GEMS (Genesis Editor for Music and Sound Effects) is a piece of proprietary music software for DOS used solely for creating music on the Sega Genesis and Sega 32X in the proprietary format MOD (GEMS). The program was created by Jonathan Miller, Burt Sloane, Chris Grigg and Mark Miller. The program is MIDI compatible to make it easier to use.
It is estimated that close to 200 Genesis and 32X games used GEMS for music and sound.
GEMS was heavily criticized by video game music listeners because of its low fidelity in instrument design, but this was a fault of the default instrument patches. They could be modified (which they sometimes were) to produce a more realistic sound.
Like the Kankichi-kun driver used by Nintendo for the SNES, the driver was loaned out to several developers and modified, such as Brian Schmidt, Novotrade, Eastridge Technology, Andy Brock and Don Veca, and as a result, there are many, many variants.
The following composers used GEMS:
||Includes source for several versions.
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