OKTALYZER




AUTHOR/CREW
LICENSE
COMMERCIAL

SOURCE 
CLOSED

GENERATION
PCM

DEVELOPMENT 
ARCHIVED CLASSIC

STABILITY
STABLE

LAST UPDATE
1991

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
AMIGA 500

OVERVIEW

Oktalyzer is a commercial tracker developed by Armin Sander and distributed by Mayer Verlag on the Amiga in 1989. Version 1.57, the final version, was released in 1991.

Oktalyzer is so named because it supports eight channels. This was impressive since the Amiga audio hardware only had four channels. To perform this feat, Oktalyzer loaded eight channels in memory, mixed them in real time down to four channels, and sent the result to the Amiga sound chip. This was a processor-intensive task which degraded sound quality, but was more than made up for with doubled channels. Oktalyzer could also be run in 4-channel mode to suit more processor-heavy programs.

Though it offered more channels and featured a more impressive interface than most trackers at the time of its release, Oktalyzer was never expanded to work with updated hardware like newer sound cards and memory expansions on the Amiga.

Note: While the format is often denoted with an *.okt or *.okta extension on Windows machines, the files did not have an extension on Amiga machines.

FEATURES

Oktalyzer had a bigger and more intuitive user interface than most trackers at that time, but it also suffered from severe limitations like the inability to address add-on sound cards or utilize any extra processing power of faster CPUs. Also, Oktalyzer does not work on modern add-on graphics boards.

    MIDI SUPPORT
    NO

    IMPORT/EXPORT
    OKT/OKTA




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