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1. Why use ReNovator ?

Some people just use ModPacker and say that that’s easy enough for making mods. ReNovator adds some comfort to this:

  • You can use images and drums from directories of your choice, so you no longer need to copy files.
  • The names of the files don’t have to be cryptic like with ModPacker. You can use your own names or take ReNovator’s name scheme.
  • PC users often work with WAV samples. ReNovator lets you use these instead of AIFF files and converts them automatically. You can even mix formats.
  • JPEG images have the disadvantage of losing quality when you alter them. Instead, you should use BMPs in 16 million colors, which keep their quality when you modify them. ReNovator treats BMPs and JPEGs equally and automatically converts BMPs to JPEG when creating the mod.
  • REMOVi – this previewer is indispensable for mod creation – at least that’s what my beta testers said. See below for a short description.
  • Last, but not least, you have a fully integrated program that helps you through every step of mod creation. The quick preview functionality for images and drums makes it especially easy!

2. I don’t have ModPacker. How can I get it ?

ModPacker is included on the original CD of ReBirth 2. Just double-click the ModPacker install icon to install it. Please DO NOT ask me to send it to you. ModPacker needs the original ReBirth CD, without the CD it won’t work!

3. I can’t open other programs anymore in ReNovator

ReNovator for ReBirth 2 is exclusively for ReBirth 2 — like the name suggests. It is simply there to facilitate mod making and nothing else.

The new mod format (.rbm) makes it no longer necessary to open / exchange EXE files, so this is not a feature of Renovator for Rebirth 2.

However, we continued the work on ReNovator 1.10 and made it a real resource editor, i.e. you can change everything in the resource section of any exe or dll file like all icons, texts, etc. (sound and JPEG and BMP images, stay too, of course). That program is now released as “Restorator”, available for download at

4. Why can’t I open an existing RBM file and extract the files ?

The new mod format encrypts the mod files, making it impossible for me to open it.

Propellerhead Software made it this way in order to protect the artwork of serious mod makers.

5. Where is the image viewer, like in ReNovator 1.1 ?

Click on the toolbar “ImgViewer”.

6. What is “REMOVi” ?

REMOVi is a window in ReNovator that displays all your mod components like they are displayed by ReBirth. It serves as a previewer while you create your mod. All knobs, sliders, buttons, etc. are fully functional. This way, you can really test your components and it’s no longer necessary to compile the RBM file and open ReBirth to test your mod.

Additionally, you can listen to your mod drums by simply clicking on the drum buttons in the 808 and 909. REMOVi is only available in the full version of ReNovator, see the file purchase.txt for more information.

7. How can I contact the authors?

The best way to ask questions or report problems with ReNovator is in the discussion forums.

8. Where can I download the Mac version?

There is no Mac version available. Sorry!

9. I have problems with playing back samples

One beta tester had strange lock-ups and crashes when playing samples. I investigated extensively, but found nothing to get rid of his problems. If you have these problems, it would be very kind if you could send me a detailed description of exactly what happens. Please also add some info about your system, like OS (7 or 8, …), processor, RAM, sound card, etc.

10. JPEG – compression quality

ReNovator uses the original compression algorithm of the Independant JPEG Group. Apparently, in rare cases, the JPEG image produced by ReNovator is slightly altered compared to the original BMP, even when setting JPEG quality to 100% (in the settings dialog). We have tried many things, but we never resolved the problem. So, if you aren’t satisfied with the JPEG images produced by ReNovator, there is an easy solution: convert the BMPs with another image program and use these JPEGs with ReNovator.

11. My license key does not work anymore

The license key required to use the full version of ReNovator is based on one computer. When your computer has changed, like reinstalling Windows or changing the hard disk or motherboard, you need to request a new license key. In this request, you must include the “R-Code” which looks something like “R12345678″. You can find the R-Code in the dialog where you have to enter the password. Usually I respond to such requests during 24 hours. Request a new license key.