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Schism Tracker


  1. Capabilities
  2. Quick set up
  3. Expert tricks
  4. Links for further development
  5. See also
Schism Tracker is a free clone of Impulse tracker for Windows, Linux, OSX, BSD, and the Nintendo Wii (no longer supperted). It is based on ModPlug Tracker and developed by Storlek and Mrs Brisby.


Schism Tracker runs on almost any platform that SDL supports, and has been successfully built for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, AmigaOS, BeOS, and even the Wii. Most development is currently done on 64-bit Linux. Schism will most likely build on any architecture supported by GCC4 (e.g. alpha, m68k, arm, etc.) but it will probably not be as well-optimized on many systems.

Quick set up

Download here: Schism Tracker donload

If you want to use Schism Tracker without starting up X11:
Set up a console framebuffer, it should run just fine. Try adding vga=768 to your boot line for a 640x400 video mode with 80x25 text and no letterboxing effect. (This doesn't work on all video cards, unfortunately.)

F1 is help :) A reference to everything
Alt-L Alt-C to select all and copy
F2/F3/F4 to switch screens

There is no sample drawing but press Alt-Y and type some stuff.

ImpulseTracker Effects Commands

Expert tricks

Schism Tracker currently responds to MIDI Start, Continue, Stop, and Reset messages by starting/stopping the song. However, Schism Tracker does not respond to MIDI clock tick events.

Ctrl-Z in the pattern editor turns on a MIDI-trigger mode that starts the song/pattern and enables playback tracing when a MIDI note is received. This to record live MIDI into patterns.

The 'bleeding-edge current source' can be downloaded with Git:

See also

- ImpulseTracker Effects Commands
- List of Trackers