Sep 272019
 

You are currently working on your latest production and need a way to compose music for it? Then the Arkos Tracker might be a good choice for you. In the latest version, Targhan, the author of it, completely rewrote it, so it is available for your favourite operating system now. Besides the obvious support for the Amstrad CPC it also supports the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Oric, Apple 2, Vectrex and the Sharp MZ-700 and of course you can also import various chiptune tracker formats (e.g. from Soundtrakker, Arkos Tracker 1, Starkos Tracker, Wyz Tracker, etc.) but also MIDI or MOD files for easy music conversion. Let’s not forget that it also supports extra hardware that adds multiple soundchips to your system (like the PlayCity on the Amstrad CPC).

This is an example tune playing in the Arkos Tracker 2:

You got interested in it? Great! Head over to the Arkos Tracker 2 homepage and download it.

Features:

  • Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac).
  • Manage both standard PSG sound and samples without any distinction!
  • Support of AY-3-8912 and YM2149F.
  • Unlimited PSG count! You can create standard 3-channel songs, or 6, 9, 32 or more if you want!
  • 4 columns of effects per channel, including Arpeggio (via a table or inline value), Pitch, slide, glide, change Arpeggio/Pitch/Instrument speed, etc.
  • Import from MIDI, AKS (Arkos Tracker 1), SKS (STarKos), 128 (BSC’s Soundtrakker), WYZ (Wyz Tracker), MOD, VT2 (Vortex Tracker 2), CHP (Chip’n’sfx).
  • 4 players, from versatile to extremely fast, or slower but less memory consuming.
  • Support of specific hardware: PlayCity (CPC), Spectrum TurboSound, SpecNext, MSX Darky and MSX FPGA (AKY player only).
  • Sound effect support, shared among songs.
  • ROM players available: no more auto-modifying code, a small buffer is used.
  • Exports can be assembly sources or binaries: it makes it easy to integrate the songs in your production.
  • Sources can be converted to any assembler.
  • Each PSG can have its own frequency (including custom ones).
  • Replay rate from 12Hz to 300Hz, or custom.
  • A song is composed of sub-songs, all sharing the same instruments. Helps you save even more memory!
Jun 292011
 

Tasteful Mr.Ship released a new music disk for the CPC, which contains conversions of his favourite AY songs from the 80s and early 90s. He also released the .SKS files for usage in the Starkos Tracker on two seperate disks. You can download it at the end of this posting or from the CPCWiki forums.

NTWICCT01

Now That's What I Call Chip Tunes
Now That's What I Call Chip Tunes

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Jul 092010
 

Ok, here it is: The final version of the Arkos Tracker.

With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

Changes:

  • The “Load Song” dialog can now load both AKS and SKS files at the same time.
  • You use use the command line to load a song.
  • Drag’n’drop possible to the Arkos Tracker executable file to load a song.
  • Bug corrected: Could not close the application with the top-right cross when the player was active.

    Jun 292010
     

    Arkos released a new Beta version of their cross-plattform tracker “Arkos Tracker”. With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

    You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

    Changes:

    • Ability to drag’n’drop AKS, AKI, SKS files into the Arkos Tracker.
    • Ability to limit the Pattern Viewer refresh rate in order to improve performance.
    • Load Song and Import SKS options are now mixed into one single option.
    • Corrected a bug that could make the Pattern Viewer not refreshed after having entered a volume, pitch or instrument.
    • Corrected a bug that would make the player use a wrong frequency when changing the replay frequency.
    • Corrected a bug that would make sounds not evolve on Speed 1 while adding them in the Pattern Viewer.
    • Slight improvement of the replay routine (shouldn’t be noticeable in 16 bits, but should in 8), after Dadman noticed a bug in the 8 bits replay.
    • A few cycles optimisations of the player (thanks to Grim/Arkos).
    • Spectrum player redesigned, corrected, and optimised by Grim/Arkos (using the “Molusk” song, max TM is 5300t, average is 2400t).
    • MSX player test debugged by Syx. MSX DSK updated by Syx.
    • Source of the CPCBooster client and management now included (Sources/CPCBooster).

      Jun 142010
       

      Arkos released a new Beta version of their cross-plattform tracker “Arkos Tracker”. With the Arkos Tracker you can compose your chiptune music for the Amstrad CPC (and a variety of other computers), compile them and use the player for the specific system. The sound playback is done via emulation of the AY-3-891x soundchip on your PC or directly on an Amstrad CPC via the CPC Booster+.

      You can download the new Beta version from the tools section of the Arkos homepage.

      Changes:

      • AKStoYM, a command line tool to convert any AKS song into an interleaved or non-interleaved YM6 format.
      • MSX2 compatible player test thanks to WYZ.

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