1.2 About Impulse Tracker.
Impulse Tracker began simply as an extension to Scream Tracker 3
(which should be quite obvious to Scream Tracker 3 users, due to
the interface.) At first, I only intended a couple of extra
features (eg. proper panning and a couple of other interesting
functions), but with the release of Fast Tracker 2, it became obvious
that there were many areas in which Scream Tracker could be improved.
In spite of all the limitations of Scream Tracker 3 (in comparison
to Fast Tracker 2, which offered Volume/Panning Envelopes, 16-bit
samples, Samples > 64k, an in built sampler, proper stereo panning
on SB16, etc. etc), there were still more .S3M releases than there
were .XM releases! And the reason must have been within the way
you WRITE music with Scream Tracker 3. That's why I've used the same
simple and QUICK interface that Scream Tracker 3 offered. And I've
also incorporated all the power of Fast Tracker 2 and more!
The Tracker was written in 100% Assembler. All the routines are of
my own coding (That's why some of them suck so much
The program was written on and off during 1995, but most of the
work was completed in the summer holidays of '96. The source code
is over 100,000 lines long and occupies over 3MB. The Tracker runs
entirely in text mode (!) with some neat remapping of characters
(that's why I haven't been able to use colours to help in some places
ie. making the volume envelope nodes a different colour would have
made it easier to use!).
1.3 Running Impulse Tracker.
Win95 Users - ignore all this HIMEM and EMM386 stuff.. as long as
you don't have "noems" or "noframe" as a parameter to EMM386 in your
config.sys file, it'll work fine. If you have no idea what I'm talking
about, you can probably assume it's fine
(unless you get "out of