Schism Tracker is a free reimplementation of Impulse Tracker, a program used to create high quality music without the requirements of specialized, expensive equipment, and with a unique "finger feel" that is difficult to replicate in part. The player is based on a highly modified version of the Modplug engine, with a number of bugfixes and changes to improve IT playback.
Where Impulse Tracker was limited to i386-based systems running MS-DOS, Schism Tracker runs on almost any platform that SDL supports, and has been successfully built for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, AmigaOS, BeOS, and even the Wii. Most development is currently done on i686 Linux. Schism will most likely build on any architecture supported by GCC4 (e.g. alpha, m68k, arm, etc.) but it will probably not be as well-optimized on many systems.
Storlek's packages are built from the source snapshot, so the date updated for the snapshot applies for the other packages as well.
Updated 05 January 2012
Based on Mercurial default branch
The bleeding-edge current source can be downloaded with Mercurial:
hg clone http://schismtracker.org/hg/ schismtracker
Those interested in development can also point a web browser at the repository to browse the source tree, change logs, etc.
For merely running the program, the above packages should be all you need. If you are building from source, you will need the following:
- GCC 4.x or Clang. GCC 3.x might build, or not; it hasn't been tested in ages. Other compilers will likely not work since Schism Tracker uses many GCC extensions.
- LibSDL. Development is done with the latest stable version, but Schism Tracker will probably build with versions as low as 1.2.0. (No guarantees, though. If you have a really old version and it doesn't build, upgrade.)
- Recent versions of autoconf and automake.