Based on the original ModPlug Tracker, OpenMPT (Open ModPlug Tracker) is an advanced software application that you can use to put together multiple audio effects to create music and sound samples.
Rich library with musical instruments
The tool puts at your disposal a MIDI library with piano, chromatic percussion, organ, guitar, bass, strings, ensemble, brass, reed, pipe, percussion and other types of effects.
You can work with multiple channels, adjust the initial volume and pan for each one, play with patterns, edit a song message, as well as clean up patterns, sequences, instruments, plugins, presets, and all variables.
The project can be exported to a Wave, FLAC, Opus, Vorbis, MP3 or MIDI file, saved as a template. What’s more, you can record from an external MIDI keyboard, use a search-and-replace function, as well as manage plugins, channels and Clipboard content.
Evaluation and conclusion
No error dialogs popped up in our tests, and the tool did not hang or crash. It has a good response time and minimal impact on computer performance, thanks to the fact that it requires low CPU and RAM to work properly.
To sum it up, OpenMPT provides you with plenty of audio effects to help you put together musical parts. Plus, it can be enhanced with VST plugins.
However, the app is clearly not aimed at inexperienced users, and learning it from scratch may easily prove to be a long and tedious task. If you want to skip the installer and directly run OpenMPT from a pen drive, you can resort to its portable counterpart.
OpenMPT, also known as Open ModPlug Tracker, was designed as an easy-to-use, popular tracker app that allows you to play music on your computer.
OpenMPT is based on the original ModPlug Tracker, and features support for a wide variety of module formats.
The software also offers an intuitive, native GUI as well as advanced features such as VST plugins and ASIO output.
- Native and fast Windows GUI
- DirectX audio filters supported
- Fully configurable keyboard layout
- Support for multiple sequences (“songs”) in one file and custom tunings
- Suitable for live performances: Queue patterns, automate VST parameters using a MIDI keyboard, start and stop your modules with MIDI messages.
- Editor features:
- True multiple document interface – open many modules at the same time and copy&paste between them!
- Tabbed layout
- Support for drag and drop in various places
- Fast access to various places through the treeview: Load modules, samples and instruments directly from the treeview’s built-in file browser
- Up to 127 channels for editing (256 virtual channels)
- Two editor modes: FT2 and IT notation
- Many supported sample and instrument formats: WAV, XI, PAT, S3I, SMP, ITS, RAW, AIF, 8SVX, DLS, SF2, XI, ITI and more!
- A versatile sample editor with useful features like sample normalization, DC offset removal, phase inversion, amplification, upsample, downsample, etc. You can even draw your own samples!
- Record live from your MIDI keyboard directly into the patterns
- Automate VST plugins directly from the patterns and write automation data directly into the pattern when turning the knobs on your VST interface
- Edit one module in multiple windows, f.e. on several monitors
- Audio output:
- Output via WaveOut, DirectX or low-latency ASIO
- Up to 192 KHz, 32-Bit, quad surround
- Several interpolation algorithms are available
- DSP units like bass expansion, reverb, equalizer