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|Original author(s)||Lars Hamre, Anders Hamre, Sven Vahsen, Rune Johnsrud|
3.62 / 2000
4.0 Beta 2 / 2001
|Type||Tracker (music software)|
ProTracker is a popular freeware tracker created by Lars Hamre, Anders Hamre, Sven Vahsen and Rune Johnsrud for the Amiga platform. It is among the first programs that allowed for widespread creation of music without studio equipment. It was popular for amateurs and professionals, and set a standard for the MOD fileformat.
ProTracker allows the user to create sequences of notes called "patterns", which are chained together to form a complete song. Music created in ProTracker uses the MOD file format.
In addition to the basic features provided by Ultimate Soundtracker and NoiseTracker, ProTracker came equipped with a built-in sample editor and a keyboard split function to assign multiple instruments to different regions of the keyboard. Later versions also extended the MOD format by increasing the maximum number of patterns from 64 to 99.
ProTracker is capable of playing back music at the correct speed on both NTSC and PAL computers. Previous tracker software used playback routines which were synchronized to the refresh rate of the screen, which would cause incorrect playback on NTSC computers due to the higher refresh rate.
Open source remake
There's an ongoing effort since 2010 to make an open source software clone of ProTracker for modern platforms at SourceForge. The also "ProTracker 2.3D clone" named software is developed under the WTFPL public domain like license and available for Windows, Linux and MacOS.