Saturday, November 08, 2008

Atari 2600 Sample Pack

I have created a set of samples that have been recorded directly from a PAL Atari 2600 (black six switch model) . I have created all of the sounds myself on the hardware (as in, these are not sounds or samples recorded from games or demo programs).

The samples cover three amplitude envelope types for the fourteen directly audible waveform and pitch-range types of the Atari 2600. All thirty-two pitches are covered for each waveform. This makes for a total of 1344 individual samples. The samples are arranged into a directory hierarchy that is first ordered into envelopes, followed by waveforms types.

In each waveform type directory, there are thirty-two samples. Each sample is of a different pitch. The first file name in each directory is the lowest pitch for that given waveform and envelope type. The last file name in each directory is the highest pitch for that given waveform and envelope type.

Audio Format
The uncompressed audio is presented as 16 bit, 44.1KHz mono .wav files. The compressed audio is presented as 96 kbps bit, mono .mp3 files. The audio has been normalised and trimmed, but not compressed nor equalised in any fashion. Fade-ins and fade-outs have been added to each file.

The sample pack can be downloaded here:

Uncompressed (44.1KHz, 16 bit, mono .wav):

Compressed (96kbps, mono mp3):

This Atari 2600 sample pack by Sebastian Tomczak is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. More information about this license can be viewed here:


Anonymous said...

Thank you for these! I've been thinking about creating a 2600 VSTi, and needed samples for reference. As an added bonus, I can use them wif ma tracka :D

Anonymous said...

'gotoET' made something silly, but atleast it is authentic.


Sebastian Tomczak said...

Anonymous: That's what they're there for! :) glad you find them useful

anders: I hear that gotoET guy is nothin but troubles, ay. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wicked. Now I can make some "Ataristep" a la DJ Hazard. Check his tune "Cowards Beware" for great use of classic Atari samples in drum & bass.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thank you for all the samples: thanks!

Anonymous said...

just want to thank you. I was looking at different ring tones for my cell and the atari sounds idea comes up, just a nostalgic

Daniel said...

Thanks for these! :)

niko said...

Thanks, this will be very useful for making chiptunes and bitpop in the future