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Old 08 September 2020, 09:27   #1
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HD-Rec 0.10 Beta released on Aminet

Very nice 16-bit audio sequencer. I'm running this in OS 3.9 w/ AfA. I've included a few screenshots but I'm just really starting to explore this. The sequencer view in the last screenshot is a sample .proj file included in the release. HD-Rec was released as freeware a few years ago. EDIT: This version has been around since 01/01/12. Why is it just now being uploaded to Aminet, I can't say.

From Aminet:

What did I just download ?

HD-Rec is a powerful MIDI/Audio sequencer for AmigaOS and
compatible OSes. The final target is to replace a whole music
production studio (well, at least a MIDI studio) with software
components.

It is a sequencer that can handle MIDI tracks and audio tracks
in very similar way, both arranged in the same timeline window.
The MIDI tracks can be played by an external hardware synth
via MIDI interface or internal via softsynth (e.g. "Sweeper").
The audio tracks can be recorded through your soundcard
or imported from disk. The most common fileformats are supported
(.wav, .aiff, .8svx, .mp3).

It has an integrated audio mixer with 16 true-stereo channels,
1 input and a master out channel, plus 4 aux channels.
There are a lot of useful high quality audio effects that can be
attached as insert or send effects to the channels.

This archive contains:
* HD-Rec V0.10 Beta
* various audio effects (Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, EQ, ...)
* Plugin: "Sweeper" Softsynth V2.0
* Plugin: "VM-49" virtual Masterkeyboard
* Plugin: "AMixer" pop up tool
* some demo songs using Sweeper
* General MIDI bank and various instruments for Sweeper

HD-Rec was successfully tested on following platfroms:
* Classic Amiga 68060/50MHz / AmigaOS 3.5
* WinUAE / AmigaOS 3.9
* Amithlon / AmigaOS 3.9

Note: This is a beta version of HD-Rec. Some features are still missing
and maybe it contains some serious bugs, so be warned, use it at
your own risk and do not make the author responsible for any
data loss. See the disclaimer at the end of this document.

If you find a bug or you have a suggestion how to improve the
workflow or what new features should be implemented, please write
an email to support hd-rec de.

To see what is new in this release, see the file "history.txt" in the
HD-Rec directory.

Visit the website at http://www.hd-rec.de for more.
Join the yahoo group of "hd-rec" !
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hd-rec
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Old 28 September 2020, 05:51   #2
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Cool!
How does it perform on real Amiga?
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Cool!
How does it perform on real Amiga?
It needs a lot of horsepower to run, so don't expect it to perform at all well on a 68030 for example. Real-time mixing and effects generation are CPU-heavy, so the faster the CPU, the more channels you can use and the more effects you can apply. Even a 68060 will start to struggle when you have a few channels - don't think of this as an alternative to OctaMED or anything, it's a different breed of application entirely.

The UI also benefits from a high resolution display, so graphics cards are useful, and a sound card would be useful too for getting the full audio quality out of it.
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Even a 68060 will start to struggle when you have a few channels - don't think of this as an alternative to OctaMED or anything, it's a different breed of application entirely.

The UI also benefits from a high resolution display, so graphics cards are useful, and a sound card would be useful too for getting the full audio quality out of it.
I have to conclude after playing with it for a while that it's a curiousity that with further development has the potential to become a reasonably full-featured DAW. But you're right, even running it in FS-UAE w/JIT, once you really begin working with it, it freezes for seconds at a time the more samples and sections you add, picks back up, and then eventually dies or locks everything up.
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The few times I've run it under WinUAE, it's never had any issues with a relatively heavy workload, but I've mainly dabbled with it under OS4 on my A1-XE, where it runs great (including MIDI).
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The few times I've run it under WinUAE, it's never had any issues with a relatively heavy workload, but I've mainly dabbled with it under OS4 on my A1-XE, where it runs great (including MIDI).
It's a diamond in the rough, no doubt. There's not much to learn on their site except they're working on v1.0. This is from back in 2012. How recent is the OS4 version?
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It's exactly the same version. The author was working away on it slowly, but lost interest a few years ago. Later he released the paid-for modules (e.g. Sweeper) for free, and that's what has appeared on Aminet. It appears he's no longer working on any of his other Amiga projects either, which is a shame.
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It's exactly the same version. The author was working away on it slowly, but lost interest a few years ago. Later he released the paid-for modules (e.g. Sweeper) for free, and that's what has appeared on Aminet. It appears he's no longer working on any of his other Amiga projects either, which is a shame.
Right, I'd forgotten there were start-up scripts for a variety of OS instances. It would be a shame if no one ever picked this back up to develop it and its potential.
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