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Mailbox

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Ludwig: Bones for an Obscure Dog

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Black Box

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Atari games on the move

 

 

Reviews

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Jag-Wired

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Mirage A/D convertor cartridge

 

 

News

 

Mirage A/D convertor cartridge

Being out of production doesn't stop TXG giving the thumbs-up

 

This is an audio sampler cartridge made by Mirage Ltd, Poland, for the Atari 8-bit series. You can sample audio and use the samples in your own programs. The cartridge samples the audio in mono 4-bit resolution. There is a LED on the sampler to see the signal level and the quality is good when using high speed.

The cartridge comes with a disk, with a sampling program and a sample editor. You can change the speed of the sample, play it in reverse... Also you can select the start and end address so that you can just select a part of a sample. You can use Atari BASIC, Turbo BASIC, Action! and assembler to play the samples. Photo of cartridgeItís very easy to use these samples in your own programs. You can write programs for the sampler yourself and use the samples in your own program and play them back on the POKEY chip. For very good quality you need to turn the ANTIC chip (video processor) off because you will have 30% more CPU time, secondly the less interrupts you have the better the audio will be.

The sampler can't be bought at this time, only second-hand. I am trying to get the schematic for the original cartridge. On the Polish second-hand market there are some for sale, I have heard. I advise to ask around if you want a cartridge like this. A good source would be comp.sys.atari.8bit

Here is a summary of compatible software I have used:
 

 

Screen shot of Studio Master

 

 

Main screen of the sampler disk

 

 

 

 

 

Screen shot of Studio Master

 

 

Studio Master
A sample editor program with tracker functions that can use up to 320KB

 

 

Studio Master

Pros:

  • Software supports 320KB, easy to use, graphical user interface

Cons:

  • Slow operation

Score:

****

 

 

 

Screen shot of Digital Studio II

 


 


Screen shot of Digital Studio II

 

 

Digital Studio II
This is the original software from Poland. It's very good and has some great features like changing playing speed, play reverse and set memory pointers.

 

 

Digital Studio II

Pros:

  • Fast sample speed, quick and easy interface, input signal level metering.

Cons:

  • No extra memory support.

Score:

****

 

 

 

Screen shot of Sample Editor

 

 

Sample Editor 1.0
This program is only for editing samples, big advantage is that you have more memory available than in Digital Studio II.

 

 

Sample Editor 1.0

Pros:

  • Quick and easy interface, uses the same interface as
    Digital Studio II.

Score:

****

 

 

 

Screen shot of Sample Editor

 

 

T.M.L. Sampler
A nice program to sample and edit your samples.

 

 

T.M.L. Sampler

Pros:

  • Easy and colorful interface, good sample speed.

Cons:

  • No extra memory support.

Score:

****


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