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Chris Kennedy's picture

Upgrading the Atari 2600 to S-Video with Stereo Output

I finally completed another video mod for a console of mine. The Atari 2600 has been high on the list of consoles to modify for higher quality video output. It was my first home console, it has a lot of memories tied to it, and it also has a good library of games.

The first modification I tried was made by 8bitdomain. This was a rather frustrating experience as I had to actually perform some maintenance to his circuit after he sent it to me. I had to flow some of the solder to get the color back in the S-Video output. Installation of the chip was a snap, but the color output was too saturated. The images were smeared, and I was unhappy.

Enter the Longhorn Engineer. I followed his work in developing the mod - even bought a mod for the Atari 5200 a couple of years ago. The 5200 had a problem with vertical bars on my display. He has since improved the mods. I bought an improved mod - this time for the 2600 - and went to work.

Matt Barton's picture

ChipTune Goodness--Java Style

We just received a head's up from a chipper named Mandrixx about his new website, Plopbox.net. It's a "jukebox" written in Java that's loaded up with all the great chiptunes (or "ploptunes"), classic and modern. You can even register on the site and create your own playlist, or just trust the judgment of the other users and play highly ranked tunes. At any rate, this is about the easiest way I know to listen to chiptunes, and Mandrixx seems dedicated to expanding and refining his site. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Matt Barton's picture

Space Synth: The Best Electronic Music Ever Made?

Protonic StormProtonic StormTo put it mildly, I'm a big fan of electronic and computer music. Please don't confuse that with techno, dance, trance, or house music. While I have nothing against these other sub-genres of electronic music, I, er, don't listen to them. Think instead of acts like Tangerine Dream (my hero), Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Jarre, and, to some extent, Kraftwerk. However, my latest obsession is with a genre I've recently discovered: Space Synth. What's great about this genre is that unlike most electronica, these tunes actually have melodies (i.e., you'll be humming them for weeks after you've heard them). I think I've found where all the talent ended up that lost mass consumer appeal in the late 80s! At any rate, I've found a website where you can sample some excellent space synth and see what you think.

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