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  1. Capabilities
  2. Quick set up
  3. Expert tricks
  4. Links for further development
  5. See also
MilkyTracker is an open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files (part of what we call s3xmodit). It attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS program Fasttracker II, with special playback modes available for improved Amiga ProTracker 2/3 compatibility.


From their website:
MilkyTracker's key features:
- Fasttracker II like, custom graphical user interface with context menus
- Supported on multiple platforms including portable devices
- Very accurate .XM replay compared to FT2
- ProTracker 2/3 playback modes for playing and editing .MOD files
- Ability to open .IT files for sample extraction (but not for accurate playback)
- Various resampler options including emulated Amiga 500/1200 sound output
- Choose between a modern and a true-to-FT2 editing scheme / keyboard layout
- Tabbed user interface for opening and playing up to 32 modules simultaneously and for exchanging data between them
- Over 30 imported module formats
- Basic archive support for loading zipped, powerpacked and UMX modules directly
- Rendering songs/patterns to disk (.WAV) or directly to sample
- Powerful sample editor featuring waveform generators and sample offset preview
- In-depth instrument editor featuring envelope zooming and scaling and support for copying and swapping instruments and samples across tabs
- Low latency audio driver support
- MIDI In support
- Module optimizer
- Internal file browser option
- Various font sizes for improved visibility of pattern data
- Prospective pattern view option
- Playing and editing simultaneously
- Live mode for seamless pattern changes

Quick set up

MilkyTracker v1.00.00 Download
On github; older versions available in their website:
MilkyTracker older downloads

Extensive documentation here

In case the site is down, DeltaFire has provided the latest win64 and win32 builds in #milkytracker:

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MilkyTracker has built in configuration and option panel, for configuring things like window size, keymaps, and whether to display sharps or flats.

Expert tricks

MilkyTracker works exclusively on samples, and is meant to be used for sample based music.

It is possible to simulate "chip-style" music, by using the built in sample generator. You can generate square, triangle, saw, sine waves, and even three types of noise. The main downside is that you have to draw the square wave's duty cycles yourself, unlike other trackers that automate the process.

The sample editor possesses any feature that you would wish to find in a modern sampler, like resampling, editing, and drawing capabilities.

The other big weapon at your disposal is the instrument editor, where you can accurately draw volume and panning envelopes, and have access to many controls like vibrato speed and amplitude.

You have a wide amount of standard command effects at your disposal, that you must use in your song: some of the most useful being the pitch slides (1,2,3), the vibrato (4), the infamous arpeggio effect (0), setting your song BPM and speed (F), and many moar.
See Milkytracker Effects Commands for a complete reference!

A great in depth manual with keyboard shortcuts, and effects commands explained, can be found here

MilkyTracker repository

See also

MilkyTracker website

Milkytracker Effects Commands