FAST TRACKER 2




AUTHOR/CREW
FREDRIK "MR. H" HUSS & MAGNUS "VOGUE" HÖGDAHL

LICENSE
SHAREWARE

SOURCE 
CLOSED

GENERATION
PCM

DEVELOPMENT 
ARCHIVED CLASSIC

STABILITY
STABLE

LAST UPDATE
1998

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
i486 DX4-120/MSDOS 6.22 WITH 32-EXTENDER

OVERVIEW

Successor of FastTracker created by Fredrik "Mr. H" Huss and Magnus "Vogue" Högdahl, two members of the demogroup Triton (who later founded Starbreeze Studios) which set about releasing their own tracker after breaking into the scene in 1992 and winning several demo competitions. The source code of FastTracker 2 is written in Pascal using Borland Pascal 7 and TASM. The program works natively under MS-DOS.

In 1993, Triton released FastTracker. This tracker was able to load and save standard four channel MOD files, as well as extended MOD files with six or eight channels (identical to standard MOD files, aside from the extra channel data and ID markers "6CHN" or "8CHN"). It was only compatible with Creative Labs' SoundBlaster series of sound cards, which were most popular on the PC at that time. The whole editor was a single 43 KiB DOS executable.

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.

FT2's biggest "rivals" in the scene were Scream Tracker 3, and in later years, Impulse Tracker. "FT2 vs IT" is a common and still ongoing debate among musicians, usually involving IT users complaining about FT2's mouse interface while FT2 users commending the very same, and pointing out that every mouse feature has a keyboard shortcut as well.

After the announcement that support and development for FT2 would be stopped, Ruben Ramos Salvador (BakTery) started working on a FastTracker 3 that is now known as Skale Tracker, available for both Windows, Linux and online. Another early FastTracker 2-compatible tracker for windows was ModPlug Tracker (later OpenMPT), a tool which was also compatible with many other contemporary DOS trackers. SoundTracker (not to be confused with Ultimate Soundtracker) is a free (GPL-licensed) FT2-style tracker program for Unix-like operating systems. For many years, it was one of the very few mature Unix-based tracker programs. Another clone is MilkyTracker, a free software tracker currently available for Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD. MilkyTracker provides nearly all functionality available in the original FT2 and adds various features. The GUI looks close, but intentionally different from the original. The shareware program Renoise' also takes a portion of FT2's basic GUI- and featureset-design, even though there are various major changes in its concept.

FEATURES
    • 32-channels!
    • supports SB (PRO,16) & GUS for audio and MIDI
    • loads MOD, S3M and its own format XM
    • integrated sampler, 16 bit samples, size unlimited
    • integrated hard-disk recording down to WAV
    • volume & panning envelope definitions for instruments
    • CDROM-DUMPer, if it doesn't work for you (sync errors, clicks) try it without starting Smartdrive
    MIDI SUPPORT
    YES

    IMPORT/EXPORT
    XM/S3M/MOD/WAV




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