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jonathon

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Probably a silly question, but they don't seem to be the same.
 

WayneK

Well... the difference was originally really clear: MODs were music with sampled instruments, chiptunes were tunes written using the soundchip to produce the instruments rather than sampling from another source. Nowadays, the terms are used differently, and the vast majority of chiptunes ARE actually in .MOD format, simply made using samples that sound 'synthetic' and more like the soundchip-created sounds from c64 + other formats...

www.chiptune.com will show you what I mean... all chiptunes, most .MOD format.

On the amiga, synthetic tunes (REAL chiptunes) were often made in Future Composer (most of the Jochen Hippel music you hear in cracktros was in this format), but even then some of the tunes used sampled drum instruments rather than soundchip-created instruments for everything... no black+white in the world of MOD v chiptune, only grey!
 

yokota

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i thought chip samples were basically extremely short in order to keep filesize to a minimum. opossed to "tracker" samples that are bigger...
 

WayneK

Yeah, that was the original idea behind it... people would load everything from startup-sequence to system-configuration in and mess with it to get a usable 'synthetic' sounding instrument in 20-40 bytes :)