Tracker beats

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Paralytik
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Post 21 May 2020

So, I guess some of us are tracker users. I started using MadTracker 2 back in the day, and have now returned to 8bitbubsy's modern clone of Fasttracker 2 due to a temporary relocation of my main desktop and gear.

It's great fun, albeit having a quite lofi workflow. I find that writing expressive melodies and rhythms is easier in trackers than in DAWs because of the possibility to input pitch up/down, portamento and vibrato per note, rather than drawing a ton of automation in a DAW to achieve the same things. The limitations inherent with using trackers can also boost creativity.

Here are a couple beats I've made with it during the past months.








If you also have tracker beats you want to show off to the world, don't hesitate to post them in this thread.
Questions or tips and tricks are also welcome.

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Jackjackdaw
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Post 21 May 2020

Nice work. I have been meaning to check out Renoise. Trackers are not really used to create the kind of music i make so i thought it would be interesting to see what comes out when i load my samples in.

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Paralytik
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Post 21 May 2020

Jackjackdaw wrote:
21 May 2020
Nice work. I have been meaning to check out Renoise. Trackers are not really used to create the kind of music i make so i thought it would be interesting to see what comes out when i load my samples in.
Thanks. I've dabbled a bit with Renoise in the past and I have a license, but it was a while since I used it. It's very powerful, I'm gonna give it a go again when my main desktop setup is up and running again.

Marc64
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Post 21 May 2020

A tracker layout would be nice in reason as an option to the normal sequencer :)

OverneathTheSkyBridg
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Post 23 May 2020

All we need is VST3 support in Renoise and we can have the Rack inside! Looking forward to that for sure.

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TheDragonborg
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Post 24 May 2020



I do it old school style... though I really need to figure things out as it's been a while since I used Adlib Tracker II.

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Prosper Mind
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Post 24 May 2020

Hi ,
Seen the topic and thanks for that, It's nice that trackers are still in use nowadays and from what I listen to very cool things are done, congratulations TheDragonborg and Paralytik.
Also for those who are interested in new gear which refers to trackers i think Polyend Tracker it`s worth to check , is already available to pre-order.

I just remembered the old days and decided to refresh and export a few songs that i did in Fast Tracker II long time ago (btw I also recommend the Windows version that is free to download) so would like to share with You guys :

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Thanks

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Paralytik
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Post 29 May 2020

Very cool stuff dudes, I like what I hear.

TheDragonborg that's proper old skool, haha. I have an old Atari, would be cool to try to track something on that.
And Prosper Mind, I really like the Up Relax track. Smooth liquid dnb feel.

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Post 29 May 2020

Jackjackdaw wrote:
21 May 2020
Nice work. I have been meaning to check out Renoise. Trackers are not really used to create the kind of music i make so i thought it would be interesting to see what comes out when i load my samples in.
Renoise is the bomb. Seriously.
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MannequinRaces
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Post 29 May 2020

Anybody use Renoise Redux inside of Reason? I’m waiting on Renoise to be able to use RRP.

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adfielding
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Post 30 May 2020

Ooh! I'm going to jump in here - it's been an awfully long time since I tried writing something original using a tracker, right up until a couple of weeks ago when I wrote some 90s-esque jungle and decided to write it using something a little more "era appropriate". I ended up recording it playing and stuck it on YouTube here.



Was a lot of fun, definitely something I'd like to revisit a little more often.

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Paralytik
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Post 01 Jun 2020

Very cool stuff adfielding! Checked out your album Unforgotten too, proper producing skills there. Was it made with Reason?

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miscend
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Post 03 Jun 2020

Very cool stuff. Seems like Drum n bass is really suited to tracker interfaces.

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Paralytik
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Post 03 Jun 2020

miscend wrote:
03 Jun 2020
Very cool stuff. Seems like Drum n bass is really suited to tracker interfaces.
That's where it started basically. The RXX fx (with the Xs being 00 in the fx column before you input a value) is very much suited to dnb and breakcore. I think Venetian Snares used trackers a lot for his earlier stuff, maybe for newer stuff too.
EDIT: RXX is repeat note, per note. So you can make some seriously glitchy stuff with that.

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Prosper Mind
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Post 04 Jun 2020

Thanks Paralytik . yeah , one of the genres of drum and bass i like , track is too short now but maybe in the future will do some kind of remix inside the Reason.
FullforceI - I am curious about the Renoise software , someday will have to try it , probably a whole new world compared to the Skale Tracker and FastTracker for Windows but I guess it's worth the money.

The Dragonborn - respect for the equipment and skills , nice chip tune , what computer did you use for that ?

AdamFielding - great track, Your skills are obvious but nice surprise with the tracker song.


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TheDragonborg
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Post 04 Jun 2020

It's just an old MS-DOS PC... with a Sound Blaster Pro 2.

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Paralytik
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Post 06 Jun 2020

TheDragonborg wrote:
04 Jun 2020
It's just an old MS-DOS PC... with a Sound Blaster Pro 2.
Nice, hehe.

Checked out your album on Bandcamp, nice work. Proper dark vibes. Clean production, but damn dirty at the same time.

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Post 21 Jul 2020

Paralytik wrote:
21 May 2020
So, I guess some of us are tracker users. I started using MadTracker 2 back in the day, and have now returned to 8bitbubsy's modern clone of Fasttracker 2 due to a temporary relocation of my main desktop and gear.

It's great fun, albeit having a quite lofi workflow. I find that writing expressive melodies and rhythms is easier in trackers than in DAWs because of the possibility to input pitch up/down, portamento and vibrato per note, rather than drawing a ton of automation in a DAW to achieve the same things. The limitations inherent with using trackers can also boost creativity.

Here are a couple beats I've made with it during the past months.








If you also have tracker beats you want to show off to the world, don't hesitate to post them in this thread.
Questions or tips and tricks are also welcome.
Can you use VST's in the Fasttracker 2 clone?
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