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Karsten Obarski invents the Soundtracker concept with his Soundtracker (1987). 12 70.59%
Chris Huelsbek´s Soundmonitor (1986) was the first real tracker. 5 29.41%
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Old 09 October 2005, 11:56   #1
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What was the first soundtracker ?

What was the first real soundtracker for homecomputers?
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Old 09 October 2005, 12:40   #2
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Soundtracker 2.5 was the "original" soundtracker for me
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Old 09 October 2005, 14:28   #3
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Are you asking us or telling us? Obviously Soundmonitor was before Soundtracker, you've put the years in there yourself. There were definitely C64 trackers before The Ultimate Soundtracker, and the Real Time Composer on the Fairlight CMI was probably the very first actual tracker.

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Are you asking us or telling us? Obviously Soundmonitor was before Soundtracker, you've put the years in there yourself. There were definitely C64 trackers before The Ultimate Soundtracker, and the Real Time Composer on the Fairlight CMI was probably the very first actual tracker.

Some peole say the trackers concept based on the c64 Trackers (Soundmonitor) others say the ultimate soundtracker was the first real tracker.There is no clear agreement in this question.
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To make it even more confusing Fromwithin mentions the "Fairlight CMI" first launched acording to my handbook in 1979 though UNTIL 1982 and the introduction of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface commonly called MIDI was introduced synths had been limited to onboard appregiator devices.

By its definition a tracker is able to produce highly quantised rigidly structured , music from its own onboard bank of sampled sounds & its controlled through an alpha numeric scrolling display GUI.

So by definition a punched disk or waxed paper PLAYER piano or fairground organ would be its true ancestor.

I certainly suspect you are refering to the computor based trackers as opposed to sequencers so I wonder if there was ever a music program for the ZX81 ?

Even if it only played "happy birthday" in mono from a prewritten line it would count

Or would it ?
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Old 09 October 2005, 15:56   #6
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I voted for Chris Hülsbeck the SID genius. The guy is a giant, both in terms of stature and grandeur. He was the first to exploit the digital channel of the SID. Although Martain Galway was first to be published.
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Old 09 October 2005, 22:56   #7
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Huelsbecks music is cold, melancholic, metallic and humourless.
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Huelsbecks music is cold, melancholic, metallic and humourless.
That has nothing to do with this topic.
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Old 10 October 2005, 00:06   #9
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Indeed lopos2000 is correct please stick to the point of the POLL that NOB created

As this thread is about the FIRST tracker NOT a critique of personal tastes in electronic music

Otherwise I will have to go back to 1896-1906 and that dreadful "Dynamophone " or "Telharmonium" made by Thaddeus Cahill the first electrictronic instrument weighing in at 200tons and requiring TWO operators to play it

As the history of electronic music and its various composers is vast indeed
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I certainly suspect you are refering to the computor based trackers as opposed to sequencers so I wonder if there was ever a music program for the ZX81 ?

Even if it only played "happy birthday" in mono from a prewritten line it would count
Indeed a ZX81 tracker would be a sensation. Because of the missing
sound features.
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The only point I was making was if an earlier comercialy machine has been produced CAPABLE of sound ! The arguement over which tracker came first would have an earlier start date based on the definition of what a tracker is

While I have a nice little handbook that states the "birth" of each electro music innovation it bi-passes trackers completely hence my display of ignorance
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