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Back in the 1980s, machines called the Amiga
and Atari ST reigned supreme. They had really cool OS and decent sound and
video chips. In those days PC's could only beep and cost thousands of pounds,
how things have changed.
Anyway, these ere Tracker programs were built to
allow programmers to develop music for the games they were producing. The Atari
and Amiga could play 8 bit samples directly from memory and the trackers could
trigger these samples at pre-programmed intervals and apply effects to them to
produce a very decemt sounding tune.
Instead of displaying the song using
musical notation, the tracker displayed its tracks, vertically down the screen.
Notes were displayed in mnemonic form, such as C-5 E, where sample E is played
in C in octave 5. The notes could be edited simply by moving the cursor around
the tracks and pressing the keys on the keyboard
Advanced trackers such as Octamed include a sample editor
with which you could rip breakbeats and samples from your favourite records and
use them in your own compositions. When I first used Octamed on the Amiga, even
though it only had four tracks, it was jaw droppingly impressive. Now that PC
Octamed Soundstudio is here why not download it and see what a tracker