About Maxmod

Maxmod is a complete music and sound solution for the Nintendo DS® and Gameboy® Advance. It is a very powerful library which supports playback for MOD, S3M, XM, and IT modules. It has many distinctive features that separate it from other software available:

  • Compact. Everything is carefully programmed in assembly language to achieve a minimal memory footprint and CPU load.
  • Accurate. Tested with hundreds of modules.
  • Optimized. CPU Load (ARM7) stays under 12% with 16 channel music. (DS)
  • Smart. Manages channels between sound effects and music.
  • Customized. The playback engine accepts a special module format that fully supports MOD, S3M, XM, and IT.
  • Easy. Setting up musical playback in your project will take very little effort.
  • Compressed sequencer data. Optimized pattern compression.
  • Small memory footprint. Only what is neccessary.
  • Jingle support. Play two modules simultaneously!
  • Excellent quality. The DS version supports high quality audio modes, volume ramping, and channel swapping.

Features 5 songs played with Maxmod for DS. Also shows some examples of song layering and sound effects. Please test on hardware; emulators do not reproduce the sound properly.

GBA Demonstration

Features 5 songs played with the GBA library. Hardware is preferred, but you can also get good quality from no$gba or VisualBoyAdvance.

Get Maxmod

The Maxmod library is currently being distributed by devkitPro.

For Windows® users, you can use the devkitPro Updater to retrieve the latest distribution.

Maxmod is open-source software. You can find the source code on the devkitPro Sourceforge page.

Commercial Development

Since Maxmod was developed using unofficial tools, it is not currently usable in commercial software.

I myself am not an official developer, so I cannot support commercial usability because I do not have access to the official Nintendo SDK.

If you are an official developer and would like to see (hear) Maxmod in a commercial title, I will be happy to aid in getting the software to run in an official environment.


Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions, you may send an e-mail message to [email protected] or post on the forum.

We will try to respond within a few days.

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