Appendix E - Converting from musical score

Although Desktop Tracker is not based on a traditional music score, it is still possible to convert sheet music into Desktop Tracker format. Here are a few guidelines for you to follow.

The first thing to do is to decide how many tracks you want. Generally, you look through the music, and work out the maximum number of tracks the music plays, but you can add a couple, or remove some if you don't think it's important.

The next thing is to decide what instruments you want. It is often a good idea to try a few ”scratch• instruments, so you can get a feel of the tune, and then load other samples in, whilst playing the tune.

Then the tempo is to be considered. A quick tempo is good for fast notes, but during slow segments, it can waste memory, whereas a slow tempo is more accurate, but fast notes are difficult to enter. You can, however, change the tempo in mid-tune.

If you are entering triplets, then try not to change the tempo - use the effects ”1D xx• or ”05 vx•. Both of these provide options for placing notes at ”off-beat• intervals. If, for example, the tempo is 10, and you want a triplet to last 20, then you can use something like the following :

Voice 2Voice 3Effect 2Effect 3
C 2 00A#1 0005 2700 00
--- --D 2 0000 001D 04

The first note comes from voice 3, at the exact start of beat. The second note is held in voice 2, but is played on voice 3, after 7/50ths of a second, and the third note is in voice 3, which plays after 4/50ths of second after the second beat, or 14/50ths of a second after the first beat.

Now you can enter your music. It is a good idea to save it regularly, as you never know when a power cut may take place!