Impulse Tracker 2.14 by Jeffrey Lim
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release date : december 1997
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popularity : 76%
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alltime top: #950
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The best tracker ever. Made by Jeffrey Lim.
rulez added on the 2004-09-04 21:14:59 by teel teel
The tracker. snif snif
rulez added on the 2004-09-04 21:18:38 by acidbeat acidbeat
oh yeah, a jewel :)
rulez added on the 2004-09-04 21:20:56 by _-_-__ _-_-__
i agree!
rulez added on the 2004-09-04 21:22:26 by mrdoob mrdoob

..ok, I did use this for a while and it does have a couple of rather nifty features. Went back to FT2 quite soon, though.
added on the 2004-09-04 21:45:18 by jobe jobe
rulez added on the 2004-09-04 22:26:09 by ninja ninja
jobe :: rather nifty features? yeah, sure, acoustic filters, filter envelopes (registered users), pitch envelope, midi macros, new note actions, carry, random volume & panning option, channel volume effect, global volume, 64 channels... nad many more "rather nifty features". and btw. ft2 have fucked-up fine tunning.
added on the 2004-09-04 22:31:27 by ninja ninja
vdmsound let run it with xp :)
added on the 2004-09-04 22:35:58 by ninja ninja
never really used it due to the horrible interface and user-unfriendliness, but it's said to have some good points.
added on the 2004-09-04 23:19:19 by dipswitch dipswitch
Very KooL Tracker. With Nice Balance Slides (you can see in the picture, above). :)
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 00:22:43 by BITS BITS
dipswitch :: your "user-unfriendliness" is a subjective way of thinking ;P
added on the 2004-09-05 00:46:12 by ninja ninja
sucks added on the 2004-09-05 01:55:13 by EviL EviL
Pure love after starting with ST3. Everything was just so perfect here.
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 02:26:58 by uncle-x uncle-x
Not my thing :)
But nice anyway ;)
added on the 2004-09-05 02:27:50 by cerror cerror
yeah. it's OG
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 07:43:24 by radman1 radman1
It's so sad.

Impulse tracker had the advanced features and Fasttracker the unmatched usability. Too bad those worlds never merged to form the ultimate tracker (and now, it's too late anyway...).

Personally, I only used it as an xm player because it2 managed to play them in 16bit quality on my crappy soundcard and ft2 didn't.
added on the 2004-09-05 09:34:32 by tomaes tomaes
True love !
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 10:13:27 by willbe willbe
i have tried tracking with several trackers, and this was the best one (and easiest to use)
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 12:20:01 by shadez shadez

looked tempting around the time i checked it, yet instead of getting into i kept using what i've mastered

added on the 2004-09-05 12:47:16 by raver raver
my favorite tracker like, ever
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 12:49:12 by ricky martin ricky martin

hey rm, i just bought tr-626 here in cologne;)

added on the 2004-09-05 12:53:15 by raver raver
"i heard this rocks"... :D
added on the 2004-09-05 21:17:08 by Gargaj Gargaj
As an FT2 zealot I hate this stupid interface and I think Jeff still wants me to die for publishing a certain algorithm, but there have been made so many great songs with this tool that it HAS to be good somehow.
rulez added on the 2004-09-05 23:18:24 by kb_ kb_
It was my favourite once...
rulez added on the 2004-09-06 01:38:53 by jimmi jimmi
the very nice s3m player.
added on the 2004-09-09 13:39:19 by t1_ t1_
Tracking modules ... no
User friendly interface as player ... no
rulez added on the 2004-09-09 16:21:14 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
the first tracker i managed to do something with. And the first music tool I got. I don'T use it anymore (i use ModPlug -configured as IT- instead) but I can't deny IT is TeH ruling tacker.

...and now about trackers: I prefer FruityLoops and the likes (tho you can't have anything other than wav or mp3 with that.)
rulez added on the 2004-09-10 08:51:32 by BarZoule BarZoule
While I was reluctant to switch from ST3 in the early days, once we hit version 2 it was all good. I still use it to this day as my main scene music tool.

rulez added on the 2004-09-10 11:08:23 by troll troll
sounded really really nice.

i never was a fan of the interface, but that's almost a religious issue.

the network mode was killer feature that was sadly never used, probably cause it required ipx at a time where network cards weren't that common.

still, yep an incredible tool.
rulez added on the 2004-09-10 21:13:22 by florent florent
hmmm... i wonder if network mode will work decently on WinXP wireless cards runningIT on vdmsound. would own :D
tried several times to get network on IT to work and always failed misserably no matter how much doc i read and trials we attempted.. :/
added on the 2004-09-13 20:31:47 by psenough psenough
It made me itch all over while using it (ST3 interface...bleargh) but starting with version 2.x it was actually getting very funky.
rulez added on the 2004-09-13 20:50:37 by Shifter Shifter
Hm, can't run this in emulator... How to use this in emulator? Do you have video filez?
"video filez"? Dude, this is a tool, no demo.
added on the 2004-09-14 18:32:59 by tomaes tomaes
I've used IT for a year and then moved to FT2, I prefer FT2 but IT was a fine alternative.
rulez added on the 2004-09-14 19:14:57 by ravity ravity
make more music.
rulez added on the 2004-10-07 22:04:23 by tintoitaly tintoitaly
FT2 is better. But this is also nice :P
rulez added on the 2004-12-03 22:02:22 by erpherman erpherman
switching from st3 to it was like switching from a aston martin to a bentley. ok, bad comparison, but it's late anyway...

IT == my scene life
rulez added on the 2005-01-03 04:47:57 by jeenio jeenio
I spent soooo many hours and hours with you, darling :_)
rulez added on the 2005-01-07 14:49:52 by yero yero
heh :))
rulez added on the 2005-01-07 16:00:47 by maali maali
All the music i wrote during my oldtime as a scener was with this great piece of software... XM and S3M effects in the same product!
rulez added on the 2005-04-17 20:00:42 by mogu mogu
erpherman: ft2 is better?! blah, you don`t anything about trackers...
added on the 2005-04-17 20:14:33 by ninja ninja
erpherman: ft2 is better?! blah, you don`t know anything about trackers...
added on the 2005-04-17 20:15:04 by ninja ninja
rulez added on the 2005-06-02 13:31:32 by apricot apricot
What can be better then IT ?!! May be only 100% IT clone like Schism Tracker :)
rulez added on the 2005-12-25 10:17:27 by Manwe Manwe
sucks added on the 2005-12-25 11:52:38 by Dubmood Dubmood
IT might have had more features but it came long time after FT2 introduced instruments with envelopes and stuff. I remember the first IT versions simply represented ST3 without any fancy new features. Textmode interface sucks also ;)
added on the 2006-01-26 17:20:08 by pailes_ pailes_
The best tracker GUI ever.
rulez added on the 2006-02-05 21:28:02 by _^^o _^^o
yeah, the idea to make it in textmode to save cpu time was (in 1995) just brilliant.
rulez added on the 2006-07-26 00:20:41 by crs crs
Horrible interface.
sucks added on the 2006-11-27 13:28:26 by xeron xeron
i'm quite sure timba uses IT, too
rulez added on the 2007-03-14 17:28:34 by ilmarque ilmarque
The Only One. Still no good equivalent for Windows/Linux. (and no, Schism is NOT a good equivalent - everything made on the ModPlug engine is shit.)
rulez added on the 2007-09-06 14:54:22 by Xtense Xtense
rulez added on the 2007-12-10 10:50:24 by zefyros zefyros
rulez added on the 2008-02-03 03:41:30 by Alpha C Alpha C
yeah, IT have the best gui :D
impulse style for ever <3
rulez added on the 2008-04-11 16:47:28 by pera pera
oh, and schism is good, also modplug!
added on the 2008-04-11 16:52:38 by pera pera
The evolution of Scream Tracker 3...
Too bad that hasn't the same popularity as FastTracker, because this one has really more functions!
rulez added on the 2008-05-24 20:30:12 by SoDa7 SoDa7
Great tracker :)
rulez added on the 2008-09-07 01:55:37 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
I never could get along with the UI - luckily, others did!
rulez added on the 2009-03-07 16:22:31 by T$ T$
Someone got the unoffical v2.16?
rulez added on the 2009-03-07 16:23:53 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
.it rocks but the program itself is horrible, mainly because of the GUI.
sucks added on the 2009-05-01 21:05:19 by noby noby
What uncle-x said.
rulez added on the 2009-05-02 11:32:51 by Preacher Preacher
i want to donate to Jeffry Lim. Does anybody know is this link working?

e-mail address on old website is not responding too...

rulez added on the 2009-06-14 02:03:38 by sp8del sp8del
rulez added on the 2009-06-14 02:19:34 by nosfe nosfe

Saga Musix: v2.16 ? I had the v2.17 if I remember well. I have bought IT2 but now it works no more on my computers (big cryings).
rulez added on the 2009-07-10 17:16:35 by jesus2099 jesus2099
I meant I brought Impulse Tracker 2 of course ! :)
added on the 2009-07-10 21:50:22 by jesus2099 jesus2099
I purchased it too, for the lowpass filters.
Oh and
People who complain about the interface never REALLY tried to compose in IT2.14... all in all, its making sense once you REALLY use it.
rulez added on the 2009-07-30 20:47:38 by xaimus xaimus
i give it a rulez for the filters ;)
rulez added on the 2009-10-27 00:35:12 by blamstrain blamstrain
for such a great tracker.
rulez added on the 2010-01-11 22:27:55 by F7sus4 F7sus4
I started tracking in 2005/06. This got me started after FT2 refused to work. After ripping the samples from "Zak-zaka-zak-zak" (an s3m) I made a track in, uh, not too long.

Context-sensitive help really helps. This is pretty much vital. I caught on eventually after reading IT.TXT... or something like that.

Nowadays I tend to track in SchismTracker as I run Linux & FreeBSD, although I like to keep this available in DOSBox (so I can build fairly accurate players and also tell Storlek what else needs fixing in the meantime).

This is the most advanced of the "big 4" (mod/s3m/xm/it), and yet manages to be easier to write a decent player for than XM.

I really only have one gripe about this. Pulse, you need to document your damn compression and your damn filters, instead of relying on the rest of us to work it out.

Otherwise, I would recommend this to pretty much anyone who's got DOS.
rulez added on the 2010-01-26 21:59:59 by GreaseMonkey GreaseMonkey
and thiZ one for the no-cursor-follow-mode (blatantly ripped this. ha!)
rulez added on the 2010-01-26 22:39:40 by xyz xyz
It was the bestest and I still didn't find replacement. I bought it (it's what I meant) from Jeff "Pulse" Lim. Many thanks to him for this great good old times.
added on the 2010-04-12 18:16:46 by jesus2099 jesus2099
one of my favourite trackers. <3
rulez added on the 2010-08-30 06:14:26 by lembas lembas
Love this program.
rulez added on the 2011-01-25 14:50:40 by trough trough
Oh boy!
rulez added on the 2011-10-06 20:35:36 by Y0Gi Y0Gi
In retrospect, I should have used IT more.
rulez added on the 2011-10-06 20:43:54 by phobium phobium
Thumb for the quality, even though I didn't prefer it. One sacrificed a certain kind of interface for more powerful features. However... things like filters are commonplace in computer music programs of all kinds nowadays, and some of the 'power' of IT (over its competitors) in the 90s is no longer a selling point in 2011, specially given that people still using trackers tend to be using them for chip music now. Still... I mean, how can you thumb it down? Great program.
rulez added on the 2011-11-02 17:30:18 by t-zero t-zero
For sure what a stuff ! I've written hundredS .IT songs with it since 1997 to 2004 ;)

I'm an Impulse Tracker lover !
rulez added on the 2013-04-25 14:51:05 by cyborgjeff cyborgjeff


sucks added on the 2013-04-25 15:27:05 by rez rez
The definitive tracker of the 90s.
added on the 2015-02-25 20:58:42 by friol friol
rulez added on the 2015-02-25 20:59:12 by friol friol
A fascinating engineering effort and source of many hours of great music.
rulez added on the 2017-03-16 17:03:58 by tomaes tomaes
never used it, maybe only once. i hated the UI but i loved the features FT2 lacked (filters, NNA, etc.), obvious thumbs up
rulez added on the 2018-01-17 14:20:34 by nagz nagz
Best Tracker and Best Format (still use it today)
Also its Open Source and runs on FreeDOS+QEmu
rulez added on the 2020-04-28 11:50:00 by fiebertraum773 fiebertraum773

This was a revolution in features (64 channels, 99 samples, filters...) but for many people (including me) the text-mode interface looked like a step back. But, I know, looks might be deceptive.

No doubt it's an impressive tool that allows the creation of fantastic music.
So, thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2022-06-20 15:07:23 by ham ham

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