Flash Tracker tests a musician's ability to quickly recognize, process and store notated music and encourages accurate execution of rhythm and melody.
The program alternately displays measure-length rhythms or melodies and blank screens. Upon clicking the START button, a metronome click is heard while a series of measure-length musical fragments are displayed. When the screen goes blank the rhythm or melody is played on an acoustic or MIDI instrument. The process continues until the performer depresses the STOP button on the screen or the key on the computer keyboard. With MIDI or audio input configured, the program will analyze the performance and display results in tables for assessment of pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy and dynamic execution (depending on the exercise chosen). Graphs indicate high and low pitches, dropped notes, early and late rhythms and low and high dynamics. The system also offers verbal feedback to each performance (sometimes crudely, a la "American Idol").
Included with the program and accompanying files is a detailed user manual.