Neil (software)

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Neil Modular Tracker
Neil Modular Tracker (with modified colors)
Neil Modular Tracker Router View
Developer(s) Vytautas Jančauskas
Operating system Debian
Type Digital music workstation
License GPL

Neil Modular Tracker is a Free Software project to create a functional Jeskola Buzz clone for Linux, based on an earlier, currently unmaintained program called Aldrin. Maintained by Vytautas Jančauskas, it has ongoing activity as of 2011. The name is a wordplay on Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

The program is written in C++ and utilizes a Python-controlled interface. A Python module chooser is included. Since Dec 2011, it has employed a growing number of machines (all of which have been either written from scratch or adapted from buzz machines). The scons construction system is used to install and update Neil from sources. As of December 2011, there is no package set prepared for Linux distributions, the code is solely installable from source. As the author uses it, Debian GNU/Linux is the primary test platform.

The program consists of the following components:

  • Pattern Editor
  • The Router (similar to Machine View in Jeskola Buzz)
  • Sequencer
  • Wavetable
  • Info Box.

Also, a hd-recorder component, playback info, cpu-monitor and some minor tools are included. Website of the project links to examples of songs, a discussion group. A native .ccm format is used for songs. The authors do not aim to import Buzz songs.

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