"Die ist ein Kinnerhunder und zwei Mackel über und der bitte
schön ist den Wundenhaus sprechensie. 'Nein' sprecht der Herren
'Ist aufern borger mit zveitingen'."
A dead German scientist (Monty Python)
THE ESION XLII TRACKER
by Karl Anders Øygard
This is an adapted version of the READ_ME file one could
normally find with the program in the /PROGRAMS/ESION.XLI folder.
This was sent to us by Lord HackBear, obviously to promote Karl
Anders who is less officially known as His Assistant.
Anyway. The program can be found on this disk as well.
It all starts in Sæbø, Norway, on Tuesday the 29th of January
Finally it's here; the "Esion XLII" tracker. Some have waited a
long time for this, but mostly no-one ever expected it.
The "ESION XLII" tracker is a program for writing music using
samples. It supports four completely independent channels,
realtime pitch bending and full volume control.
The tracker has been split in two versions, an ST version
("TRAK_ST.PRG") and an STe version ("TRAK_STE.PRG"). This has
been done to push the separate versions as much as the computers
allow. Compare the STe version to the ST version and you'll see
what I'm talking about. The "TRAK_ST.PRG" should work on all STs,
the "TRAK_STE.PRG" is STe specific.
We will not move on to brag about our mega, ultra, giga
fantastic tracker which beats anything else on the surface of
earth, and start criticising An Cool for being such a stupid git,
then go on about how bad Quartet is etc. etc. We think you see
for yourself what the programme is good for, and when compared to
existing programs for writing music, Esion does in most cases
come out on top.
If you think that the TCB tracker is a hundred times better than
the "ESION XLII" tracker, we should notify you of the fact that
ESION does load TCB modules, had better sound, and that 49.95
quid is rather a lot of money.
On the disk you will not find the final version of the "ESION
XLII" tracker, in fact, it's not the "ESION XLII" tracker at all,
it's the "ESION XLI" tracker. We have on purpose removed some of
the functions, and it contains nothing more than what meets the
eye. Furthermore there is no error checking whatsoever in the
demo. It is, however, perfectly possible to write genuine music,
and it should beat the hell out of the TCB Tracker.
As for documentation you are left completely at your own.
However, it is 100% compatible with the "NoiseTracker" Amiga v1.3
and most other trackers existing for the ST, provided these are
built around the soundtracker format. (Not "Future Composer".
Sorry, Hippel! ;^}
All code was written by Karl Anders Øygard during the periods
from the 10th of August to the 25th of August and from the 15th
of November to the 31st of December 1990.
Advice, explanations and corrections were given by Hans Arild
The graphical layout was designed by Karl Anders Øygard and Hans
Thanks to Joar Karsten Øygard, Kjetil Homme and Gard Eggesbø
Abrahamsen for moral/immoral support.
The sound tables in the ST version of Esion was based on the ST
Replay Professional sound tables and finetuned with an
oscilloscope most willingly lend by the Møre og Romsdal
Highschool of Engineering.
The following programs have been of invaluable help throughout
the development of ESION: "DevPac ST" 2 (hail HiSoft!), "Cyber
Paint" II, "NeoChrome" 2.19 and "Universal Item Selector" 3.1.
The "ESION XLII" tracker is under continuous development,
steadily being upgraded and improved. If we get sufficient
support, we may try to include the following features:
- TCB tracker-module saving
- AVR-sample loading/saving
- Midi support
- TT support
- Quartet song loading (saving?)
- Sample editor
- YM2149 support (DMA-sound computers only)
- Future Composer compatibility
- 25 Khz (Mega) STe?
- 8 voices
- Monochrome support..
- 32 voices (ATW only :^P
The latter six are not very likely to come through, though. :-)
The ESION XLI tracker is *NOT* public domain. It is shareware.
If you use the tracker and think it is a worthwhile product, you
may register by mailing the author 20 pounds or an equivalent
amount. You will then receive the official version of ESION
together with documentation, a couple of disks with samples, and
replay routines for ST/e for incorporation in your very own
programs. Those who wants singlesided disks must state so. This
will, however, cost you an extra 3 pounds.
The ESION XLI tracker may not be sold in any PD library unless a
reasonable part of the profit is paid to us. Also, the unchanged
document files *must* follow the tracker.
At the moment we are looking for distributors, so ESION may very
well appear on the commercial market. If you are interested in
distributing the tracker for us or need music for a game, do
Snailmail: Karl Anders Øygard
Phone: +47 070 40015 (weekends and holidays only)
Giro account: 0824 0427940
Email: Karl Anders 0ygard <C=no;PRMD=uninett;O=AAHS;S=data3d>
Karl Anders 0ygard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The ESION XLI/I tracker is (C) 1991 OUCH productions ltd.
The TCB tracker is (C) 1990 MPH Computer Supplies.
ST Replay Professional and Quartet is (C) 1989 Microdeal inc.
With love from Norway...
One last request to people who might consider it a good idea to
spread this demo version of the tracker separately from this
issue of our wholly remarkable disk magazine. If you do this,
then please add this document with it (use ALT+P in the pageview
mode to save it as "1st Word Plus" document). Thank you. I'm sure
all Norwegians will love you for it.
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.