Posts Tagged ‘autotracker’

Checking in for LD!

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 7:59 am

Argh, life got in the way, and just now I had time to write an “I’m in” post. I’ve been participating since LD24, and this time it won’t be different. The timezone for LD is just perfect for me: The compo starts 10:00AM my time on Saturday (Tokyo) and goes until 10:00AM Monday – Already took the day off work that day ;-).

The only snag will be a school event that will take 3-4 hours Saturday afternoon. I will try to use that time to do some game designing.

Anyway, tool call:

Coding: Java+libGDX, the goal is to make a game playable on android and the desktop. I might drop android or add html5 depending on the theme and the design. Using Eclipse+ADT as my IDE.

Graphics: Gimp + Inkscape + my handy WACOM tablet. If the game design calls for it I might use a cool android-based random sprite generator that I found these days.

Sounds: BFXR + possibly a voice synthesizer.

Music: Probably I’m just going to go with Autotracker , even though I can now recognize an autotracker-bu generated song by smell ūüėõ If I have the time and inclination I might try to compose something using the dozens upon dozens of trackers that I have tested over the months, but every time I’ve tried to do so it ended in utter disaster :-(

Here is my base code (right now it is just some empty classes for handling state changing and asset loading). Good Luck and have fun everyone!

A Missing Piece – Music!

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 8:27 am

Another post with an amazing revelation (for me)!!!

There is a program out there called autotracker.py.  This code file, when run in python, will automatically generate a piece of background music for you to use in your games РI have just downloaded it, got it to run, and have exported a few background tracks that sound great.  I just discovered this tool today, and am supremely happy I did.  Music (and all art in general) is something sorely lacking in my games Рthat is no longer the case!

How to use (for Windows):

  1. Download Python 2.x (if you don’t have it already). ¬†Using 2.x is important, as I tried this on 3.x and got errors. ¬†Use 2.x! ¬†Python 2.x can be downloaded here:¬†http://www.python.org/getit/. ¬†Make sure to use the 2.x link.
  2. Install Python.  Simply run the file you downloaded and let the program install.  I installed Python to the standard directory, C:\Python27.
  3. Copy the autotracker.py script file to C:\Python27.  Script file is available here: https://github.com/wibblymat/ld24/blob/master/autotracker.py.
  4. Open up a command prompt window (his Windows Key – R, and type ‘cmd’).
  5. Navigate to where you installed Python.  Use cd to change directory, and use .. to move to the parent directory.  To get to the C drive, type C:.
  6. Run this command: python autotracker.py.  The script will output many lines of text, and will end when the file is saved.
  7. Open the file output in VLC.  Sample the greatness.
  8. Convert the .it file to a readable format Рin the case, .OGG.  To convert, go to Media -> Convert/Save.  Follow the dialog there.
  9. Your converted file is ready to be used!

I hope these directions are helpful – I already enjoy the output from this autotracker.py script, hope you do too!

Note: I am in no way affiliated with the creator of autotracker.

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