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AHIusr_6.0rc4.lha
Description:Retargetable audio v6.0, User's Archive.
Developer:Martin Blom
Homepage:http://www.lysator.liu.se/(dl)/ahi/v4-site/files/ahi/beta/
Readme:
Short: Retargetable audio v6.0, User's Archive
Type: mus/misc
Author: Martin Blom <martin@blom.org>
Uploader: Martin Blom <martin@blom.org>

This archive contains the binary distribution of AHI,
everything you need to use programs that require AHI,
and documentation in AmigaGuide® format.

Installation
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AHI version 4 used to have a nice installer script. If you would like
to contribute one for AHI version 6, I'm sure lots of people would be
very grateful!

Manual installation is easy. Here is a list of files in the archive
and where they are supposed to be copied:

User/C/AddAudioModes C:AddAudioModes
User/Catalogs/<lang>/ahi.catalog LOCALE:Catalogs/<lang>/ahi.catalog
User/Catalogs/<lang>/ahiprefs.catalog LOCALE:Catalogs/<lang>/ahiprefs.catalog
User/Devs/ahi.device DEVS:ahi.device
User/Devs/AHI/<driver>.audio DEVS:AHI/<driver>.audio
User/Devs/AudioModes/<DRIVER> DEVS:AudioModes/<DRIVER>
User/Devs/DOSDrivers/AUDIO DEVS:DosDrivers/AUDIO or
SYS:Storage/DosDrivers/AUDIO
User/Devs/DOSDrivers/AUDIO.info DEVS:DosDrivers/AUDIO.info or
SYS:Storage/DosDrivers/AUDIO.info
User/Devs/DOSDrivers/AUDIO.MWB.info DEVS:DosDrivers/AUDIO.info or
SYS:Storage/DosDrivers/AUDIO.info
User/Devs/MIDI/emu10kx DEVS:MIDI/emu10kx
User/Docs/ahiusr.dvi [No default location]
User/Docs/ahiusr.guide HELP:ahi.guide
User/Docs/ahiusr.html [No default location]
User/Docs/ahiusr.ps [No default location]
User/L/AHI-Handler L:AHI-Handler
User/Prefs/AHI SYS:Prefs/AHI
User/Prefs/AHI.info SYS:Prefs/AHI.info
User/Prefs/AHI.MWB.info SYS:Prefs/AHI.info

As you can see, it's basically just a straight copy to your SYS: or
MOSSYS: partition. The exceptions are the MagicWB ("MWB") icons and
the help file, which should be renamed to ahi.guide.

Changes since last release
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This version of AHI adds "anti-click" mixing routines, playback of
32 bit samples, multi-channel audio and and support for the
PowerPC microprocessor (MorphOS and AmigaOS 4.x only).

The 68000 processor is no longer supported; a 68020 or better is
required.

The "fast" audio modes are no longer used. They will not be shown
in the audio mode requester.

The non-HiFi modes are not any faster than the HiFi modes. They are
just present because some music sound "better" when no interpolation
is used.


For a full log of everything that has been updated, see the
ChangeLog file.

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TITLE

AHI Audio system

VERSION

Release 6.0

AUTHOR

Martin Blom <martin@blom.org>

DESCRIPTION

Retargetable Audio for AmigaOS
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(When refering to this software, the correct term is
'AHI audio system' or just 'AHI', never 'Audio Hardware
Interface'! 'AHI' is pronounced 'atchii', as in 'God bless!'.)

AHI now supports the PowerPC processor. Thanks to the users who
donated money and Syscom & Mematex AB who sponsored the hardware,
I was finally able you buy a Cyberstorm PPC card. The current
version is for MorphOS only, but a WarpUp version will hopefully
follow later.

Version 6.0 supports 68020, 68030, 68040 and 68060 from
the m68k family and 603 and 604 from the PowerPC family.

Staring with version 6, the 68000 processor is no longer supported.
68000 owners should use version 4 instead.

Quick overview
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* Driver based

Each supported sound card is controlled by a library-based audio
driver. For a 'dumb' sound card, a new driver should be written in
a few hours. For a 'smart' sound card, it is possible to utilize an
on-board DSP, for example, to maximize performance and sound quality.
For sound cards with own DSP but little or no memory, it is possible
to use the main CPU to mix channels and do the post-processing
with the DSP. Available today are drivers for

· Aura (sampler only)
· Clarity (sampler only)
· Concierto (Picasso IV sound module)
· Delfina DSP and Delfina Lite
· DraCo Motion
· Maestro Pro
· Melody Z2 and 1200
· Paula (8/14/14c bit)
· Prelude and Prelude 1200
· Toccata
· Wavetools
· 8SVX (mono) and AIFF/AIFC (mono & stereo) sample render
· ...and more.

* Fast, powerful mixing routines (yeah, right... haha)

The device's mixing routines mix 8- or 16-bit signed samples, both
mono and stereo, located in Fast-RAM and outputs 32-bit mono or stereo
(with stereo panning if desired) data, using any number of channels
(as long as 'any' means less than 128...). Tables are no longer
used, which might affect performace slightly. Instead, version 6
forcuses slightly more on the quality of the sound.

* Support for non-realtime mixing

By providing a timing feature, it is possible to create high-
quality output even if the processing power is lacking, by saving
the output to disk, for example as an IFF AIFF or 8SXV file.
There are so-called HiFi mixing routines that can be used, which
use linear interpolation and gives 32 bit output.

* Audio database

Uses ID codes, much like Screenmode IDs, to select the many
parameters that can be set. The functions to access the audio
database are not too different from those in 'graphics.library'.
The device also features a requester to get an ID code from the
user.

* Both high- and low-level protocol

By acting both like a device and a library, AHI gives the programmer
a choice between full control and simplicity. The device API allows
several programs to use the audio hardware at the same time, and
the AUDIO: dos-device driver makes playing and recording sound very
simple for both the programmer and user.

* Future Compatible

When AmigaOS gets device-independent audio worth it's name, it should
not be too difficult to write a driver for AHI, allowing applications
using 'ahi.device' to automatically use the new OS interface. At
least I hope it wont.

Funny how things turned out, isn't it? Sigh.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

AmigaOS release 2.
MC68020 processor or better.

AVAILABILITY

Aminet, for example:
ftp://ftp.germany.aminet.org/pub/aminet/dev/misc/ahi6dev.lha
ftp://ftp.germany.aminet.org/pub/aminet/dev/misc/ahi6src.lha
ftp://ftp.germany.aminet.org/pub/aminet/mus/misc/ahi6usr.lha

WWW:
http://www.lysator.liu.se/~lcs/ahi.html

PRICE

Free. As in speech. And beer too! However, should you want to
make a donation, my PayPal account is martin@blom.org.

DISTRIBUTABILITY

Copyright ©1994-2005 Martin Blom.

AHI version 6 is (L)GPL:ed. See COPYING and COPYING.LIB inside the
archive for more information.

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