Mod and XM files are rather old... they come from the 386 / 486 age
(where I came from too
anyway... mods and xm's are usually made in so-called 'trackers' or 'tracking-programs'.
Examples of these are:
- Scream Tracker series
- Fast Tracker series
- Impulse Tracker series etc.
These probably won't work anymore on teh juicy windows machine's
but there are several windows trackers... I don't know many of them, but I have used 'ModPlug Tracker' once or twice and that is actually a pretty good program.
Mods and xm files aren't very large, but the sound quality is rather sweet. It has it's own feel to it. Midi files sound different on every computer because of different sound card....
Mod and xm files contain their own instruments. And you can also use sequences and other waves with mod / xm files. note that the waves have to be copied with the file. But the normal instruments are rather small.
I used to have a programme in dos with was like the winamp of dos for mods, but I don't really remember the name... was it something with 'visual' ? well anyway. I still like the mods pretty much
The mod and xm sound is used a lot by epic in the early days. Think of 'epic pinball'.
here's an interesting link http://www.united-trackers.org/
Lots of instruments / downloads and songs
modplug tracker is to be downloaded here:http://www.modplug.com/index.php3
You need to get used to it, because making the music differs a lot from making midi music, but it's not that hard - because I was doing that when I was 10 or so
I believe the Pleurghburgh music were also xm files.
So there you go
I talk too much
I hope I have helped
Else shoot me
Mommy I wanna go home