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Tracker
 

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  1. Overview
  2. Elements of a Tracker
  3. Amiga
  4. Amstrad CPC
  5. Apple IIgs
  6. Archimedes
  7. Atari 8-bit family
  8. Atari Falcon
  9. Atari ST & STE
  10. BeOS
  11. Commodore 64
  12. MS-DOS
  13. FreeBSD
  14. Game Boy / color
  15. Game Boy Advance
  16. GP2X
  17. GP32
  18. Linux
  19. Mac OS Classic
  20. Mac OS X
  21. MSX
  22. Nintendo DS
  23. Palm OS
  24. Play Station Portable
  25. PocketPC
  26. SAM Coupé
  27. Solaris
  28. Symbian S60
  29. VIC-20
  30. Windows
  31. Windows Smartphone
  32. ZX Spectrum
  33. ZX Spectrum + TR-DOS
  34. Digital, sample-based
  35. Cross-platform trackers
  36. See Also
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Overview




The name tracker comes from the tracker software Ultimate Soundtracker on the Commodore Amiga. A tracker is general term for a type of software used for music sequencing. Tracker’s use sound samples to be placed on a timeline, across multiple monophonic channels. The tracker interface is primarily numeric, notes are entered with the alphanumeric keys of the computer keyboard and parameters and effects entered in hexadecimal. A complete song is several multi-channel patterns chained together by a master list. Tracks (or channels), patterns, orders, samples, notes, effects are several elements common to any tracker program.
Tracker music is typically stored in so-called module files where the song data and samples are encapsulated in a single file.
There are also some tracker-like programs that utilize tracker-style sequencing schemes, while using real-time sound synthesis instead of samples. Many of these programs are designed for creating music for a particular synthesizer chip such as the OPL chips of the Adlib and SoundBlaster sound cards, or the sound chips of classic home computers.

Elements of a Tracker




A sample is a small digital sound file of an instrument, voice, or other sound effect. Most trackers allow a part of the sample to be looped, simulating a sustain of a note.

A note designates the frequency at which the sample is played back. By increasing or decreasing the playback speed of a digital sample, the pitch is raised or lowered, simulating instrumental notes (e.g. C, C#, D, etc.).

An effect is a special function applied to a particular note. These effects are then applied during playback through either hardware or software. Common tracker effects include volume, portamento, vibrato, retrigger, and arpeggio.

A track (or channel) is a space where one sample is played back at a time. Tracks have a fixed number of "rows" on which notes and effects can be placed (most trackers lay out tracks in a vertical fashion). Tracks typically contain 64 rows and 16 beats, although the beats and tempo can be increased or decreased to the composer's taste.

A pattern is a group of simultaneously played tracks that represents a full section of the song. A pattern is intended to represent an even number of measures of music composition.

An order is part of a sequence of patterns which defines the layout of a song. Patterns can be repeated across multiple orders to save tracking time and file space.


List of Trackers

Amiga



• AHX Tracker
• Audio Sculpture
• BP Soundmonitor
• DigiBooster
• DigiBooster Pro
• Future Composer
• HivelyTracker
• Noisetracker
• OctaMED
• Oktalyzer
• Protracker
• Radium
• SonicArranger
• StarTrekker
• Stonetracker
• TFMX
• Ultimate Soundtracker

Amstrad CPC



AY-3-8910
• Advanced Music Creator
• BooTracker
• ChaRleyTraCker
• Equinoxe
• Noise-Tracker
• Soundtrakker
• STarKos
Digital, sample-based
• Digitracker
• Protracker

Apple IIgs



• NoiseTracker GS (not to be confused with the Amiga Noisetracker)
• SoundSmith

Archimedes



• Coconizer
• Desktop Tracker
• Digital Symphony (The most advanced tracker to be released on RISC OS)
• Protracker (ported from the Amiga)
• STracker (Soundtracker - later version of "Tracker")
• Tracker
• WIMPTracker

Atari 8-bit family



POKEY
• Avalon Music Composer
• Black Magic Composer
• Chaos Music Composer
• Delta Music Composer
• Future Composer
• Music ProTracker
• Music Tracker
• Sound Tracker
• Theta Music Composer
Digital, sample-based
• Neotracker
• ProTracker

Atari Falcon



• ACE Tracker
• CMM (Crazy Music Machine)
• DBE Tracker
• Digital Home Studio
• Digital Tracker
• E.P.S.S. (Enhanced Polyphonic Sample Synthesizer)
• Flex Trax
• Graoumf Tracker
• Megatracker
• Octalyser
• Paula (8 & 16-Bit MODs)
• Protracker (STE version patched)
• Stormtracker
• Trakom

Atari ST & STE



• Audio Sculpture
• DBE Tracker
• Digicomposer
• E.P.S.S. (Enhanced Polyphonic Sample Synthesizer - only STE or TT)
• Equinox Protracker STe
• Equinox Soundtracker
• Esion XLI
• HMS Soundtracker
• Hypersound Digital
• MaxYMiser
• Madison
• Noisetracker
• Octalyser (not to be confused with the Amiga Oktalyzer) - only STE
• Protracker
• Quartet
• Soundmachine
• Stormtracker - only STe or TT
• TCB Tracker
• X-Protracker (rehacked version of Wizzcats Protracker) - only STE

BeOS



• Sawteeth

Commodore 64



• 20CC Music Editor
• Acid Track Creator
• Advanced Music Programmer (AMP)
• Ariston
• Asterion Sid-Tracker
• Audio Master
• Blackline Composer
• Blahtune A
• C64 Composer
• CensorEd
• CyberLogic Sound Studio
• CyberTracker
• Demo Music Creator
• Digitronix
• Doubletracker
• DrumMaker
• EMS Music Editor
• Enhanced Sidplayer Editor
• Future Composer
• GMC
• Groovy Bits
• Hardtrack Composer
• Iseq
• Jays Editor
• JCH Music Editor
• John Player
• Light Voices
• Master Composer
• Mastercomposer
• Matt Gray Editor
• Megasound Music Editor
• Micro Sound/Electrosound 64
• Music Assembler
• Music Composer
• Music Construction Set
• Music Maker
• Music Mixer
• Music Player
• Ninjatracker
• Odin Tracker
• Parsec Music Editor
• Playstar
• Power Music Editor
• Rob Hubbard Editor
• Rockmonitor
• RoMuzak
• Sadotracker
• Sid Duzz It
• SIDwinder
• Skyline Editor
• Soede-Editor
• Soede-Editor Turbo GTI
• Soft Tune Composer
• Sosperec
• Sound Tracker '64
• SoundBooster
• Soundmaker
• Soundmaster
• Soundmaster II
• Soundmonitor (MusicMaster)
• Sync
• System 6581
• TFX
• The Music Shop
• The Music Studio
• The Ultimate Editor
• Timecomposer
• TPX
• Track Player
• Tunesmith B
• Ubik's Musik
• Voicemonitor
• Voicetracker
• WE Music Sound Editor
• X-Tracker

MS-DOS



• AST for AWE32/64
• Composer 669
• Digitrakker
• Fast Tracker
• FastTracker II
• Farandole Composer
• Imago Orpheus
• Impulse Tracker
• Liquid Tracker
• ModEdit (3 versions, very popular pre-FastTracker II mod/xm tracker)
• MultiTracker
• PolyTracker
• RealTracker
• Scream Tracker
• Scream Tracker 3
• Ultra Tracker
• Velvet Studio
• X-Tracker
OPL2/3 (FM)
Trackers which uses FM synth sound chips of Adlib and Sound Blaster sound cards.
• Adlib Tracker
• Adlib Tracker II
• AMusic v1.12
• BoomTracker
• Composer 667
• DeFy Adlib Tracker
• Edlib
• Faust Music Creator
• HSC Adlib Composer, HSC-Tracker
• Mlat Adlib Tracker
• Reality Adlib Tracker
• Surprise! Adlib Tracker
• XMS-Tracker

FreeBSD



• ChibiTracker
• CheeseTracker
• MilkyTracker
Schism Tracker


Game Boy / color



• Blackbox musicbox
• Carillon
• LSDj
• Nanoloop 1.x
Fatass Tracker

Game Boy Advance



• M4G Tracker
Furious Advance Tracker
Ditty Editor
Nanoloop 2.x

GP2X



• LittleGPTracker
• MilkyTracker

GP32



• LittleGPTracker

Linux



• Aldrin
• CheeseTracker
• ChibiTracker
• Frinika
• KMidiTracker (A midi tracker)
• MilkyTracker
• ModPlug Tracker (with WINE)
• Psytexx (≤ v1.8 is a mod tracker while v2 (currently alpha) is an XM
• Radium
• Renoise
• Schism Tracker
• Skale Tracker
• SoundTracker, Linux (not to be confused with the AmiganSoundtracker)

Mac OS Classic



• MacMod Pro
• PlayerPRO (Open source; development discontinued)
• Sound Trekker (Latest version 2.2; development discontinued)

Mac OS X



• CheeseTracker
• ChibiTracker
• MilkyTracker
• PlayerPRO (Open source version ; no longer being developed)
• Renoise
• Schism Tracker
• Sunvox

MSX



• FAC Soundtracker
• KousTracker
• Meridian
• MoonBlaster
• Oracle
• Protracker
• PSG Tracker
• SCC Blaffer 1.0
• SCC Blaffer NT
• SCC Musixx
• Studio FM
• TwoFun
• XelaSoft MODedit

Nintendo DS



• NitroTracker (a '[[FastTracker II' style homebrew tracker)
• BlipTracker (a drum-machine in tracker style. homebrew)

Palm OS



• Psytexx (≤ v1.8 is a mod tracker while v2 (currently alpha) is an XM tracker)
• Sunvox

Play Station Portable



• PSPseq
• Rhythm

PocketPC



• MilkyTracker
• Syntrax

SAM Coupé



• E-Tracker
• ProTracker 2

Solaris



• MilkyTracker

Symbian S60



• Mobi Tracker
• Syntrax

VIC-20



• Fisichella
• Victracker

Windows



• Aodix
• Axs
• BeRoTracker
• Boyscout
• Buzz
• Buzé (a viable remake of Buzz)
• ChibiTracker
• Digitrakker
• Dream Station (with integrated good synthetizer,FX, automation...).
• Dream Station 2 (now supports VST, Dxi and has optional Piano Roll editing)
• Frinika (Also for Linux and Mac)
• Graoumf Tracker 2
• LittleGPTracker
• MadTracker
• MED Sound Studio (Formerly OctaMED, ported from Amiga)
• MIDI XG Tracker
• Midget
• MilkyTracker
• ModPlug Tracker
• Nakalyne
• NerdTracker II (port of the DOS version)
• NesTracker (2a03 tracker)
• NoiseTrekker, windows (not to be confused with the Amiga Noisetracker)
• Psycle is a free audio software tracker combined with modular capabilities
• Psytexx (≤ v1.8 is a mod tracker while v2 (currently alpha) is an XM
• Raster Tracker
• Renoise (A commercial tracker, can host VST/VSTi)
• reViSiT (A plugin VSTi tracker)
• Schism Tracker
• Skale Tracker
• SVArTracker (A modular software studio, can host VST/VSTi, DX plugins)
• Synder (with integrated synth)
• SunVox (modular synth with tracker interface)
• VioLet Composer (free software)
• Ztracker

Windows Smartphone



• MilkyTracker
• Tokotracker

ZX Spectrum



• Sample Tracker (digital)
• Soundtracker
• SQ Tracker

ZX Spectrum + TR-DOS



For AY-3-8910 sound chip
• ASC Sound Master (ASC, ASM, Advanced Sound Master)
• Cacofony Pro System
• Fast Tracker
• Global Tracker
• Minimal Tracker
• Pro Sound Creator (PSC)
• Pro Sound Maker (PSM)
• Pro Tracker (v1.x, v2.x, v3.x)
• Sound Tracker
• Sound Tracker Pro (STP)
• SQ Tracker
• Turbo Sound Editor (TSE, for 2xAY)

Digital, sample-based



• Chip Tracker
• Digital Designer
• Digital Music Maker (DMM)
• Digital Studio
• Digital Wave
• Excellent Tracker
• Extreme Tracker
• Flash Tracker (v2.x)
• Global Digital Music Editor (GDE)
• Prodigi Editor (Professional Digital Editor)
• RIFF Tracker
• SQ Tracker (same name with not related AY-3-8910 tracker)
• Sample Tracker
• Sampler
• UltraSonic
• Whistle Tracker

Cross-platform trackers



Allows to create music for one system on another. Usually uses emulation to produce sound, some of trackers also can use real sound chips connected to host system.
Amiga
• GoatTracker (SID sound chip, Commodore 64)
MS-DOS
• NerdTracker II (2A03 soundchip, Nintendo Entertainment System)
Linux
• GoatTracker (SID sound chip, Commodore 64)
Mac OS X
• GoatTracker (SID sound chip, Commodore 64)
Windows
• FamiTracker (2A03 sound chip, Nintendo Entertainment System)
• GoatTracker (SID sound chip, Commodore 64)
• Mod2PSG2 (SN76489 sound chip, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System)
• MVSTracker (Neo Geo FM synth)
• MVSTracker MD (modified for Sega Mega Drive sound chips)
• NeoTracker (Neo Geo Pocket Color sound chip)
• Paragon Five Tracker (Game Boy sound chip)
• Raster Music Tracker (POKEY sound chip, Atari XE/XL)
• TFM Music Maker (2xYM2203 sound chips, compatible with YM2612, ZX Spectrum with TurboSound FM device and Sega Mega Drive)
• Vortex Tracker II (AY-3-8910 sound chip, ZX Spectrum)

See Also



List of Trackers
Chip Music

referencing to:
- 2a03 (soundchip)

 
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