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Ripping Songs

The Song Ripper is available in the menus under File->Import->Spectrum Song Ripper...

This feature is capable of ripping a variety of song data from Spectrum emulator files (TAP or Z80) directly into Beepola for subsequent playing or editing.

The ripper will currently automatically search for the following types of data:-

Tips for Ripping songs
The TAP file reader in Beepola is very limited and will ignore headerless data blocks. Also, games that make use of data compression or that use one player routine to play multiple songs during the course of a game may be foiled by the ripper.

Therefore, to get the best results, it is highly recommended that you load the game into an emulator and take a snapshot in *.Z80 format while the target tune is playing and select this file in the ripper rather than the original game file. This gives the ripper the best possible chance of locating the required song data and importing it into Beepola format.

Manual Ripping
If the automated ripper is unable to locate the required song data (for example, if a player routine has been heavily modified from its standard form), a manual process can be used.

To manually rip a song you have to tell Beepola the location in the Spectrum memory map of the song data, and the format that the data is in (in other words, which beeper engine the data is for). The song data location can usually be found relatively quickly by using a debugger in an emulator. Break into the executing code as soon as the target song has begun playing to find the rough location of the player code in memory and work backward from there -- for most player routines, the HL register pair is set up to point to the start of the music data either just before the main player routine is CALLed, or near the start of the player routine itself.