Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Equal-Tempered Atari 2600

This afternoon I've been working on a way of increasing the number of pitches that the Atari 2600 can play. The native pitch range of the device is actually really rather limited (for example - read up here: http://qotile.net/files/2600_music_guide.txt). For this setup, I'm using Atari 2600 hardware. It's MIDI controlled. The pitch range is now from around C1 to a G8, a massive and much more usable improvement.

8 comments:

Flashbob said...

Good God, HOW ?!?

nitro2k01 said...

What's the secret? Quick switching between the two nearest frequencies?

Classic Video Game directory said...

Yeah I'd like to hear some more about this, like how and why! Can you give us a demo?

Sebastian Tomczak said...

Yeah the video is a demo. Why? Well, as stated, the Atari 2600 has a very limited pitch set normally - so this is simply a way of extending which musical pitches it can play.

Michael Una said...

Dear Mr. Tomczak,

Please stop making the rest of us look like chumps. We're all trying to produce our own technological innovations, but it seems that every time we take a break to go to a party or sleep, you post something mind-blowing.

Do you even have a day job?

Sincerely,

Everyone (especially me)

Sebastian Tomczak said...

hey you've got a really nice blog, Mister Una! :D

Rei Yano said...

next seb will join his consoles together to form a robotic suit. he will then fly into space to share his music with all of creation.

cTrix said...

Wow ls. Lol. The more I mash around with my little macro assembler for 2600, the more I realize how awesome your efforts are and how I should probably just give up!! There's sh!t out of tune everywhere, drums that sound like arse at most and I still can't get volumes right! Some pitches just hit and it's hell on earth - VU's hit red and I'm diving for my master fader. I'm so playing early on for Soundbytes 5. (otherwise I'll be put to shame by this!)