Twenty Years Of ModPlug Tracker

According to the changelog, the first alpha version of ModPlug Tracker was released on September 19, 1997. While we still have not been able to track down this exact version (the earliest we have is MPT 1.0 alpha 5), it surely is a remarkable milestone in history, being one of the earliest trackers on the Windows platform, and certainly the oldest Windows tracker still being developed very actively.

For those of you who are wondering what might be coming next, the next big milestone, OpenMPT 1.27, is now feature-complete and will be released once a bit more testing has been done. We have worked on it for about a year and only backported some smaller improvements and bugfixes to OpenMPT 1.26 during that time, but now you can finally expect some new and exciting features including VU meters for instrument plugins in the pattern editor, fading from and to arbitrary values other than 0%, better accessibility for visually impaired users, improved resampling accuracy, support for SFZ instruments, much improved MIDI import, a special resampler mode for Amiga modules to faithfully emulate the Amiga soundchip, a new LFO plugin to control parameters of other plugins and countless other things. Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday, ModPlug Tracker!

Comments

LDAsh says:

A powerful, extremely useful, powerful and most importantly extremely scalable piece of software that deserves more recognition. Here's to another 20 years! ;) Cheers.

Someone says:

OMG....
VU meters, special resampler for amiga chips...
How about track plugin work on VST playing on that track? Or just NOT check all plugins on every load (i have 300+, so you guess...)?
Nonono, that's too easy. Let's do something for visually impaired!!!

Saga Musix says:

There was a bug regarding plugin scanning on startup which is fixed in OpenMPT 1.27, but that should only affect identically-named plugins. Apart from that, OpenMPT only checks if the plugin DLL exists, but it is of course possible that e.g. your virus scanner slows this process down.

Complaining is easy. Filing a bug report so that developers become aware of your problem that others might not be experiencing is more difficult, but it helps getting bugs fixed.
OpenMPT is one of the very few (if not the only) trackers usable by visually impaired users, and yes, we do have blind users in our community. If you need to make fun of someone less capable than you then please do it somewhere else. I'd rather fix a problem for these people than for someone who's hiding behind a fake name.

den32ds says:

Hello. Where I can download MPT 1.0 alpha 5?

Saga Musix says:

The link can be found on the "Legacy Software" page, together with other interesting historic information:
https://download.openmpt.org/archive/mpt_classic/