In 1985, the Amiga introduced four-channel sample-enabled audio to home computers.
For the first time, high quality digital samples of real instruments could
be played back through the computer's sound chip. The resulting quality was
more realistic than that of home computers like the
C64 and Atari ST, where
audio was mostly synthesized, rather than based on samples.
Several music file formats were directly inspired by the Amiga, e.g. the
original MOD format was able to represent music using four audio channels
(reflecting the capabilities of the Amiga chipset), and up to 15
Music in Amiga Forever
Amiga Forever does not directly contain any music files, last but not
least because international regulations on the distribution of music are
often complex and expensive to handle. However, the software preinstalled in
Amiga Forever is able to not only emulate the original chipset, but also
newer Amiga audio interfaces, such as AHI. Amiga Forever also includes
software to play back MOD files.
Additional information and downloadable music files are available from the sites listed
on this page.