20. September 2002
Katodev intends to do new hardware in 2003
Because of the new media ebay Katodev intends to re-invoke development
activity. Many things are easier and cheaper because of the online
17. September 2002
Katodev offers prototyped hardware at ebay
Katodev offers two CDTV clockport Interfaces at E-Bay which never
Drivers for Amithlon and others
Thorsten Hansen of Katodev hardly works at high-quality drivers
for Amiga-OS on foreign Soundhardware
(Mainboards using chipsets of SIS, VIA, INTEL and Soundblaster
4. October '01
AMPlifier has some new features asked by users.
- ReAction user style interface
- works with zipped skins-archives (.wsz)
- ID3v2 Tag support improved
- two new AREXX commands
- funktion to enter URLs for mp3-streaming
- save mp3-streams to harddisc
3. May '01
Now AMPlifier is available again with much new features.
- Shoutcast/Icecast MP3-streaming ('.m3u' and '.pls')
- ID3v2 Tag support
- new AREXX commands
- 8-bit WAV support
1. January '01
paulaaudio.device ONLY for OS 3.9 owner:
Xaudio is only an example for a modern sound driver.
The paulaaudio.device is only an option for people who think AHI is not the best chose for all applications. It won`t be supported from Katodev and is only for OS3.9 user (not download here). The enviroment variable for Picasso 96 to play with 44.1kHz with ECS/AGA computer is: ENVARC:picasso96/Amigavideo. In this file you have to find 15kHz (for Cybergrafix take a look in its manual). You can change the settings with SETENV picasso96/Amigavideo 31kHz. When the file ENVARC:Paulaaudio/hifreqs exists paulaaudio.device know he can play in 44.1kHz. The result is some applications don`t need to resample (more CPU time) and can play in better quallity.
24. December '00
A Gift from Katodev:
Katodev has some do it yourself instructions as a Xmas gift. The projects are not for commercial use. If you have some problems with the descriptions please let use know the bad parts. These projects base on Melody 1200. For the Clockport in CDTV (A500, A2000) and the LCD and Digital-output you can buy PCBs from us. Some will be available at February.
09. December '00
AMPlifier 2.21 and paulaaudio.device in OS 3.9 :
AMPlifier is in the newest version a part of OS 3.9. our powerfull and systemfriendly Player subjectiv best performance from all available Amiga Player is the MPEG-Player from OS3.9. Please check your configuration , because it is possible he needs too much performance, when you play mp3. Choose the right mpega.library if you haven`t a hardware decoding soundboard.
Please don`t use old version from AMPlifier togehter with this one. You will have big problems with the Plug-In ports. The version before this can`t run more than ones. New versions won`t have this problem.
Amplifier 2.21 is available after January 1st for all.
20. March '00
There is a page now which treats complications with different
serial interfaces on Amiga (f.e. caused by Soundboards)
If there is unexpected trouble with these boards or strange things
happen (like low rates esspecially with Twister1200), please have
an explaining look at our Auto-Flow-Control
page. You can fix it yourself!
20. February '00
In germany people noticed guys at KATODEV were selling some
of their Amigas. No, we're not stopping or limiting development!
The machines which were sold did not do a job for any of our
projects. With one exception none of the machines was ever used
for KATODEV's development. That one was last used about two years
You may know there are still some students in the team. This
is causing a lower progress of development at the final stage
of each semester since there are examns. Additionally the stuff
we're busy with is very time intensive and it will still take
a while until you'll hear from the great results.
Decreasing numbers of the small market even caused a delay of
availability regarding Melody1200
They'll be there, next!
06. December '99
Melody driver update V2.12 Download
If AMPlifier 2 doesn't work properly
make use of adapted driver software, please! Some
functions never used in old driver revisions
were enhanced are in use now. Note: Currently one of the MCX patches doesn't work
with AMPlifier 2.
27. November '99
AMPlifier 2 ready for public use! Download
A bug in the C++ development system stopped public release a
few days ago. Now it's ready! Have fun with it and enjoy all that
new features and enhancements. If you like to use the playback
interface together with professional sound you should have a look
at Melody 1200. Doesn't care if
you're using A1200 or a Zorro-Machine:
A1200BT, A2000, A3000(T), A4000(T).
12.-14. November '99
Home Electronics World in Cologne
Amiga International, Germany invited ous to the show in cologne
again. We'll be able to show known products and even very new
things at their booth.
Katodev presets (limited to Amiga):
German magazine "Amiga Plus" reviews Melody1200Pro
24.-25. July '99
World of Amiga in London
Kato Development Group visited the
World of Amiga. We presented some of our projects at the booth
of Power Computing.
29. May '99
Our own Site
Kato Development Group and Gruner Bürotechnik finally moved
to new domain now.
Due several problems with Emails, Webspace and synchronisation
of work, Gruner gave ous some space on their Domain. The whole
team is very thankfull for this move.
No longer use any of the old EMAILs since they stopped working.
02.-05. April '99
Kato Development Group visits the
Mekka-Symposium. As usuall we'll present our projects. If
possible we're giving products for testing at the time of the
party. We're enjoying the meeting and competitions!
Melody 1200 Digital IO expansion
was presented at its final (sales) revision.
12.-14. March '99
16. February '99
Amiga '99 in Bridgeton MO, USA
Kato Development Group sponsors door prices for the Gateway
Computer Show. A representative will probably show Melody
1200 PRO and Twister 1200 until they're given away as prices.
There will even be paper flyers. Look for him!
23. January '99
Melody CDTV (PRO) Announcement
Again a new Melody is intended for release, soon. This time CDTV
is the target machine. It's gonig to be transformed into an MPEG Layer-3
CD player besides its old and known multimedial features. Have
a look at some early deatails...
17. December 98
Brand new AMPlifier released
There is a new AMPlifier with new
magic Plug-In interface. Look for it!
1. December 98
Twister 1200 gets EOF-Mode, Melody 1200 gets new drivers
After the final testing is over now twister.device offers the
EOF-Mode, which is very usefull f.e. when using Miami. The mechanism
removes Overhead which is not nessecary and reduces load to the
machine. Last time much affort was spend into optimising twister.device
(even this topic) again. It's strongly recommended to use the
new driver even if the old one works fine. For poor Hardware there
is the possibility now to switch-off Hardwarehandshake.
Melody1200 got new drivers which may fix some trouble at special
(non-default) configurations like a failture which sometimes happened
when extended length of interconnection (between the boards) is
12-15. Oktober 98
Kato Development Group and supporters will start to do a multilingual
homepage. Up to now it's still english and german, but a version
for poland will be added soon.
3. Oktober 98
Show at Cologne
Kato Development Group presents most of the products at the booth
of Amiga International. Sometimes it was difficult to answer all
the questions, do presentations at the wall and talk to dealers
and so on.Thanks for your interest!
Twister 1200 Serial interface was
presented sold first time.
Kato Development allready started development of a Wavetable add-on
for MelodyNG. It's intended to get it offered together with an earlier
anounced RS232 -> MIDI Converter. The price will be lower than
25. September 98
Melody-Z2 gets stronger partner, a new Zorro board
After the work which was spend for previous works it's possible
to do a more powerfull but even much more expensive partner for
Melody-Z2. The key specs are be the same like for Melody1200 except
a much higher busbandwith (even higher than the speed at old Melody-Z2).
It will be available in low numbers at the time of the WOC in cologne
maybe on the WOC.
20. September 98
A-LAN capable Digital I/O (for first fibre only) will be available
for MelodyNG as an add-on. The price is expected to be very low
in our eyes.
15. September 98
For MelodyNG Melody1200 gets modified for Multichannel usage. A
new variant of Melody1200 with name Melody 1200 MultiCH will
probably be available this year. The board is equivalent to Melody1200base
which means no MPEG support. This board won't be available for a
low and nice price.
Many people were asking for a new real fast serial interface for
A1200. Different to other designers the chipset used at our boards
is able to drive 460800BPS within its specs.
No question its using full hardwarehandshake to enable FIFO
based dataflow. Forget about hardwarebuffer overflow known from
cheap stuff and Amiga's Chipset itself. The use together with MelodyNG
esspecially Melody 1200 is possible without trouble. Because of
space it's recomended to use a Tower if used together with Melody.
The price will be damn nice.
Melody 1200 is shipping in numbers
After more than a year of development times regarding MelodyNG (Melody1200
is a part of this code) with its permanent optimisations the first
results are visiable at some dealers (Melody 1200 pro and
Melody 1200 base). The overall design is modular and real
High-END for a prices that makes dreams come true for users with
Amiga 1200 and Tower.
Melody 1200 in pre-production
After much trouble happend last months Kato comes significantly
nearer to production state. Only a short way is left to go now...
26-27 April 98
Kato auf den MTT'98
Representatives of Kato present our projects and resulting products
at Magische Tage Trier (MTT'98): MelodyZ2, Melody1200pro, Melody1200plus,
AMPlifier and Simmfonie.
AMPlifier is available.
New old Distribution
After many discussions without success (regarding power and pricing)
between Kato and a new distribution, again Gruner Bürotechnik
does the job. For users this means more power for less money. For
Gruner it means work they don't need. Many thanks via this way!
A strong delay happens to the shipping of Melody 1200.