soundtracker - Man Page

a tracker for gnome that supports .xm files




This manual page documents briefly soundtracker.

This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. Instead, it has some documentation in /usr/share/doc/soundtracker which will be more uptodate than this man page.

soundtracker is a program that allows one to arrange many sound samples into a tune, comprising of multiple `tracks' which are mixed together, typically in software.


Note that some functions are only accessible using the keyboard. These are all important key combinations, mostly inspired by the great Amiga ProTracker (most alphanumeric keys are mapped to a piano keyboard):

Track Editor

Right Ctrl

Play Song

Right Alt

Play Pattern

Right Shift

Record (Play Pattern & Edit On) -- not yet!


Stop Playing; edit mode on/off

F1 ... F7

Change editing octave

Left Ctrl-1 ... -8

Change jump value

CrsrUp / Down

Walk around in current pattern

PgUp / Down

Walk around in current pattern, quickly


Jump to position 0


Jump to position L / 4


Jump to position L / 2


Jump to position 3 * L / 4

CrsrLeft / Right

Change pattern column and/or channel


Skip to same column in next channel

Left Ctrl - CrsrLeft

Previous Instrument (faster with Left Shift)

Left Ctrl - CrsrRight

Next Instrument (faster with Left Shift)

Left Ctrl - CrsrDown

Previous Sample (faster with Left Shift)

Left Ctrl - CrsrUp

Next Sample (faster with Left Shift)

Left Alt - CrsrLeft

Previous Pattern (faster with Left Shift)

Left Alt - CrsrRight

Next Pattern (faster with Left Shift)

Left Ctrl - B

Start marking a block (one track horizontally)

Left Ctrl - C

Copy block

Left Ctrl - X

Cut block

Left Ctrl - V

Paste block and advance to end

Left Shift - F3

Cut track

Left Shift - F4

Copy track

Left Shift - F5

Paste track

Left Alt - F3

Cut pattern

Left Alt - F4

Copy pattern

Left Alt - F5

Paste pattern

Any other keys

Play notes on the keyboard.

Sample Editor

Hold Shift and use left / right mouse buttons to set the loop points in the sample display.

See Also

If you want to know more about tracking in general, has a lot of resources.

Also see the SoundTracker homepage,

SoundTracker still needs detailed documentation. If you want to help out with this, you should become familiar with DocBook or similar SGML tools first.


Michael Krause [ raw style / lego ] <> wrote SoundTracker.

This manual page was mostly lifted from /usr/share/doc/soundtracker/README by Frankie Fisher <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).


This documentation is possibly outdated.