***And now SORRY for a short off-topic***d0us:
As for OctaMed's 16 channels, we're talking about 4.0 version (probably some higher 3. version had it too, if I recall).
First - load Your song prepared to add channels (digital/midi). Or load Your samples if You just started making a song.
Enter to BLOCK section.
You will see: TRKS 4,8,12,16 (with "4" marked).
Change into 16.
RGB monitor required because TV-set has too small resolution. (However in mid 90s we were using TV with 16 channels of OctaMed, hahaha
Now You can see all 16 trax but You have only 4 digital generators opened. The rest would go for midi (actually it's still a tracker, so if You put in the same channel some digital instrument and just after it, You put there some midi instrument, it still should work in one channel but I can't remember at the moment. 10 years passed, You know).
OK. Go back to the PLAY section/panel.
On the right hand side You can notice CH.MODE HQ (HQ will work only on A1200, if I recall) and below there are digits:
4,5,6,7,8 (with "4" marked).
Here You can change number of digital generators.
Please KEEP IN MIND that Octa will ask You if You are sure to make more digital generators with a question:
"Do you want to halve the samples? (Y/N)".
It's because YOU CANNOT RESTORE THEIR QUALITY ONCE YOU INCREASED THE CHANNELS' NUMBER.
Still the quality isn't too bad actually. Probably will be higher when You press HQ (supposedly only A1200) but I suspect the HQ mode could be only for recording the final song because CPU cannot handle even moving mouse cursor.
And here is another important thing: Amiga will work slower when more channels are turn-ON. You will have to increase the original tempo (SPEED UP the song) to achieve original effect because tempo drops with inscreased number of channels).
At least on A500.
And, unlike Atari STe, Amiga on OctaMed 4.0 has only 4 volumes for 8 channels. Which is most annoying.
Volume from one channel - affects another.
The final results is: You have to resign from volumes at all (in digital channels) and prepare more samples (louder and silent version of the same instrument) to achieve volumes for each instrument without affecting another.
Aha, volume command "C" dosn't work with midi instrument. Because there are two different (velocity and volume). I can't remember their commands at all, sadly.
Ah well. Or maybe You knew already everything of that? Actually it would be splendid to have some MIDI tracker for ST/STe, as good as OctaMed is. Even without digital generators at all. Just for midi. Do You know guys, if there is any program like that?