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how to convert Atari EZ-Track

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:35 pm
by kiwi
My wife still uses the old Atari 520ST and EZ-Track to compose music. Now she wants to take a song she has done to a music studio in order to have it put in a more polished form. Does anyone know how to convert what she has on EZ-Track to a form that could be used in a modern music studio? Is it possible? Thanks.

Re: how to convert Atari EZ-Track

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:38 am
by Dal
If EZ-track will save as a midi file (.mid), then any modern DAW will read it.

Re: how to convert Atari EZ-Track

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:57 am
by molofaha
If EZ-Track doesn't let you save as .mid, you can use EditTrack to convert your files; it can load EZ-Track songs.
(scroll down to the bottom)

To save you reading the docs: start up EditTrack, load a .SNG file by left-clicking on the Load menu item, save a .MID file by right-clicking on the Save menu item.

Re: how to convert Atari EZ-Track

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:58 am
by molofaha
Oh, it suddenly occurs to me that if you are genuinely using a 520ST, EditTrack needs 1MB and a 720K drive.

Re: how to convert Atari EZ-Track

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:35 pm
by siriushardware
(I know this is old, but maybe the OP is still looking for a solution)

There was another old utility called MIDI MUSIC MAKER which was able to load multiple proprietary Atari music formats made by various software such as The Music Studio (Activision) and convert them to standard midi files. It may be able to cope with EZ-Track songs as well.

Edit: Ah, no, I've just looked through the docs for Midi Music Maker and it (a) only supports single-track EZ-Track files - probably not what you want - and (b) requires at least 1MB to run in.

If you can find a suitable utility but it happens to require a 1MB or more machine, consider installing one of the heavyweight ST emulators on your PC such as Hatari or Steem. These enable your PC to pretend it is pretty much any model of Atari ST, so you could run any piece of converter software which happens to need more memory than your 520 and use that to convert your EZ-Track files to standard MIDI files.

But the question remains: Which piece of Atari MIDI software can convert all EZ-Track song file formats to standard MIDI files?