|AmigaOS deserves a beautiful sunset!|
This year in August, my AmigaOne 500 aka SAM460ex, is 6 years old, and still going strong just like when I bought it the first time 6 years ago! Amazing!
Even the good old OctaMED SoundStudio is working very well under latest AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition Update 1, as long as you don't quit it under the OS. If so, the OS freezes and a hard reset would have to be done. Such a freeze makes it impossible to click any icon to be activated. Instead, I just do a soft reset pressing Ctrl Amiga + Amiga the way we know it, after working with music.
Amiga music with 16-bit Stereo RIFF Walkabout Music Samples
|OMSS doing 16-bit Stereo MAUD recording!|
Since my previous Amiga blog, I have done a lot of work re-composing all of my Amiga music, including Ninja Remix, Last Ninja 2 and 3, with 16-bit Stereo RIFF WAVE variant of the famous, high quality Walkabout Music Samples, for far better dynamic and clearness, making quite a difference!
Amiga music sounds so much cleaner and better using 16-bit stereo samples! That is of course if the tunes are great themselves. Then the quality is truly worth it! I have even improved my Amiga music of tracks like Airwolf Theme, The Hobsyssel Hobbit Theme, LOST and Jan Hammer's Super-hit from Miami Vice - Crockett's Theme, all using 16-bit Stereo RIFF WAVE Walkabout Music Samples! The quality is just amazing, and where there are vibrations from certain instruments, these sound now much more realistic, and bass sounds to have a deeper more powerful tone! All in all very impressive indeed!
As you can see from the screenshot above, it's fully possible to use OctaMED SoundStudio to record directly-to-disk in 16-bit stereo, even in MAUD format, thanks to the new MAUD Sound Datatype Support, provided with latest version of A-EON's impressive Workbench Enhancer. But because my MP3 converter program - CodeAudio, doesn't support converting with MAUD files, my music has to be recorded directly-to-disk, using 16-bit stereo AIFF instead, as CodeAudio for now only supports AIFF. That's actually quite okay. The result gets perfect anyway.
|Image improved with HDR in GIMP!|
Last Ninja music and other well-known tracks are not the only music I have done. I have also started to work on instrumental Blues on my Amiga. A collection I call "Norway Blues".
On YouTube, I already released my first 2 Amiga Blues tracks, titled "Bergen City Blues" and "Nordic Women". They were also re-composed using 16-bit stereo samples!
My next Amiga track is under work as you read this blog, titled "Mushroom". It will be a beautiful Ambient track, giving you the feeling of actually being out in the nature, listening to beautiful music. You'll love this.
Also improving several images for my music to look at on YouTube is also very exciting! Using GIMP - the open source variant of Photoshop, I can even improve poor looking images with HDR, and then they look much better, as seen in screenshot! GIMP is a truly powerful photo editor program!
A-EON vs Hyperion conflict rumours
|Hyperion being silent for almost a year...|
Not everything is going well in the land of the Amiga. Since December 2017, Hyperion Entertainment have been dead silent, complaining about a license issue with Cloanto.
The result also made them being removed from the Belgian site, but has until summer this year 2018 made them appear back to the Belgian registered site. After that, silent...
More important, Hyperion haven't updated anything to AmigaOS4 since the release of Update 1 for AmigaOS 4.1 FE.
There appears to be rumours circulating a more private conflict between A-EON and Hyperion Entertainment. What hasn't been known by many until recently, is that Hyperion actually went into partnership with A-EON, when A-EON was established a couple of years ago. Three persons formed a partnership. They are Trevor Dickinson, a person named Timothy and the controversial Ben Hermans.
Without jumping to own conclusions and thoughts, rumours say that Ben Hermans especially took money from his partners, for his own purposes, and because of the inside chaos that appeared during Ben Hermans infamous actions, they also created complications for any further AmigaOS development, which surely explains why we haven't heard or seen any further AmigaOS progress since Update 1 for AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition. It's a great shame with such a pointless drama!
Much can be said about Ben Hermans. Personally, I always suspected him for being quite an...arse, also because I got personal impressions about him during a couple of emails several years ago. A real bad-ass guy whom has no right to lead the development of AmigaOS the way he has done the past 10 years now...
This is also the same controversial person whom once said in early 2000s that MorphOS was an "emulator", and that the company Genesis, whom is behind the development of MorphOS, was stealing the AmigaOS 3.1 sources. In my opinion, it was quite a bold claim, and in later years, it turnt out that Ben Hermans never could prove what he claimed, and was valued as a "controversial, stupid rude man with a big mouth"!. The same man that has now also messed up AmigaOS development!
It's ironic that Ben Hermans tried for years to prove that MorphOS is not a value AmigaOS-clone candidate, but look where MorphOS has headed now. MorphOS is already in version 3.11, and has become quite a modern mainstream AmigaOS clone, next to AROS, that is. AmigaOS4 unfortunately seems to be some steps behind both AROS and MorphOS in support for newer standards. It's a shame!
Much could have been avoided if the conflict Hyperion now have caused with A-EON never happened. The very last thing the Amiga needs is a drama that could very well mean a certain death of the AMIGA! We can't allow that to happen!
Because, according to rumours, A-EON actually pays Hyperion Entertainment for still being an active company, trying to help them, AmigaOS development would have speeded up very much and the future of Amiga would be much brighter, if A-EON only took control of the whole Amiga concept and the rights for AmigaOS.
As seen with the current situation, if believing the rumours, neither Ben Hermans nor this Timothy are able to stear Amiga and the AmigaOS development into the right direction. It is clear that they're really damaging and hindering AmigaOS4 development with their pointless drama, that make you think of it as some political circus, very much as you see with the insane situation around president Trump!
However, we haven't heard enough of these rumours. It's expected that an official announcement of the situation between the two companies will be published in the near future. I'm sure we'll learn more what is actually the case and what solutions there will be. What is important is that AmigaOS development must continue!
Until then, we can only wait, see and hope for the best. That's all for now...
Enjoy my great Amiga music with 16-bit stereo samples on YouTube here: