Tobias Weynand announces NitroTracker for Nintendo DS

NitroTracker is a FastTracker II style tracker for the Nintendo DS. If you didn’t understand that, you might want to read up on trackers.

For starters, NitroTracker is a versatile tool for creating music – everywhere! It supports the popular XM file format that is used by many PC trackers and that can be played on many PC audio players such as Winamp or XMMS.

With NitroTracker, you can carry your XMs around in your DS and compose whenever and wherever you feel like it. “Tracking on a handheld console? Sounds like a pain in the ass.” You might say.

But because of the touchscreen and stylus of the DS, it’s quite easy. You can compose your melodies using an on-screen keyboard, directly edit your patterns by making selections, copying and pasting – all with the stylus.

And that’s not where it ends: If you don’t have any samples at hand, make your own with the DS’s microphone. You can even replace the samples in existing songs with your own recorded ones. There are many possibilities already and there will be even more.

Current features

-Composing with the stylus using an on-screen keyboard
-Selecting, copying and pasting with the stylus
-Loading and saving XM modules (sorry, no effects yet)
-Loading WAV samples (any sampling rate, 8 or 16 bit)
-Recording samples with the DS’s built-in microphone!
-Viewing samples
-16 hardware channels
-Standby mode when the DS is closed
-Support for several CF/SD-Adapters (GBA Movie Player CF, SuperCard CF, M3 CF and Neoflash MK2/MK3)

Planned features

-Full XM feature spectrum including effects
-32 or even more channels
-Other formats (definitely MOD, perhaps IT, S3M)
-Sample postprocessing (echo,fading etc.)

For more info visit the NitroTracker website.

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