While fixing up a quick Sountracker plugin for XMPlay (Windows), I found myself very confused with the "M.K." id. Could anyone here explain in what circumstances was this mark added?
Soundtracker 2.2 (by Michael Kleps aka Unkown/DOC) doesn't support 31 samples and doesn't put the "M.K.". SoundTracker 2.3 (by Mnemotron) supports 31 samples and puts the id. Now why would Mnemotron put "M.K." initials when extending the format to 31 samples?
Furthermore in ST2.2's scroller we can read: "now the d.o.c news ! 1. the next soundtracker is finished ( 31 instruments ) , but only for internal use !!" while ST2.3' doc states that "This Soundtracker is based on the MasterSoundtracker V1.0 by TIP/PROPHETS and mainly on Soundtracker V2.2 by Unknown/D.O.C" and that "Modifications by D.O.C: (...) Extension to 31 Instruments".
As you see there is a link missing between ST2.2 and ST2.3... Does this mean that there is another Sountracker 2.2 that supports 31 samples and puts "M.K."? Or maybe ST2.3 was made by Unknown who then gave the sources away to Mnemotron? Why would he? And why Mnemotron hadn't changed it for example to his initials, if he was the one to release this 31 sample milestone?
It looks like Soundtracker 2.2 was the last one from Unknown, but it doesn't handle 31 samples (only announces it in the scroller). Next Sountracker release is supposed to be Soundtracker 2.3 by Mnemotron, which saves 31 samples. Docs for this release say that it's based on Sountracker 2.2. So, Mnemotron must have got the (unreleased ?) enhanced Soundtracker 2.2 (mentioned in the scroller as the tracker "for internal use" by D.O.C.).
So there must be two ST 2.2 versions. But I can't prove this as I can't find this "internal" version anywhere. Now, the one who wrote the Tracker History says his Soundtracker 2.2 handles 31 samples. Maybe that's the one I'm looking for?
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Soundtracker V2.3 - A Quick Clarification. ------------------------------------------ Update : April 1989. Update done by : MnemoTroN. Instructions : Tracer and Unknown of D.O.C / Based on J.C.-Instructions MnemoTroN. Modifications by D.O.C: ----------------------- A sample sort function Corrected 'DisplayPattern' routine Corrected preset-editor Improved record function Extended keymap (Sonix style) Pattern play function Delete Song function in the dos menu Improved ANALYZER Pattern changing during play Pattern break command Position jump command Sample zero function New playroutine for use in demos/intros/games Improved graphics (colors,styling,font) Nice scrolling Animated mousepointer Directory Sort function New Colors for the Analyzer Extension to 31 Instruments Modifications by MnemoTroN: --------------------------- Scroll-Line removed Animated Mousepointer removed Extended DOS-Window Key-Help-Page Nice 'Sure?'-Requester Reinsertion of Length-,Repeat- and RepLen-Gadgets Lowpass-Filter is switched off Load Module Save Sample Format Disk Clear Song and some small details that must not be mentioned here
Unknown have added the 0-31 sample system in soundtracker 2.2 (M.K. = Michael Kleps)
Well, Mnemotron made the updates and spread the new Soundtracker 2.3 with-out the permission of Unknown. He was not amused about it. But it was already too late.
Well, there is a funny counter for Soundtrackers.
DOC, Unknown of DOC's Soundtracker have got numbers like Soundtracker I, II, III and so on. And he also made the soundtrackers v 2.xx.
I think Unknown released 8 different soundtrackers of this I,II,III...VII type.
well, right. But unknown have given the complete, unreleased soundtracker 2.2x (31 sample) version to Mnemotron, and he fixed it up and spread it around as new Soundtracker (2.3)BuZz wrote:zeg: but soundtracker 2.2 documentation makes no mention of 31 instruments ? This isn't mentioned until 2.3 Have you loaded the problem and checked ?
well, it is not complete. But here is the first step. http://kestra.exotica.org.uk/series.php?id=125
Just stumbled upon this discussion and wanted to clarify.
Unknown gave me his Soundtracker source at CeBIT '89 (I think). That version already had the "M.K." mark in it and I saw no reason to change that. In the following weeks and months I added some stuff to it, together with a few friends of mine who made suggestions and one of them created some of the graphics, including the mouse pointer that was used in most versions from then on. The version got released as V2.3.
Some months later (or was it even at the next CeBIT?), I met Unknown again and he said that he had instructed me to not release the Soundtracker he gave me. I really couldn't remember him having said that, but as you all know, that's history now, the format had already spread. At least then, he didn't seem to be angry or anything, but I still had a bad conscience about this whole affair - from his point of view it must've been an awful abuse of trust. Of course, the change from 15 to 31 instruments is something probably anyone could've made, but there you go.
And all that happened 18 years ago. Sigh.