The tracker’s grid is some kind of 4x12 pixel display, so why not use it as such?
With a pattern for each letter or animation, you can use song mode to string them together. Nice limitation is that you can only light up 8 pads at once, so for displaying relatively large letters like these, you need some sort of alternating scanlines.
I was expecting the internet to be awash with this kind of tracker nonsense, but I couldn’t find anything. So here goes!
Yay, happy to see someone else having the same idea!
A bit over a year ago there were a couple of those attempts over at the unofficial tracker discord. Sadly i can’t find them. But here’s a similar attempt using projection mapping, around the same time .
I had no idea how this was done, until I figured they are (just like you said) projected onto the tracker.
Yeah i’m totally cheating here .
I know you use actual pattern data for it. Now if you manage to combine pad visuals with a coherent musical delivery, then i’m impressed to the max!
How many tracks do you think would be occupied to deliver a visual output AND leave some tracks free to actually make music?
Also there is the matter of Tempo that makes this a bit of a pain, right?