How to Use Cracked Atari Notator SL 3.0 for Music Production
Atari Notator SL 3.0 was a popular music sequencer software for the Atari ST computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was developed by C-Lab, later known as Emagic, and offered advanced features such as MIDI synchronization, notation editing, score printing, and more[^4^]. However, the software required a hardware dongle to run, which made it expensive and hard to find. Some users resorted to using cracked versions of the software that bypassed the copy protection[^1^].
In this article, we will show you how to use cracked Atari Notator SL 3.0 for music production on your Atari ST or emulator. We will assume that you have already downloaded the cracked version of the software from one of the sources below[^1^] [^2^] [^3^] and that you have a compatible MIDI interface and keyboard. If you don’t have an Atari ST, you can use an emulator such as Hatari or Steem to run the software on your PC or Mac.
Step 1: Install Cracked Atari Notator SL 3.0
To install cracked Atari Notator SL 3.0, you will need four floppy disks: the main disk, the fonts 1 disk, the fonts 2/demo disk, and the tutorial disk. You can either use real floppy disks or disk images depending on your setup. If you are using an emulator, you can mount the disk images as virtual drives. If you are using a real Atari ST, you will need to transfer the disk images to floppy disks using a program such as FloImg or FastCopy.
Once you have the disks ready, insert the main disk into drive A and turn on your Atari ST or emulator. You should see a welcome screen with the Notator logo and version number. Press any key to continue. You will be asked to insert the fonts 1 disk into drive A and press any key. Do so and wait for the fonts to load. Then you will be asked to insert the main disk again into drive A and press any key. Do so and wait for the program to load.
You should now see the main screen of Notator SL 3.0 with a blank song file loaded. You can access the different menus by clicking on the icons at the top of the screen or by pressing function keys F1-F10. You can also use the mouse or keyboard shortcuts to perform various actions.
Step 2: Configure MIDI Settings
Before you can start making music with Notator SL 3.0, you need to configure your MIDI settings according to your hardware setup. To do this, go to Options > MIDI Setup from the menu bar or press F9. You will see a window with several tabs: MIDI In/Out, Sync In/Out, MIDI Thru/Filter, MIDI Clock/Time Code, and MIDI Ports.
The most important tab is MIDI In/Out, where you can assign MIDI channels and devices to each track of your song file. You can use up to 16 tracks in Notator SL 3.0, each with its own MIDI channel and device name. You can also set the volume, pan, program change, bank select, and other parameters for each track.
To assign a MIDI channel and device to a track, click on the track number on the left side of the window and then click on the channel number and device name on the right side of the window. You can choose from a list of predefined device names or enter your own custom name. You can also use C-Lab’s Director utility[^5^] to redirect MIDI output from Notator SL 3.0 to other programs or devices that support Export or Unitor interfaces.
Once you have assigned MIDI channels and devices to your tracks, click on OK to save your settings and close the window.
Step 3: Record and Edit MIDI Data
Now that you have configured your MIDI settings, you are ready to record and edit MIDI data in Notator SL 3.0. There are two main modes of recording in Notator SL 3.