As seen in the video from last month’s Music Makers event, LittleGPTracker is a tracker for Linux-based GP2X and GP32 systems. The GP-series boxes are terrific little game machines that, unlike proprietary commercial game systems from Sony and Nintendo, are completely open. (Well, even if there is a certain pleasure to hacking PSPs, Game Boys, and DS machines to play homebrew anyway.)

LittleGPTracker’s interface is modeled after LSDJ, the cult favorite tracker for Game Boys. That interface can be archaic at first if you’ve never seen trackers, but with adjustment, many swear by its unique approach to structuring patterns — it can push users in less linear directions than more conventional sequencer interfaces.

Because the GP isn’t a Game Boy, though, you get some major extras. There’s sample playback, in the form of 8 monophonic 16Bit/44.1Khz stereo sample playback channels. And you can drive external hardware (or even computers) using MIDI.

If you want to try out LGPT before you buy a GP, or if you want some tracker action at your desk as well as on the go, you’re in luck. There’s a desktop version available for Windows, and now even one entering testing on Mac; Linux might follow. Of course, you get made fun of by the developer for running the Windows and Mac releases instead of the mobile versions.

LittleGPTracker Home
LGPT on the GP2x Wiki

  • Peter

    And a DS version is in the works too. Also its 8 Stereo or mono tracks.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Oooh, nice. Will the DS version take advantage of the stylus? I'm not a big fan of having to use what amounts to arrow keys for navigation; trackers to me seem to benefit from the ability to tap directly on stuff. (Faster than a mouse, theoretically!)

  • Peter

    I am trying to get him to use the touch screen for a kaos pad clone so you can send midi over wifi and control realtime parameters.

    The tracker works MUCH faster than mousing around to add music, once you get the hang out it. It would be cool to cue loops in live mode using the stylus though..

  • http://discodirt.10pm.org M-.-n

    Thanks for the article Peter. Soon I'm going to put up a page with songs exclusively done with a very small amount of samples (all under the 15k mark) to demonstrate the heavy processing possibilies of the Piggey. I have an alpha unoptimized version of the DS now but so far it seems very deceptive with respect to processing power. If I get it to end up at a decent level, I'll first do straight port but would like to see how I can take opportunity of the touch screen for editing and possibly live performance.

    more to come !!

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