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Short:ProTracker player w/ support for ext. sfx
Author:Frank Wille
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While developing the games Sqrxz and Solid Gold I needed a Protracker
player which can insert sound effects from the game into the current song.
I ended up in writing a completely new player based on the original
replayer source which came with ProTracker 2.3.

This player is quite optimized and has some useful features for game

- Insert external sound effects into the replayed module.

- Can also play sound effects while music is stopped or not even initialized.

- A fast master volume for the replayed music.

- No busy waiting. DMA and repeat pointers are set with timer interrupts.

- E8 command can be used as a trigger for your main program.

- Lots of tables for best performance. No multiplications or divisions.

The sound fx system gives you the possibility to play samples on a channel
of your choice or on the channel which the player thinks is the best one.

It may be a channel which is currently not replaying music and/or has
the longest period of silence ahead. This has the effect that the replayed
song is often not disturbed at all.

Up to four sound effects can be played at the same time and any of them
has its own priority, which is especially useful when trying to play
several sounds on the same channel. You may for example define that a
shooting-sound has a higher priority than a jumping-sound.

For automatic channel selection you can additionally reserve specific
channels for music only, or define the maximum number of channels which
may be used for sound effects at once.

The master volume is always applied to the music, but does not affect
external sound effects at all.

NOTE: When playing external sound effects, always make sure the first
word is cleared! It is used for idling when the effect stopped. This
is the same technique as used by the music samples in Amiga trackers.

How to use:

1. Selecting the data model

ptplayer.asm can be configured to support two data models:

a) By default ptplayer.asm assembles into a single code section. The
   player routines set up a local base register to access data.
   This requires a working RS directive, which is provided by many
   assemblers, like e.g. vasm, PhxAss, Devpac, Basm, AsmOne, SNMA.

b) By defining the SDATA symbol ptplayer.asm assembles into a code
   section and a small-data section (called __MERGED). All player
   routines expect that the base register A4 is set up with the
   small-data base pointer (provided by the linker through _LinkerDB).
   It uses the NEAR directive, which might work with vasm and PhxAss only.

2. Selecting optional features

By default ptplayer builds with all features included.

a) By defining the symbol MINIMAL=1 (defaults to 0) you get just a
   standard Protracker player, without the ability to insert external
   sound effects or to control the master or sample volumes.
   This approximately halves the code size.

b) By defining the symbol ENABLE_SAWRECT=0 (defaults to 1) you may
   disable sawtooth and rectangle vibratos/tremolos. When selected,
   they are replaced by sine-waves. These wave forms are extremely
   rare and disabling them saves another 2K for the tables.

c) By defining the symbol NULL_IS_CLEARED=1 (defaults to 0) you indicate
   that the memory locations $0 and $1 in your system are zero, so they
   will be used for idle-looping of audio channels. Might be useful when
   dynamically loading new samples.

You may change these symbols either directly in the source or override
them via the assembler's command line.

3. Common usage

a) Install a Level-6 interrupt handler for CIA-B timer interrupts
   by calling mt_install_cia(). Do this once, during program init.

b) For every new MOD file to play initialize it with mt_init().
   Most common case is to pass a pointer to the MOD in A0 and set A1
   and D0 to zero, which will play the song from the beginning.
   Everything is initialized for replay now, but nothing is played.

c) Set the byte-variable mt_Enable to non-zero to start the replay.
   Clearing that variable again pauses the song.

d) Stop playing and set all volumes to zero by calling mt_end().

e) Finally, in the cleanup routine of your program, remove the Level-6
   interrupt handler again and reset all CIA registers by calling

Exported functions:

Note that the leading underscore disappears when a symbol is referenced
from C. CUSTOM is the custom-chip register set base address $dff000.

_mt_install_cia(a6=CUSTOM, a0=VectorBase, d0=PALflag.b)
  Install a CIA-B interrupt for calling _mt_music or mt_sfxonly.
  The music module is replayed via _mt_music when _mt_Enable is non-zero.
  Otherwise the interrupt handler calls mt_sfxonly to play sound
  effects only. VectorBase is 0 for 68000, otherwise set it to the CPU's
  VBR register. A non-zero PALflag selects PAL-clock for the CIA timers
  (NTSC otherwise).

  Remove the CIA-B music interrupt, restore the previous handler and
  reset the CIA timer registers to their original values.

_mt_init(a6=CUSTOM, a0=TrackerModule, a1=Samples|NULL, d0=InitialSongPos.b)
  Initialize a new module.
  Reset speed to 6, tempo to 125 and start at the given song position.
  Master volume is at 64 (maximum).
  When a1 is NULL the samples are assumed to be stored after the patterns,
  which is the usual case.

  Stop playing current module and sound effects.

_mt_soundfx(a6=CUSTOM, a0=SamplePointer,
            d0=SampleLength.w, d1=SamplePeriod.w, d2=SampleVolume.w)
  Request playing of an external sound effect on the most unused channel.
  This function is for compatibility with the old API only.
  You should call _mt_playfx instead. MINIMAL=0 only.

channelStatus = _mt_playfx(a6=CUSTOM, a0=SfxStructurePointer)
  Request playing of a prioritized external sound effect, either on a
  fixed channel or on the most unused one.
  Structure layout of SfxStructure:
    void *sfx_ptr  (pointer to sample start in Chip RAM, even address)
    WORD  sfx_len  (sample length in words)
    WORD  sfx_per  (hardware replay period for sample)
    WORD  sfx_vol  (volume 0..64, is unaffected by the song's master volume)
    BYTE  sfx_cha  (0..3 selected replay channel, -1 selects best channel)
    BYTE  sfx_pri  (priority, must be in the range 1..127)
  When multiple samples are assigned to the same channel the lower
  priority sample will be replaced. When priorities are the same, then
  the older sample is replaced.
  The chosen channel is blocked for music until the effect has
  completely been replayed.
  RETURN VALUES: A pointer to a channel-status structure (see ptplayer.h)
  when the sample is scheduled for playing, and NULL when the request was
  NOTE: Always make sure the first word of your sound effect sample
  are zero!
  MINIMAL=0 only.

_mt_loopfx(a6=CUSTOM, a0=SfxStructurePointer)
  Request playing of a looped sound effect on a fixed channel, which
  will be blocked for music until the effect is stopped (_mt_stopfx).
  It uses the same SfxStructure as _mt_playfx, but the priority is
  ignored. A looped sound effect has always highest priority and will
  replace a previous effect on the same channel. No automatic channel
  selection possible!
  Also make sure the sample starts with a zero-word, which is used
  for idling when the effect is stopped. This word is included in the
  total length calculation, but excluded when actually playing the loop.
  MINIMAL=0 only.

_mt_stopfx(a6=CUSTOM, d0=Channel.b)
  Immediately stop a currently playing sound effect on a channel (0..3)
  and make it available for music, or other effects, again. This is the
  only way to stop a looped sound effect (_mt_loopfx), besides stopping
  replay completely (_mt_end). MINIMAL=0 only.

_mt_musicmask(a6=CUSTOM, d0=ChannelMask.b)
  Bits set in the mask define which specific channels are reserved
  for music only. Set bit 0 for channel 0, ..., bit 3 for channel 3.
  When calling _mt_soundfx or _mt_playfx with automatic channel selection
  (sfx_cha=-1) then these masked channels will never be picked.
  The mask defaults to 0. MINIMAL=0 only

_mt_mastervol(a6=CUSTOM, d0=MasterVolume.w)
  Set a master volume from 0 to 64 for all music channels.
  Note that the master volume does not affect the volume of external
  sound effects (which is desired). MINIMAL=0 only.

_mt_samplevol(d0=SampleNumber.w, d1=Volume.b)
  Redefine a sample's volume. May also be done while the song is playing.
  Warning: Does not check arguments for valid range! You must have done
  _mt_init before calling this function!
  The new volume is persistent. Even when the song is restarted.
  MINIMAL=0 only.

  The replayer routine. Is called automatically after _mt_install_cia.

Exported byte-sized variables:

  Set this byte to non-zero to play music, zero to pause playing.
  Note that you can still play sound effects, while music is stopped.
  It is set to 0 by _mt_install_cia.

  This byte reflects the value of the last E8 command.
  It is reset to 0 after _mt_init.

  This byte defines the number of channels which should be dedicated
  for playing music. So sound effects will never use more
  than 4 - _mt_MusicChannels channels at once. Defaults to 0.
  MINIMAL=0 only.

There is also a header file for C compilers, called ptplayer.h.
It depends on the SDI_compiler.h header file, which implements
portable macros for defining compiler-specific register arguments.
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Written by Frank Wille in 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.
I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the
public domain. This applies worldwide.

If still in doubt, please read the included file "LICENSE".


- The player doesn't work. I am hearing no music.
  A: This can have multiple reasons. Most likely is that you didn't
  call _mt_install_cia at all or with a wrong Vector Base pointer.
  The Vector Base is 0 for 68000 systems. Otherwise you *must* read
  it from the CPU's VBR register, which is only available in supervisor
  mode. Also don't forget to set _mt_enable to true to start playing.
  This player is intended for games/demos which take over the hardware
  and disable the OS. Running with the OS alive may work, as the OS
  doesn't use the CIA-B timers, but it is not recommended.

- I want to run the player in VERTB interrupt.
  A: No. That's currently not possible. Although the player routine
  _mt_music could theoretically run in a 50Hz VERTB, it requires
  CIA-B Timer-B interrupts to enable Audio DMA and set the loop

- I am hearing a high-pitched noise in my music.
  A: Amiga players use the first two bytes of a sample for idle-looping.
  Make sure they are zeroed.
  Alternatively, assemble ptplayer with NULL_IS_CLEARED=1 and make sure
  the bytes at $0 and $1 are zero.

- I am hearing a high-pitched noise when playing an empty sample.
  My first initialized sample is looped or unused, so how can that be?
  A: Check the first two bytes of your first initialized sample.
  These bytes are used by ptplayer for all empty samples.
  Alternatively, assemble ptplayer with NULL_IS_CLEARED=1 and make sure
  the bytes at $0 and $1 are zero.

- I am hearing a high-pitched noise after playing a sound effect.
  A: The same technique is used for playing sound effects as for
  playing instrumental samples. The sound effect idles in the first
  two bytes after being played. So make sure they are zero.

- But I don't want to clear the first two bytes in sound effects.
  A: Then make sure that the bytes at address $0 and $1 are zero, and
  assemble the player with NULL_IS_CLEARED=1.


- Try not to break channels with sound effects, which are currently
  playing a looped sample.
- Sound effects can also be started when the music is not playing

- Do not trash d2/a2 in mt_init().
- Unused samples with length 0 are played like a 1-word null-sample,
  for compatibility with other players.
- Make sure all samples start with two zero-bytes.

- For better maintenance there is only a single source text now. The
  default is a PC-relative, single-section version, which uses a local
  base register. Small data mode can be enabled by defining SDATA.
- mt_install_cia() also initializes the channel structures, like mt_init()
  does. So it should be possible to play sound effects without loading
  a tracker module.
- New sound effects system, which truly supports playing multiple sound
  effects per frame (e.g. stereo). It also supports priorities and
  channel selection.
- New exported function mt_playfx() which passes a pointer to an sfx
  structure, includes the new parameters like channel and priority.
  The old API through mt_soundfx() is still supported and emulated by
- New exported function mt_musicmask() defines which specific channels
  are dedicated for music and won't be used for sound effects.
- New exported variable mt_MusicChannels defines a limit for the
  maximum number of channels to be used for sound effects in parallel.

- Only few assemblers support the BASEREG directive, so I decided
  to rework the code and make it more portable. This version is tested
  with Devpac, vasm, PhxAss, Barfly-Asm, SNMA, AsmOne, AsmPro.
- All exported symbols (functions and variables) have got a leading
  underscore now, to make them directly accessible to C programs.
  So in assembler you have to call _mt_init now, while in C you can
  call mt_init().

- Included C header file, ptplayer.h, provided by BSzili.
- Fixed bug where other level 6 interrupts could trigger sample replay.
- Eliminated relocations in the fine-tune table, by replacing pointers
  with word-offsets (asman).
- More optimizations in the Timer B interrupt handlers and made it
  PC-relative (asman).
- Include a public domain license.

- Make it work with broken mods, which have a sample repeat length of zero.
- Never break looped samples with sound effects, except we have looped
  samples on all four channels at once!
- New variable _mt_SongEnd to automatically stop the song when having
  played the last position. Don't use it! Doesn't work perfectly yet.

- No longer clear the first word of each sample for idle looping.
  Either we have a good Amiga tracker MOD with repeat-length one, which
  already cleared that word, or we have a PC tracker MOD with a zero
  repeat length. In the latter case the idle loop will now point to
  address $0. Make sure that the word at this address is cleared!
- Treat samples with a length of one word the same as with zero length
  as a workaround for broken PC trackers.
- Changed APTR to void* in the C headers, for better Kickstart 1.x
  OS header file compatibility.
- Fixed detection of negative fine-tuning (broken due to optimizations
  in V5.1).

- _mt_musicmask works as documented now! Sound effects will never play
  on the masked channels. Previously it was rather a hint not to use them.
- Fixed sign-bug in tremolo/vibrato command 7xx (Antiriad/EAB).
- New function _mt_samplevol may be used to redefine a sample's volume.
- _mt_playfx now returns a pointer to the selected channel status structure
  when the sample was scheduled for playing and returns NULL when ignored.
- Wait 576 ticks for audio DMA instead of 496, which fixes issues with
  low notes on a few A1200 configurations. (No, this doesn't harm the
  player's performance, as it is a timer interrupt.)
- Defining the symbol MINIMAL lets you assemble a minimal version of
  the player, without the ability to insert sound effects and without
  master-volume or changing samples volumes.
- Improved interrupt handling, following a suggestion of Ross/EAB.
- Minor optimizations.

- Fixed note delay command (EDx), which still played the previous note
  in some situations (Antiriad/EAB).
- Fixed sample-offset command (9) with empty note-field (h0ffman/EAB).
- mt_mastervol() must change the volumes of all channels immediately
  and shouldn't wait for the next sample being played (suggested by
- Symbol ENABLE_SAWRECT may be used to disable sawtooth and rectangle
  waveforms for vibrato and tremolo, which saves memory for their tables
  (suggested by Antiriad).
- Symbol NULL_IS_CLEARED may be used to indicate that the memory locations
  $0 and $1 in your system are zero, so they will be used for idle-looping
  of audio channels (suggested by h0ffman).
- Removed cia.i and custom.i include files and included the required
  symbols directly into the source.
- New function mt_loopfx() for playing looped sound effects (suggested by
- New function mt_stopfx() for immediately stopping a sound effect.

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