Towards the end of 1992, Triton, PC demogroup famous for Crystal Dreams, released FastTracker. FastTracker had a 4-channel mode that was fully MOD-compliant but then also had 6- and 8-channel modes that effectively wrote out MOD files with extra note data for the extra channels. The files were still named .MOD, so to denote that the files were made with FastTracker, one of the format signatures inside the MOD file usually reading “M.K.” was changed to “6CHN” or “8CHN”. For a very short period, this was the only alternative to Composer 669 if you wanted 8 channels and a familiar MOD-composing environment. Also, people were wondering why these played at half-speed in MOD players that didn’t support them or didn’t open in software that looked for the “M.K.”
Through 1994, the musicians in Triton released some songs in a new multichannel "XM" format, accompanied by a pre-release, standalone player. In November 1994, FastTracker 2 was released to the public, with support for the Gravis Ultrasound sound card.
- 8-channel MOD support
- compatibility with SoundBlaster only
- very small memory footprint