Paranoid Frog has been around since the nineties and started making music on C128 with midi-interface and Yamaha DX synths. We quickly moved on to Amiga tracking complemented with midi-interface and more competent synthesizers such as Roland D110, Casio VZ-10m and Korg M1. The Amiga was given an effect module to make the sound more professional. Main software used during this time was Teiju Kinnunens Music Ediror MED.
At some point we realised that the producing music on the Amiga didn’t have a future, so around 2000 we switched to PC and the very creative music tool, Buzz, by Oskari Tammelin. This tool opened up a new way of creating music entirely on a PC using synths and effects that could be connected together by virtual cables. Having a classical tracker interface it also enabled quite complex control of the synth and effect parameters that would be quite complex in conventional DAWs.
From old music to new music
Most of our earlier production was Amiga based. The problem with this is that it gets harder and harder to maintain the Amiga hardware. Currently our main Amiga acting up and it is hard to boot and transfer files between the Amiga and PC. To be able to archive our old production we have found an excellent hardware SuperCard Pro. This hardware enables you to use a standard PC 3.5 inch disk drive to read any kind of disk regardless of format. We have used this tool to convert many of our old disks to Amiga ADF files which can be used with an emulator on the PC. This has enabled us to export many of our songs and remaster them in modern tools.