain level to 100%, then you don't need decay time.
If you set Sustain level to 0%, then you don't need release time because the note stops when it reaches 0% (no need of NoteOff)
VCF : Controls the Filter. It works like the VCA

LFO : "Low Frequency Oscillator". It is an Oscillator which is used generally for Filter and modifies the value slowly.
It might be used with the pitch also, and then you'd have Vibrato. If used with the Amplitude, then you have Tremolo. And if used with the Panning, you have Panbrello.

Btw.. Pikari. If you click on the [ - pm - ] button under each post, you actually SEND a private message to that person.

<[JAZ]> Pa pi pa pa pa pi pa.... ;·D

From Pikari on 15.03.2002, 15:08:


Well, what can I say.. excuse me for posting here instead of using a PM :I

Pik - the master of short and unclear messages.

From FingerSoup on 16.03.2002, 00:01:


[JAZ] - I may be a computer Studies student, but I'm also a Sailing instructor. I enjoy teaching. Gives me a better understanding of What I'm doing. That's why I volunteered for that article. I'll post it to Static Line ASAP, and if it's OK with Coplan, I'll post it here as well.

I thought you beat the inevitability of death to death, just a little bit...

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