OCTAMED




AUTHOR/CREW
TEIJO KINNUNEN

LICENSE
COMMERCIAL

SOURCE 
CLOSED

GENERATION
PCM

DEVELOPMENT 
ARCHIVED CLASSIC

STABILITY
STABLE

LAST UPDATE
1999

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Amiga 500

OVERVIEW

OctaMED was developed on the Amiga until 1996. The last version, called OctaMED Soundstudio, had features like MIDI file support, ARexx support, support for 16-bit and stereo samples, hard disk recording, and support for up to 64 channels.

Teijo Kinnunen handed over the development of OctaMED to other programmers soon after the final Amiga version was released. The new programmers later released a Windows port, but the lack of features and presence of noticeable bugs meant this edition did not achieve the same level of fame as the Amiga release. More versions of the Windows port were later released. It was subsequently renamed to MED Soundstudio, and has had several releases under that name.

FEATURES

    OctaMED was the first tracker to implement ability of replaying 8-channel MOD on Amiga 4-channel soundchip, of course not without some tech trickery.

    The technique of playing more channels of music than the Amiga hardware was capable of was first introduced with Jochen Hippel's "Hippel 7V" routine, which used one hardware sound channel, and performed software mixing of two channels as the source of the remaining three Amiga hardware sound channels. The reason for using seven channels rather than eight was because the sound routine required more processing power than the 7.14 MHz 68000 CPU in the older (and later low-end) Amiga models could provide. The seven-channel routine then appeared in TFMX. Finally, the routine was optimized so it could mix an additional channel, resulting in eight channels of sound. The 8-channel routine first appeared in another trackers called Oktalyzer and Face The Music.


    MED and OctaMED were one of the first trackers which replay routine was not optimized for speed, but they go for quality instead. So, these trackers was preferred by stand-alone musicians.


    MIDI SUPPORT
    YES

    IMPORT/EXPORT
    MOD/WAV

    TRACKER IN ACTION

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