The PC way

The next logical step, after all the music from the old-skool 8-bit platform of Commodore 64 and the 16-bit platforms of Atari ST and Amiga, is the 32-bit and now 64-bit, PC platform.

This was many years before integrated, standardized soundcards in Microsoft Windows. Back then, Gravis Ultrasound (GUS), Sound Galaxy and SoundBlaster, fought for domination.

The amount of music software was heavily influenced by the demo scene and their need for specialized trackers. This meant that there was quite a picking of, when it came to trackers, and all with their own unique features.


FastTracker 2 (by Mr. H and Vogue of Triton)


Impulse Tracker (by Pulse)


Scream Tracker (by PSI of Future Crew)

They must all be considered as distant relatives to the original SoundTracker from the Amiga – but have come a long way since


The tracker of the future, today, is Renoise