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If names like Ultimate Soundtracker, Scream Tracker, ProTracker, Impulse Tracker, FastTracker 2, Renoise sound very close to your ears you've come to right place. If you don't know what i'm talking about just keep reading and be enlightened! 

Then, welcome to the most comprehensive database of music tracking software on the internet. Currently it is in an embryo condition, but i do my best to fill it with all needed information, as fast as i can. I'm working on this project alone, so updating will be quite slow. Please, be patient. And finally, i can rest assure you, that this insane idea will not be abandoned until all tracker programs on all available platforms released till 2016 will be fully reviewed here. Greetings to all trackers around the globe!

Project is in alpha stage, so many bugs and mistakes awaits you. Аll software downloads rely on trusted and reliable external resources. If they are for some reason down, i am sorry. And of course, i would like to say thanks, to all external sites for providing valuable information.

DEFENITION


TRACKER is a piece of powerful software [very often it is completely free or comes as shareware product], that can bring the ability of creating music to your home desktop or bedroom laptop in an EASY AND FAST way. From the first roots of tracker software the main concept was SPEED AND CONVENIENCE of use. These features differ it from professional  digital workstations, which are often quite complicated for understanding by an average man.


THE ULTIMATE SOUNDTRACKER [1987]

Tracker 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 or effects entered in hexadecimal. A complete song is several multichannel 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 predefined samples. Many of these programs are designed for creating music for a particular synthesizer chip like OPL chips of the Adlib and SoundBlaster sound cards, or the sound chips of classic home computers. A tracker is a piece of software, that allows music to be made using only a computer and some sound samples. These sound samples are then played back at varying pitches and with various effects so as to produce music. Modern trackers delivering soft-synthesized instruments also, not just samples of FM modulation.


RENOISE [NOWADAYS]


HISTORY

At first, there was only void...no-no, not so far away, khmm. At first, appeared the father of all trackers: THE ULTIMATE SOUNDTRACKER on great'n'first personal multimedia computer AMIGA. It was released in 1987. The second step was NoiseTracker in 1989. And in 1991 appeared ProTracker with stunning features and new possibilities. Faster 32-bit CPU's, especially brand new'n'powerful Motorola 68060  make multichannel software mixing possible, like never before. Then DigiBooster Pro 2 was involved into action. 

Exactly on Amiga platform the seeds of tracker madness was sown. The most matured version of this awesome operating system, by my opinion, was released around 2000. Version 3.9 to be precise. It was the last true AmigaOS. If you thirsty to know more about topic visit this website. And if, for some accident, somebody keeps running 3.9 till nowadays and want to make it more up-to-date check  this also. I can say many-many words more, but EXCELLENT LINEAGE GRAPH OF MUSIC TRACKERS in different operating systems, could bring your understanding of tracker history to another level. And will do it in more perceptive and convenient way, then just a text. Added with author permission: CLAUDIO MATSUOKA.






keep on tracking!
-spacedrone808

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