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Clint Thompson

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  1. I find it fascating, the v2 of the SMS because it resembles the unreleased Atari Panther so much and I had only just recently stumbled upon the fact that Sega even made a second version of the SMS and it wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I even knew the SMS existed. Very cool 😃
  2. Wow... a TG16 AND a SMS v2 in one picture. Saucy stuff!
  3. Wow, the Tyros does look like a really nice toy! =D In the case of your experience, you would for sure love this thing and truly appreciate what you can do with it I feel. I haven't been able to set it up with either PC or ST software packages yet (waiting on replacement USB MIDI cable for the PC and new disk drive for ST) so I'm unsure what to expect other than loading it without the Hotz connected and briefly going through the vast amount of options and settings available. Right now I'm just experimenting with it solo as nothing more than a stand alone MIDI controller which is allowing me to play 3 parts simultaneously. Pads on the bottom, Guitar on the top and a nice synth sound in the middle with reverb. My next goal is to setup a drum loop trigger on either of the sides and then have an additional pedal selected so I can select dual tone harmonic guitar sounds on the top during a solo-styled playback. This thing has 6 pedal inputs for each of the zones plus 2 others for alternate options, it's incredible. Maybe there's something like this for other devices in the past but out of the 20 some odd years I've been toying around with synths and musical gadgets, I've never seen anything setup like this that would allow you to really do some crazy jam sessions as a single person all on a single device in one round. I almost got the Roli Seaboard last year and will probably eventually pick it up (same goes with the Haken Continuum) but even those are still very much a one piece or single part playback, outside of laying sounds of course.
  4. Yeah, depending how you press it the tone changes - it's similar to a regular touch responsive keyboard only it feels as though you can control it a lot better on this. It's one of those things that have to be experienced to be understood as describing doesn't really do it justice. I'm wanting to do an actual review of this device since I've never seen one done but will wait to get some experience with the included software before doing so. Seems as though only a handful of people have ever used one and even less used in production. From what I could find, only 3 bands in total used it (Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Hotz himself and an indie-styled Christian rock band called Haven -- if you count movie music for Chronicles of Riddick (though I can't confirm what was created with the Hotz, it's just mentioned being in the studio of the producer working on the soundtrack so may just be a product plug) then that's 4. I fear them marketing it as a tool for amateurs or those who don't know how to play music was a huge mistake. Truth is, this should have been very specifically targeted for the pro segment and as a professional midi keyboard for production houses. The software alone is quite complex (not in a bad way but it's very elaborate) and unless someone already knows a bit about setting it up and/or understands the fundamentals of music in general, I don't see how someone who doesn't know how to play music could really rock the world with it out of the box without a ton of help. It's definitely one of those things that was far ahead of its time but the price is really what puts it out of reach of so many people. A real shame because it's unreal to play on in the best possible way.
  5. Strange how timing and such works out. A year later and many years of lusting (plus a decade) I finally had a Hotz Box sent out to me the same day you posted this but only just now catching up with everything after the holidays. I was actually in Tennessee when the unit arrived back at home in Indy so the excitement had to be contained until I got back home several days later. Anyways, it's a lot bigger and heavier than I thought it would be and it's definitely far cooler than I could have ever imagined. I'm going to make some proper videos for this since there really isn't much out there aside from the few videos that Jimmy has posted himself. I'm not really sure number count wise to date but the guy who did the music for Riddick said in 2004 that only 25 had been made. Naturally only 2 weeks after I receive the unit, another producer decided to offload a few of the smaller units he has that was custom made for him but I ultimately passed originally to hold out for a larger unit that I've coined The Mothership: And a quick test video right after unboxing:
  6. Very cool, would love to pick one of these up some day 😃
  7. Amazing price! I'm guessing he makes about $5-$6 each cart but it certainly makes wanting to get homebrews of this nature for more attractive and is more than fair.
  8. Yes, I found out about that neat little hack only moments after buying all 4 of them already lol but that's ok, I enjoy them and they look nice... and dare I say play nice as well. First time in my entire life that I can lie in bed and play an arcade machine, too! ;-)
  9. So, I caught wind of this from someone on Facebook... then set out to get every one of them. Their post cost me $80 (as they are $19.99 each at Cracker Barrel) and while some claim they are unplayable (and they are a challenge to play at such a small level) I still find them incredibly enjoyable and just fun overall to have. Top part lights up, authentic sounds and gameplay... really great stuff for 20 bucks! Any one else grab one yet?
  10. Thanks go to John Hardie for scanning this in. Confirmation that work was done on this and not just a case mockup!
  11. Well, I reached out to them via phone and as far as they know, it was not video recorded sadly. She mentioned a transcript may be available but I'm not sure any interest is really there for that as much as there would be for seeing the play. Did send an e-mail out to see just in case with the director of the play so maybe something else will come from it but not sure.
  12. Has anyone here ever had the opportunity to use an Atari Hotz Box or ever own one even?
  13. I had no idea this existed or was a thing until now. I wonder if there's any video of it somewhere.... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-merge-atari-review-ent-1019-20161018-column.html
  14. I spend a lot of time thinking about design, it's one of the best things about Atari that has always drawn me into their machines/consoles. They were always ahead of their time. I've been wanting an Atari ST Book for a long time now but have yet to find the perfect one that isn't exceeding $2,000 in price but still with no luck. For some reason, I really started questioning the LCD design layout tonight. What if I told you that the bezel area on the left-hand side was to serve as a form of alternate input recognition for signatures or writing and the ST to translate into text? Seems logical considering the time period was also when they were experimenting with the STPad and hand-written input recognition. I mean... why else have that 'area' there? Maybe I haven't discovered anything and this isn't news to anyone and it was actually intended to be just that all along but if so, I've never read or heard about it. Judge for yourself: ST Book - as in, something you could literally write into...
  15. Figured this would be a fun topic and shed some light into the lives of everyone here and their background or experiences with Atari as a whole. Looking forward to hearing everyone's stories! My first Atari 1040ST I lucked out and found at a local Goodwill for less than $20, which was in incredible deal! Not only was it in really good condition, it also seemed to work flawlessly. Mind you, this was before the eBay and scalper or flipping days where people would buy things just to turn a profit immediately because they knew it was retro/vintage or what have you. I think I only owned the ST for a few years as I didn't have much software and this was before I had learned about LGT, which unfortunately now charges for all downloads. I want to say I remember the disks being downloadable for free at some point but maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. That was my first and last Atari ST and the plan is to get an 4MB STe sometime in the near future to fill that void. Sometime in early 1999, I received my very first Atari Falcon, which I had always wanted since seeing them in the Toad Computers catalogs around the . At the time, I also had what I was finally happy with as a very fast PC as well - with an AMD K6-II 450Mhz and 64MB of RAM, WinTV card and eventually a 3DFX Voodoo 3 3000 16MB AGP card. Anyways, back to the Falcon - it arrived COD and I had no experience with cash on delivery. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly cash on delivery as I would soon learn lol and they had to re-deliver the next day because only money orders were accepted. So due to my own ignorance, I had to delay it another day. Had that machine for several years and enjoyed the many demos and capabilities of the machine for what I could use before selling it off. It had a BlowUpFX and some other board installed which made it highly incompatible with a lot of the software I wanted to try, as it turned out. To kind of extend on that story, later on I would end up with yet another Falcon which was also modded unfortunately, as it had a Centurbo II installed and something was wonky with the DSP as a result and I also re-sold this unit as it just had problems. I remember learning from that point on to make sure I would only get another Falcon if it wasn't modded. I would finally end up with a really nice unit sometime in 2001 or 2002, upgrading it myself with an FPU and maxed out the RAM to 14MB. Foolishly, I would sell it years later due to financial constraints and still regret having to had done so.
  16. This would be the coolest coffee table ever and I want one, so awesome! This is exactly the kind of projects Atari themselves should be tackling but no..
  17. Posting this in case some of you haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere. I don't know what the reason is and I don't care but I couldn't be happier with the pricing now! PSTV or PlayStation TVs are being sold brand new at Wal-Mart store locations across the U.S. for $20 new without controller or $30 new with controllers which means you can get the entire system plus Jeff Minter's TxK for a whopping $9.99 totaling right at $40. Their online store prices are much higher so the unit has to be purchased in-store. If your local Wal-Mart prices them differently when scanned, have them call a Wal-Mart in Illinois or Indianapolis to price match them. I've confirmed it myself that these are the current and correct prices as of 5-2-2016. Probably one of the best bundle deal packages ever. For those who don't know what the PSTV is, it's basically the Vita in console form so you can play it on your TV. It may not be for everyone but if you're a Tempest fan, I think this is going to be the absolute best deal you can get for a new package to play TxK.
  18. I stumbled across these and found it to be intriguing! I wonder what exactly they used them for and how the phone jack connections work and with what. If I didn't have a million other things going on I would probably pick these up but hard telling how much they'll end up for. Typically I would say the XF551 drives alone would be worth it but seeing as how it was definitely constantly used, I wouldn't put much money on them being functional or at least much longer, if so. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Atari-Broadcast-system-130XE-customized-XF551-with-disks-/121951625046?hash=item1c64e21f56:g:ScsAAOSw8RJXCm3L
  19. So I bought an Indus GT out of impulse because I can't locate my old 1050. Found one on eBay for $90 boxed and complete. Sounds dreamy, right? I was for sure certain I was in for a treat. I haven't owned an Indus GT in almost 16 years and even though I could get much more modern means of loading my XE with games, I'm a purist at heart. Here I was looking to spend the upcoming weekend playing Yoomp! and other great games with the daughter and girlfriend. I was horrified to find out however that I bought a brick that isn't even original. To my disgust... Seller is putting up a fight because they said its as-is, was tested to the best of their ability and sold it with the utmost confidence but is unwilling to accept it as a return. Am I wrong for opening a dispute case? I hate feelin taken for and this is a prime example. You don't buy a Corvette to find out it has a Prius engine. Or an authentic painting only to find out it has damage and is actually a fake. I don't know. eBay...
  20. Found this online today and even though it's a small tidbit, it does make a lot of sense: "You've coded on a lot of different systems. Which ones did you think were the worst and best, in terms of hardware implementation, development environment, manufacturer tech support (for developers)....? Rebecca Heineman: The worst had to be the Atari Jaguar. Forcing everyone to use an Atari Falcon as a dev system and expecting us to use bug ridden and barely working compilers and other tools, it was a miracle any game was completed on that system. Best? The Apple II in it's simplicity. I loved programming the Apple II and then the IIgs, although the IIgs was really slow without an accelerator (Which was likely a marketing decision to force people to buy Macintosh computers). Dev environment? CodeWarrior! I wrote so many plug ins to allow me to use numerous scripting tools, it's a shame it's all but abandoned today, and at least Visual Studio is in a state today that it's my IDE of choice. Tech support? It was 3DO, they did everything they could including sending me at their expense to get training on making code on their platform and going out of their way to make sure I got my games out the door. Pity, their business model wasn't sustainable." Source: http://ask.fm/burgerbecky/answer/128965555885 Truth be told, the idea of coding and/or completely developing on the Falcon does seems kind of insane, especially considering the extremely limited software available for the Falcon at the time... nevermind the fact that they just completely dropped it only after a year anyway. I completely understand what Atari was trying to do or ultimately wanted to do... create an eco-system where the Falcon was necessary to create games for the Jaguar on and push sales of their computers with hope that software would flourish and soon follow. Obviously there were a ton of other issues preventing that vision from materializing. That same year the Pentium was released, software options alone would quickly overule any chance of using the Falcon as a standalone development workstation viable, nevermind the obvious speed difference the Pentium chips offered.
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