Using an FTP program is actually very simple. Anyone who can recogise a Directory tree will be able to negotiate almost any FTP site. There are numerous programs around for that task, and almost all of them feature some kind of visual aids.
Logging on to a server, however can get a bit complicated, so here's the original FAQ FTP advice from Jester <email@example.com>:
"The FTP servers mentioned hereafter allow for anonymous FTP. Log into the server by specifying 'ftp <server address>', tell it 'ftp' when it asks you for a login and supply it with your email address as a password. Alternatively, use 'anonymous' as login and your email address as password. Please remember that ftp is a privilege, not a right. Restrict your calls to (the site's) non-business hours whenever possible."
A lot of the above information is based on older DOS programs, most recent FTP software automatically assumes a 'log in as anonymous' posture. It will also probably prompt you for your email address in it's setup program, and use that automatically too.
The largest repository of mods is probably *still* Aminet. Although these days, the Hornet Archive probably runs them a close second. We are talking about *thousands* of MODs here... There are numerous FTP servers all over the world mirroring it.
An AMINET mirror list follows:
I can't be certain that *all* these sites still exist because Aminet itself often has organisational problems. I know for sure the UK site is still up - as are most of the others. Anyway, the first place to look is the Aminet main www site at:
The subdirectories of Aminet they were showing when I last visited were:
/demo Gfx and sound demos /gfx Graphics /mods Music modules /mus Musical software /util Utilities
What used to be another HUGE site for mod releases is The Hornet Archive. However, this is in the slow process of winding itself up. I fully expect it to have disappeared by year end, and it has nothing to do with Y2K!. There was talk of most of the archive going to www.scene.org but at the time of writing it still hasn't happened, even though the site is finally back online!.
Hornet, (according to an email from Snowman (Christopher G. Mann), has/had 5784 songs cataloged and online ready for download (that's just under 2 gigs in size). About 75% of which are rated according to a star system. The total of MODs online doesn't even count the 440 music disks online, which add up to 890 megs in size.
You should find FTP information and mirror sites right on the front page and while you are there, grab yourself some of the excellent entries into Hornet's MSx compos...all top-notch tracks.
The GUS FTP sites have probably gone the same way as the soundcards...except Snowman (Christopher G. Mann) wrote in March 1998: "The official main Gravis Ultrasound archive has moved to ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/gus"
And it's still there in 1999, although what may happen to it this year is anyones guess.
The Gravis main Site:
had this on it's page in March 1998:
"November 21st, 1997
And even that had disappeared into the sites nether regions by the time I came back in 1999. Of course, it's worth doing a search on the ViperMax, which is at least a kinda sorta GUS...(I KNOW I'll probably get loads of flames for this comment, so don't bother....)
Take a look at the PC ToyBox site for more info....
Well, my mum didn't raise no sissy faced crybaby, so I went out in search of any remaining evidence of their existence being the still proud owner of a GUS Classic...
Main N.American Site: archive.orst.edu/pub/packages/gravis
This site is still there but not a sniff of GUS...
ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/packages/ultrasound/ is now the correct URL and while I was there I found this:
Main Asian Site: nctuccca.edu.tw PC/ultrasound European Callers ONLY: theoris.rz.uni-konstanz.de pub/sound/gus Submissions: archive.epas.utoronto.ca pub/pc/ultrasound /submit Newly Validated Files: archive.epas.utoronto.ca pub/pc/ultrasound Mirrors: garbo.uwasa.fi mirror/ultrasound Mailserver for Archive Access: Email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
And yet more URL's (unchecked by me!)
archie.au /micros/amiga/incoming/mods ftp.germany.eu.net /pub/comp/amiga/mods ftp.informatik.uni-rostock.de /pub/amiga/mods ftp.uni-kl.de (220.127.116.11) /pub/amiga/wuarchive/mods /incoming/amiga/mods ftp.uni-muenster.de /pub/sounds/ ftp.uni-oldenburg.de /pub/amiga/incoming/mods ftp.brad.ac.uk /misc/mods/ and /incoming/mods/ ftp.funet.fi (18.104.22.168) /pub/amiga/audio/modules geocub.greco-prog.fr /pub/incoming/amiga/mods ftp.luth.se (22.214.171.124) /pub/OS/amiga/mods lysator.liu.se /pub/amiga/mods ftp.uwp.edu (cs.uwp.edu) /pub/music/sounds/mods /pub/music/lists/btl/mods /pub/incoming/sounds/mods /pub/incoming/msdos/modplayer/mods ftp.cso.uiuc.edu (126.96.36.199) /pub/amiga ftp.mcs.kent.edu /pub/SB-Adlib/ntmods wuarchive.wustl.edu /systems/amiga/incoming/mods (188.8.131.52) /systems/amiga/audio/music /mirrors4/amiga.physik.unizh.ch /amiga/mods