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Master Tracks Pro

Version 3.6

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Master Tracks Pro
version 3.6
For Atari

GVOX Interactive Music has given me permission to have Passport Designs excellent Sequencer MASTERTRACKS PRO as a free download on this page.See below for the Link. Also for the Link to GVOX Interactive Music. Please check it out!



1.Track Window: 64 Tracks for Real-Time or Step Time recording. Easy viewing of program changes, MIDI Channel, Muting and record status with Independent Looping for each track.

2.Song Editor Window: Able to see Song Structure over time. Select tempo,meter, and beat for each measure. Use Cut, copy, paste and mix editing to build songs.

3.Step Editor window: Able to see and edit graphically on a piano Roll screen. Step input notes using mouse or MIDI Controller. Edit individual events or entire phrases.

4.MIDI Data Editor: Plot continuous controllers graphically such as pitch bend, panning, modulation, Aftertouch. Zoom in and Out on individual events.

5. Transport Window with play, record, fast forward, rewind, pause, stop, auto,click, MIDI thru, punch, sync, and key with measure and time counters.

Other features include data filtering, quantize while recording or editing, MIDI Keyboard control of transport, sysEx librarian, import and export standard MIDI files.


This Software according to the License agreement from GVOX is to only be made available to Atari users and not re-engineered or reverse-engineered for any other purposes whatsoever.



Master Tracks Pro version 3.6
Copyright 1990 Passport Designs
Designed by Dave Kusek and Don Williams
Written by Don Williams and Mike Ost


System Requirements

MTPro will work on ALL Atari Computer systems including 520ST, 1040St, 1040Ste,TT030, and Falcon. It is a "well written" program that will work in most resolutions (ST med, St Hi) including TT HI which is 1280x960 Res! MTPro is very impressive at this resolution. It has been advised to turn off "blitter"or "caches" with "older"programs, but MTPro seems to work fine with these devices on. It also works in a multitasking Environment such as GENEVA with resizable 3-D window displays. MTPro will also work on a hard drive with directories, or from Floppy disc.


MASTER TRACKS Pro is an excellent sequencer which in my opinionis as easy to use as Cubase with professional results. There are also things you will not find in Cubase such as INDEPENDENT TRACK LOOPING and a built-in SyxsEx dumper. You can also import Standard MIDI files and use the editing Tools in MTPro to embellish them. This version also comes with CONTROL.ACC so you can adjust your color scheme to your liking once you load the program. See below.


MTPro's Track Screen

Recording in Master Tracks Pro: A Tutorial

1. On the Atari desktop, double-click on MTPRO36.PRG. The program loads.Several windows open at once with the Track Sheet Window on Top. You will see the Transport Bar and Conductor Window at the bottom of the screen. On the Transport Bar, you will see UNTITLED as a temporary name.


Go to the Atari Fuji Symbol, and select the desk Acc: CONTROL. A Dialog appears for you to change your screen colors to your liking. Once completed, exit out of Control, At this point you can also move around the Windows, resizing, etc to your preferences. Once you are done. Go to FILE on the menu and select PREFERANCES. A Dialog appears asking "SAVE SETUP AS PREFERANCES?" Click on YES.Your color and Window preferences are saved.

2. In the Track Editor window, click on the Name box in track 1. A Track Name Dialog box pops and asks you to type in the name of the track. Type in: For example: "Piano" .

3. Click into the next column in the track: CHAN. A dialog appears for you to enter your midi channel and port. Type "1" in the channel feild.

4.Click into the next column: PROG. A dailog appears for you enter a program or Patch change.Input 0 or 1 for a GM mapped piano sound, or whatever patch number your Instrument uses for piano sound.

Do steps 2 thru 4 for however many tracks you want to set up.

5. Observe the Transport window, which has twelve screen "buttons"- Play, Record,
Fast Forward, Rewind, Pause, Stop, Auto, Click, Count, Sync, Punch In, and A-Thru.

Descriptions: Auto button to automatically rewind to the point of last start when stop playback. Click button to hear a click tone on each beat of each measure during Record or Play. Count button to get a click tone for one measure before starting to play or record. Thru button to echo out one of the MIDI Out ports on the computer's interface.

6. To enable a track for recording, in the Track Editor window, click in the REC (Record) box for that track. A red circle appears and shows that the track is record-enabled. Only one track can be selected for recording at a time. Now record each track separately for the Tracks you have set up by hitting ENTER or RECORD on the transport bar. You will hear a 4 bar count in if you have COUNT selected on the transport bar, or if you have CLICK selected, you will hear a click thru the entire recording. After the 4 bar countdown, start playing your midi keyboard. Hit the SPACE BAR when you are done.You will see a arrow Object in the PLAY column of the track. This indicates you have data on the track. Play back your take by selecting the SPACE BAR, or PLAY on the Transport bar. Now record more tracks, by enabling RECORD as stated above for each track.

Go to the STEP EDITOR Window by hitting F3, or selecting with the mouse fromthe "desktop".Highlight the entire piece by going to EDIT on the Menu and selecting SELECT ALL.Under the Change menu select QUANTIZE. The quantize dialog appears with several quantizing options. Click into the field to the Left of QUANTIZE TO so it is "Checked". Decide on the quantization value. It is represented as NOTES. A whole note is 960,A quarter note is 240, an Eighth noteis 120, ect. Choose 120(eighth note) for this example. You can also choose to "slide" notes ahead of the track by entering and checking off the bottom dialogs. This might take some experimentation to get what you want. Select OK when completed with your choices.

Highlight measure 1 to 5 by click-dragging the mouse into the Step Edito feild. Under the Change menu choose Conductor. Select Set all Tempos to 135.

9. Change tempo in measure 14 for the fermata. Highlight measure 14, under the Change menu choose Change smoothly from 135.

10. Highlight measure 15 to 16, under the Change menu choose Conductor. Select Set all Tempos to 135.

Highlight the entire piece and transpose it up a Major second by going to the Change
menu and selecting Transpose. In the dialog box select Transpose note from C3 to D3.

12. Rewind the piece and play it to listen for errors. Make any necessary corrections. Save the document.You can save it as a Master track pro file, using SAVE AS or EXPORT FILE will export it as a standard MIDI file.


Applications and Shortcuts

The Function Keys are Shortcuts to the various windows.

F1 Track Sheet
F2 Song Editor
F3 Step Editor
F4 Pitch bend
F5 Channel Pressure
F6 Key pressure
F7 Modulation
F8 Controllers
F9 Program Change
F10 Conductor Track

Space Bar= PLAY/ Stop
Right and Left Arrow keys = Steps thru the Time and beat Counters

Using the Looping Feature

Record a short riff or bassline in track one. Click on the LOOP for track one.Then hit the spacebar to start it playing. The bassline/riff will repeatitself.

Go to track Two, and enable Record, and start recording over the bass line. Youcan go beyond the length of the bassline. Then click in LOOP for that track.Eveything starts looping independent of each other. Keep on going recordingmore tracks.


This is a file you can load that already has Track Names and program changesalready filled out that are mapped to GENERAL MIDI . For example: to record aPiano part, just enable record on track 1, piano. This saves time and you canget your ideas down more quickly without having to set up your tracks. You have 64 tracks,so you can program in more and save it as a Default file.


Under the GOODIES menu, select SYSEX. A dialog appears to receive and Opensysex files. First click in RECIEVE and intitate a Sysex "dump" from yourInstrument with whatever Instructions that came with the instrument to do so.The Dump is loaded into the buffer, and then you can put in comments about the dump and save it for later recall.Unfortunatly, this Dialog does not open Standard SysEx files, but only files that are saved in the manner described.However you can save the patches used with each Song.

With the other menu items, as this is the best way to learn.


Tim Conrardy

Copyright © 2003 Tim Conrardy