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Encyclopedia > XM (mod format)

XM, standing for "extended module", is an audio file type introduced by Triton's Fast Tracker 2. XM introduced multisampling-capable instruments with volume and panning envelopes, and basic sample compression. It also expanded the available effect commands and channels, added 16-bit sample support, and offered an alternate frequency table for portamentoes. MOD is a format for storing music on computers and is the first and original type of module file. ... Fasttracker 2 Fast Tracker, specifically Fast Tracker 2 (FT2), is a software product that was one of the most widely used trackers in the world. ... In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording, the sample, and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording. ... Portamento is a musical term currently used to mean pitch bending or sliding, and in 16th century polyphonic writing refers to a type of musical ornamentation. ...

Common format for many Chiptunes. MOS 6581 and 8580 Commodore 64 SID chips Chiptune, or chip music is music written in sound formats where all the sounds are synthesized in realtime by a computer or video game console sound chip, instead of using sample-based synthesis. ...

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A mod is simply a type of format that uses external sample files as its instruments.
Almost all variations of the mod format are identical, but the quality, number of channels, and compression varies.
We find the xm format is among the highest quality and easiest to work with, however this is just opinion mainly.
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