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I have an archive of old(ish) tracked music in various formats - .mod, .s3m, .it and Commodore 64 .sid files.

Is there a single, well-supported, tracked music format with a super-set of the features of all of these, to which I can losslessly convert all of my files?

I'm specifically interested in a format with support for a variety of tags (a-la-ID3).

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Do you want to be able to still edit them tracker-style after conversion? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 12 '13 at 18:34
Why not stick with the original formats? – grawity May 12 '13 at 19:50
@grawity: added my motivation. – einpoklum May 13 '13 at 7:23
@techie007: Preferably, yes; I don't want to render them as AAC or FLAC etc. – einpoklum May 13 '13 at 7:24
Would ogg work? – Ryan Gates Jul 2 '13 at 20:45

Just got a hunch that the best format would be the "Extended Module" format which is supported by VLC, FastTracker and Milkytracker so that could be good.

Wikipedia points out that "XM is a common format for many chip tunes."

I 'think' tags are supported but I know that you can grab each sample and instrument from the format so if it were me I would look into that.


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I'd recommend looking into Renoise which is the next major step (imho) since fast-tracker and XM (which could be more appropriate for you). Renoise is an evolution of mod/xm (in my use of it) but I see that it also supports loading S3M so definitely worth checking out.

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Renoise is a player, it seems. Does it also have its own format? – einpoklum Jan 26 at 11:11

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