I’m Nesteroulis Vasilhs, a tracker fan and an Amiga enthusiast with love to the Amiga Scene and music. I compose with various trackers (Protracker , Octamed V4 , Digibooster Pro) and also started using Renoise tracker this year.
How long have you been using the Amiga?
The 1st time i used an Amiga was in 1990 when my father bought an A500 with a 1084 monitor. Me and my older brother were playing like crazy classic amiga games. My brother was a Dj those years and mastering his techniques on Drum n Bass music. I was 10 years old when i first used my A500 .Then Around 1994 one friend gave us Protracker on disk with some sample disks. One year later i was experimenting with Drum n Bass music. Amiga was more like a creativity computer for me than a gaming machine. Thats why i use my amiga for music a lot.
What is your current configuration?
My main Amiga for almost daily use is my Vampire V2 A600 , 2mb chip ram, MIDI expansion, PCMCIA WiFi card , extrernal CD-ROM , CoffinOS installed .
What are your favorite activities on Amiga?
I use various trackers to compose music on my amiga and i never stop experimenting on music almost 25 years now. 2 years now with my Vampire600 i use a lot the Digibooster Pro software to compose music with more channels and faster CPU as you can’t compose on Digibooster without a 68030 accelerator at least. Vampire flies and can play perfect 64ch .xm modules. I also like a lot the amiga Demoscene. Hope to get involved someday and hear my music on an Amiga demo. I also started making music for Amiga games. Its a challenge i wanted to face because my tracks have heavy sampled sounds in D&B music and from 600-900kb you drop down to 50-80kb its a bet with my self I want to win. I work together with John Tsakiris , the creator of the new 2018 game Worthy. As you see music on Amiga never stopped but also has a bright future with all this new hardware around. Vampire V4 has a good potential with full 16bit sound.
As a DJ, do you think that the Amiga with Vampire will remains a competitive machine in the field of sound?
We need more music tools to be competitive. I want to believe that new software will be released the next 5 years. We have dedicated members from the community , he is developing Milkytracker for the Amiga 68k and Vampire as we speak. I test a lot this software, its a WIP but very strong at this stage. Hope we see more tools for music on the near future. Vampire new accelerator cards will have 16bit sound soon but even without that option Paula chipset has a very crisp and deep clear analogue sound . with the right tools and mixing experience you can archive proper quality music.
What is your opinion on AmigaOne X5000?
Don’t have a next gen Amiga. Never had and never used one. I stick to the classic machines.
Finally, do you have something to say to our readers?
Vampire 600 gave life to an A600 i had dead almost 20 years on a box because there was not even one option to accelerate this computer with something reliable from the 90’s era market. When V600 V2 came out i was sceptic but after a year of development and a promising roadpath from the Apollo Team i joined the list for my V600 V2 card. After almost 2 years of use i can say that this computer is more stable than my A1200 with 68060 accelerator. Now my underestimated A600 is a workload beast. I demostrate my V600 on various Exhibitions in Greece and people cant believe that this Amiga600 can play 3D accelerated games, watching videos, playing 68060 demoscene stuff and many more. I feel the Scene more active than 1994.
Nester’s Amithlon project and A1200 HTAC (Home theatre Amiga Computer) for the living room.
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