Olivier is 24 years old and live in Santa
Clara, Califiornia, USA. He has got two main hobbies and those are skiing
and programming. Olivier makes a living being a audio software engineer at
Chromatic Research. On the question: "What are your future dreams", he
answered: "One day, finish the ModPlug Tracker :)"
When did you start developing
Early 1997, but I started writing mod players about 4 years
MPP plays the modules very accurate
comparing to other players, is it using the well-known MIDAS system or
have you developed your own playing routines?
Nope. It's 100% my
code, except for the UNZIP functions.
Why did you get so interested in making
Hard to say... I just felt like it, since it's been a
long time I did mod stuff.
If you were to convice a person why
he/she should download your modplayer, what three words would describe the
Well, if this person needs a mod/s3m/xnm/it player for
Win95, it's the best.
For how long will you continue to
develop the player?
I might stop once I'm done with the tracker,
but I'll probably continue working on it for the next year.
Are there any new features planned in
For v1.31 final release, I added MMX support, and
rewrote the high quality resampling algorithm (now using a cubic curve ax3
+ bx2 + cx +d, in realtime for each sample -> that's why you probably
need a PMMX for that) I'll probably try to support DirectSound when I have
the time, and I'm thinking of other features like a small toolbar, suuport
for pitch envelopes, directsound, and even mpeg encoding... But I don't
really want to start working on a new program right now.
You are also the author of ModPlug
Tracker and ModPlug-In. Which of the programs do you spend most time
Well, I started with the plugin, and once it was done I
wrote a player. Now, I'm pretty much not touching the plugin code anymore,
and I try not to work too much on the player, since I'm trying to get a
Are you getting good response from MPP
users? What is the most common question you get?
Most of the time,
users are satisfied, but asking for more new features, (some of those
features are crazy). I also receive a bug report once in a while, and that
helps me a lot to track effects problems.
Are you a tracker yourself?
I wanted to be one, that's why I started writing my own tracker about 5
years ago (DarkTracker), but once it was done, I realized it was a very
bad musician (and it's a lot of work to track) - and I got very interested
in the technology side of the tracker (mixing).
I thank Olivier for putting up with my
questions :), and hope him well with the player and the tracker.
You will find Oliver's page right here: