Windows"By far the most active area in tracking software these days is in Windows. It's strange then, that there are still so few Windows trackers".

That's what I wrote in the 1998 version of this FAQ and what a difference a year makes, because here we are up to our eyeballs in new Windows based trackers. The best thing about this is that they are not all vapourware! They actually exist!! :-)

Yep, finally, at last, Windows can be said to contain some very decent trackers indeed. Really has to be said that the MODPlug Tracker has improved beyond all recognition to the early stuff we saw in absm only a couple of short years ago. MPT is now a very mature, stable Windows tracker and although it was arguably first on the scene, it's been joined by MadTracker, Versa Tracker, et al.... There's still plenty of vapourware out there too with projected versions of IT3 for Windows, ReTrack (a Windows FT type) and still another FT3 for Windows! Whether any of these ever see the light of day, we'll have to see. On that front, IT3 looks very promising - at least judging by the screenshots doing the rounds.

The long awaited PC version of the Amiga favourite OctaMED Sound Studio is still not known. Alpha (or test) versions of this tracker are downloadable from the OctaMED site. At the time of writing, release is set for 3rd Qtr of 1999.

  • Modplug Tracker
    As we were finishing this update this tracker was being released in it's 'final' version 1.4, although it's always best to see the site for more current versions.

    The ModPlug Tracker is a 32-bit Windows 95/NT application, featuring a lot of options to create the best possible output (Up to 48KHz, 16-bit,stereo): 32-bit internal precision for mixing, dithered to 16-bit, MultiPoint cubic and quadratic spline resampling when High Quality resampling is selected Support for MMX acceleration Volume Ramping option, to suppress pops and clicks due to sample offsets, and big volume changes (Also creates more realistic volume slides) Digital Bass Expansion digital low-pass filter (filter range and depth customizable in Advanced Player Options) Dolby Pro-Logic Surround support with custom delay and 100Hz-7KHz filter depth 4-delay lines Reverb Option with cross feedback, simulated early reflections, with customizable depth and delay Noise Reduction: attenuation of the background noise by filtering very high frequencies in the sound Stereo Separation option (25%-400%), useful for headphones 5-bands Graphic Equalizer (requires fast floating point support) DirectSound support for low-latency mixing on hardware-accelerated soundcards Up to 64 channels supported for editing (up to 80 virtual channels)

    The following formats are supported for import: .669: UNIS 669, 669 Composer modules.FAR: Farandole Composer modules,.IT: Impulse Tracker modules,.MDL: DigiTracker 1.x modules .MOD: ProTracker modules (4-32 channels,15/31 samples),.MTM: MultiTracker modules, .NST: NoiseTracker modules,.OKT: Oktalyzer Modules,.S3M: ScreamTracker III modules,.STM:ScreamTracker II modules,.ULT: UltraTracker modules,.WOW: Grave Composer modules,.XM: FastTracker II modules All the above when zipped (*.MDZ, *.S3Z, *.XMZ, *.ITZ, *.ZIP).

    ModPlug Tracker can save in the following formats: IT: Impulse Tracker modules. MOD:ProTracker modules (4-32 channels, 15/31 samples). S3M: ScreamTracker III modules. XM: FastTracker II modules. WAV: Wave Files (Direct-to-disk recording) There are two display modes, to respect FT2/ IT notation: MOD/XM (commands are displayed from 0 to X) and S3M/IT (commands are displayed from A to Z) You can edit multiple songs at the same time.

    The following sample formats are supported in the current version: .WAV: Uncompressed Windows Wave File (PCM 8/16bit, mono/stereo),XI: Samples from XI instruments. .PAT: UltraSound GF1 Patches (8/16-bit mono) .S3I/.SMP: ScreamTracker 3 / DigiTracker Samples .RAW: Support for importing any file as RAW sample data. FastTracker II XI instruments are supported for import/export.
  • MadTracker 2.02
    Programmed by Yannick Delwiche

    NEW in 2.02: volume slide effects in volume column, delay effect for stereo samples, pattern expand/shrink functions, improved pattern copy/ paste function, better FastTracker effects support, better S3M support, some small bugs fixes, nice new font

    Features: Bilingual: English and Francais, runs under Windows NT4 and Windows 95 (or above), intuitive-customizable-windowed interface, ProTracker & FastTracker shortcuts, 32 tracks - 4 polyphony channels per track, 32-bit internal mixing with 16-bit interpolation, very accurate pitches (40-bit precision), volume ramping (48-bit precision), advanced click removal (the old note is cut while the other one begins), New Note Actions, 1 volume column and 1 panning column, FastTracker effects + New effects, 2-bytes effect parameters, drum pattern editor, uses stereo samples, track effects (delay, stereo delay, filter, flange), automation (envelopes for tracks volume & effects), wave file export (upon 'professional' registration)

    File Formats Supported:

    Modules: MadTracker 2 Module (*.MT2), Extended Module (*.XM), Impulse Tracker Module (*.IT) (import only), Scream Tracker Module (*.S3M) (import only), ProTracker Module (*.MOD) (import only),

    Instrument Formats: MadTracker 2 Instrument (*.MTI), FastTracker 2 Instrument (*.XI),

    Sample Formats: MadTracker 2 Sample (*.MTS), Microsoft Wave (*.WAV), Macintosh AIFF (*.AIF), Amiga IFF (*.IFF),

    MadTracker also supports Mad Tracker Extensions (*.MTX) where add-on routines will be added for extra effects, moves etc. Look out for some exciting innovations with this tracker!

    Mad Tracker is shareware with two levels of registration: normal ($20) or 'professional' ($40). The 'professional' registration allows the use of an MT 'Wav' writer and specialised ugrades.
  • VersaTracker 1.0
    Programmed by Khaled Agrama

    VersaTracker has a wonderfully easy interface, anyone familiar with MODplug Tracker will recognise Versa Tracker! This currently supports the loading and playing of XM's, S3M's, MOD's, and IT's (versions 2.12 and earlier). However, please take note, editing anything other than XM's will not work properly. Full MOD, S3M, and IT support are planned for the final release.

    Currently, the tracker downloads with an html file which mentions some of the shortcut keys and commands. This is the only help currently available, but hopefully it should be enough to get you going. The tracker has two main sections: the instrument editor and the pattern editor, and is easily one of the most intuitive Windows tracker currently available. Web Site Program

And finally, the continuing campaign to get OctaMED onto the pc...
  • OctaMED Soundstudio V1.00
    Octamed beta 12 by RBF Software

    If you want to try out a Demo version then you can download it via the Windows pages of the OctaMED Web Site at:

    Some early FAQ details about the program can be found on the PC pages at the above site.


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