It’s been two years since my last Milkytracker and Drummer video, but now the time has finally come for a new one! This track is called, Cherry Red Lips, and I made all the samples and music within Milkytracker on a 2004 iBook G4 1.42ghz. I then recorded the drums in Pro Tools 7.4 with an Mbox 1 also on the iBook. The video was created in Kdenlive on Ubuntu 18.04LTS on my Dell Gaming Inspiron 5k Drums used: Tama Imperialstar Bop (2015 discontinued, 18″ kick, 12/14 toms, 14 snare. Heads, Toms/Snare – Aquarian Studio X https://amzn.to/2Q2DlBZ Kick – Aquarian Superkick 1 https://amzn.to/2D9J06z Sticks – Aquarian X10 https://amzn.to/2Q0mGPp Mics (kick and overhead) Nady RSM-5 https://amzn.to/2DcvD5m
I made another song in MilkyTracker, then recorded some drums to it. I created most of the samples in this one directly in MilkyTracker. I’m really happy with this one, especially the drum sound.
I only had 4 inputs for drums so I miked up the kick, snare, a single overhead, then used a behringer line mixer to run two dynamic mics to one channel for toms. In the mix I painstakingly cut every single rack tom and floor tom hit and put them into their own channel so I could pan them separately. With the single overhead, I duplicated it, changed the eq on the copy and offset it slightly with the original, then panned them LR to give it a pseudo stereo image.
This is actually the second version of this video I made, the first one had some lag in the transitions, so I redid the whole vid in Sony Vegas and it came out much smoother.
I just wanted to share with you this easy way to make your own samples right within MilkyTracker.
How to make chiptunes, How to use trackers, tracker tutorial
Similar to my Protracker and a Drummer series, but now I’m doing this with MilkyTracker on Elementary OS Linux. Samples are a mixture of Fairlight CMI, Commodore SID, and Casio PT60. I set MilkyTracker to 22050hz sample rate with Amiga 1200 resampling (to give a more authentic chippy sound)
Drums used : Tama Imperialstar bop kit
Cymbals used : Paiste 402 14″ Hi Hats, Paiste PST7 20″ Light Ride (as crash), Paiste Alpha 20″ Power Ride
Heads: Remo Vintage A batters on snare and toms with Tama clear single ply bottoms, Aquarian two ply coated batter, Remo Vintage Emperor w/ felt strip resonant
Sticks: Aquarian X-10 5A combo
I came across this great group of videos about how to create music in Milkytracker. Milkytracker is a Fasttracker II clone that works on nearly every computing platform in existence. It is a music tracker, which means you compose music by aligning samples vertically within a hexadecimal marked grid that scrolls though patterns on the screen.
It’s different than modern midi sequencers and DAWs and is one of the oldest ways to compose music on a computer. Trackers are commonly used in creating chiptune style music because of their history in music creation for games and old computer systems.
I created a tutorial a while back on Milkytracker, but since then found some better ones than the one I made, or ones that are a little more in depth online so I thought I’d put together a playlist to help people get started in creating chiptunes with Milkytracker.