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Raster Music Tracker

RMT is a cross platform tracker for the Atari XE/XL pokey (Pot Keyboard Integrated Circuit) chip. It can create songs in either 4 channel mono or 8 channel "dual pokey" mode.

Raster Music Tracker is available here:

In order to get sound from RMT, the .dll files (apokeysnd.dll or sa_pokey.dll,
sa_c6502.dll) are also required. RMT will still be usable, but with no sound output. In order to save modules in RMT, a "Go to line xx" command must be used in the module (via the frame editor).

On Linux, for running RMT with Wine, you might need to type those commands for getting some specific dll: "winetricks msvcirt" & "winetricks mfc42".
Still on Linux, if you have a problem with the "step" option (default set to 1) which will increase to 2, 3, 4 etc every time you enter a note (then adding extra random unwanted spaces), then just select the "0" step, then hit the "alt" key, it should lock the step option. If it doesn't stay, try "alt+1" for example.

RMT's main features are:

  • 4-channel mono or 8-channel stereo mode

  • Frame editor: can support up to 256 lines, with 254 different tracks

  • Instrument editor that can support up to 64 instruments. Includes settings for vibrato, volume slide and filter. Has an envelope table for volume, distortion, filter and portamento/pitch changing. Has a separate table for arpeggios/ornaments.

  • Can import .mod and Theta Music Composer .tmc files. Exports to .sap, .xex and .asm. You can also save instruments (.rti)

  • Allows separate speeds for instruments and song.

  • Midi support

  • 8-channel mode allows for stereo SAP's to be produced (4 left panning channels, and 4 right). Note that for major battles, 8-channel SAP's are forbidden from the SAP category, due to stereo SAP being a hacked feature only exclusive to RMT. Instead, BotBr's should use either the Wild Card category, or if available, the SAPx2 category.

    Raster Music Tracker can be downloaded from here

    The developer of RMT, Radek "Raster" Štěrba, died in a tragic accident in July 2011. A very special thank you to Raster for creating such a helpful tool.


    Listed below are the possible keyboard shortcuts in Raster Tracker. For a comprehensive list, go over to this handy website
    . Some of these are both hard to work out and useful.

    Block/Pattern Editor

    Shift+Up - Select/Highlight pattern data up
    Shift+Down - Select/Highlight pattern data down
    Shift+Any letter - Preview note
    Ctrl+A - Select/Highlight All
    Ctrl+C OR Ctrl+Ins - Copy selected data
    Ctrl+V OR Shift+Ins - Paste data
    Ctrl+X - Cut
    Ctrl+E - Exchange block and clipboard
    Ctrl+F - Effects/tools
    Ctrl+S - Save song
    Ctrl+L - Load song
    Ctrl+Z - Go to speed column
    Ctrl+ ' - Mute/Unmute Track
    Ctrl+Home - Start loop
    Ctrl+End - End loop OR Insert "End" command to skip to the next pattern
    Del - Delete
    Pg Up - Skip 8 rows up
    Pg Down - Skip 8 rows down
    Home - Go to start of pattern
    End - Go to End of pattern

    Song Editor

    Ctrl+U OR Del - Delete song line
    Ctrl+I - Insert empty line of blocks
    Ctrl+O - Insert copy of song line
    Ctrl+P - Insert new line with unused blocks
    Ctrl+N - Put new unused block in song position
    Ctrl+M - Create a duplicate of block
    G - Insert "Go To Line xx" command (required in order to save)

    In case you need some more help, check out Zlew's Not So Ultimate RMT Guide