Linux is an attractive platform for professional audio production. It is an extremely stable operating system that has good support for audio hardware. Using a Linux machine as the focus of your recording setup opens a world of possibilities for an affordable price.
A music tracker (short version tracker) is a type of music sequencer software for creating music. The music is represented as discrete musical notes positioned in several channels at discrete chronological positions on a vertical timeline.
A music tracker’s user interface is usually number based. Notes, parameter changes, effects and other commands are entered with the keyboard into a grid of fixed time slots as codes consisting of letters, numbers and hexadecimal digits. Separate patterns have independent timelines; a complete song consists of a master list of repeated patterns.
Here’s our findings on the best music trackers captured in one of our legendary ratings chart. All of the software is free and open source.
Let’s explore the 6 music trackers. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action together with links to relevant resources.
|MilkyTracker||FT2 compatible music tracker|
|FamiStudio||NES music editor|
|klystrack||Tracker for making C64/NES/Amiga-style chiptunes|
|Radium||Music editor sporting a sleek interface billed as a next generation tracker|
|OpenMPT||Audio module tracker (needs Wine to run)|
|Schism Tracker||Reimplementation of Impulse Tracker|
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