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This section explains the five categories in the configuration window.


General settings

Wrap cursor Cursor wraps when it has reached the end or beginning of the pattern.
Wrap across frames The cursor in the pattern window can move across frames.
Free cursor edit Unlocks the cursor from the middle row.
Preview wave files Preview wave files when importing to DPCM.
Key repeat Enable key repetition. The same setting as in the control panel.
Show row numbers in hex Display row numbers in hexadecimal.
Preview next/previous frame Preview the next and previous frame in the pattern editor.
Don't reset DPCM on note stop Don't reset the DPCM channel when stopping the channel. Can remove annoying popping sounds when editing.
Ignore step when moving Ignore the step setting when moving the cursor, only use it when inserting notes.
Delete-key will pull up rows Delete key is pulling up rows.
Backup files Creates backups when saving files.
Single instance Prevents opening multiple instances of Famitracker. You must restart the program for this setting to take effect!
Preview full row Plays the complete row when inserting or previewing notes, instead of just the selected channel.
Don't select on double-click Disable whole channel selection when double clicking in the pattern editor.

Pattern edit style

FastTracker II Step down after inserting instrument / effect number.
Modplug Stays on the same line after inserting instrument / effect number, also affects keyboard layout.
Impulse Tracker Impulse tracker style when inserting instrument / effect numbers. Doesn't release instruments on key up actions. Changes behaviour of home/end keys.

Edit settings

Page jump length Controls how many rows the Page-Up and Page-Down keys advance. (Default: 4)


Note cut Inserts a note cut command in the pattern editor.
Clear field Clears a pattern field (note, volume, instrument or effect)
Repeat Repeats last action in the pattern editor.
Note release Inserts a note release command in the pattern editor.


These settings are used to configure the visual appearance of the pattern editor.

Two toggle options are available:

  • Pattern colors: Check this to enable individual colors for each column. When unchecked the note/octave color will be used for all columns.
  • Display flats: Display notes as flats (♭) instead of sharps (♯) in the pattern editor.


Input device Selects a MIDI input device to control the pattern editor.
Output device Output commands to a MIDI device.
Receive sync ticks Enable receiving MIDI timing clock, which causes the tracker to step down in the pattern editor for each 6'th tick. This results in 4 steps/quarter note. (Note: This command will also disable automatic step down when inserting notes in the pattern editor!)
Skip key releases Skip recording of key release commands.
Map MIDI to NES channels Maps the MIDI channels to the tracker channels (MIDI channel 0 = pulse 1, channel 1 = pulse 2...)
Record velocities Translate MIDI note velocities to volume column values.
Auto arpeggiate chords Arpeggiate multiple keypresses.


Device The DirectSound device used for audio output.
Sample rate Audio sample rate. This program is using band-limited synthesis, a higher sample rate is not necessary for high audio quality. This setting should be set to the native rate of your sound card to maximize performance. (Default: 44100 Hz)
Sample size Audio sample size, use 16 unless you are using a really old sound card.
Buffer length Audio buffer length. Keep as short as possible for lowest delay. (Default: 40 ms)
Bass filtering Blip-buffer bass filtering. (Default: 20 Hz)
Treble filtering Blip-buffer treble filtering (Default: 12kHz, -24 dB)
Volume Sound volume level.


This section allows you to customize the key shortcuts in the program. Select the command you want to modify and the press the key combination you wish to use in the keys-field.


This allows you to confgure the mixing levels of the emulated audio hardware. This option is provided because the mixing levels could vary on different types of hardware (such as different models of the Famicom or different versions of game carts), it allows you to fine tune the audio emulation against a specific set of hardware.

Before changing these settings, please be aware that mixing levels are not stored in the NSF format and that your song could be played back with any configuration of mixing levels!

APU1 is the first audio out pin (pulse 1 & 2) and APU2 is the second audio out pin (triangle, noise & DPCM), the rest are the expansion chips. The sliders ranges from -12 dB to +12 dB, the default value is 0 dB for all sliders.

FamiTracker Help
Sound hardware - Instruments - Configuration - Pattern editor - Toolbar - Control panel - Menus - Key commands - Module properties - NSF exporting - Text import and export - Effect list - Importing DPCM - Command line - Change log