Tracker Music

I recently got into tracking music with MilkyTracker. Just today I finished transferring a version of Yann Tiersen’s Comptine d'un autre été into tracker format. I wish I could share it with you, but I’m afraid that copyright makes this impossible.

I’m not yet at a point where writing music this way is more efficient than using my traditional LMMS-sequencer based workflow, but the part that interests me is that tracking comes with so many limitations which force me to focus more on the composition itself rather than choosing the right configuration for my instruments.

For instance, I cannot use virtual instruments in a tracker, I can only define samples. Because I don’t have a sample collection (Usually I only use virtual instruments!), this pretty much limits me to the sounds generated by the tracker itself, Square, Triangle, Sine, Sawtooth, and Noise.

Of course this might decrease the ‘sound quality’ of the resulting piece of audio, but the ‘quality’ of the music — as far as one might venture to imply such a thing exists — stays the same.

I hope to use trackers more in the future, and to expand my horizons this way.