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About MrPastGlory

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  • Birthday 11/17/1979

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  1. The question is how digital or analogue the preferred sound should be and how deep a user wants to get into programming sounds. Problem with the old synths from the 80s, from my experience, is that You need to have a good technician at hand in case of repairs and possible failures. Btw. some spare parts are hard to find these days. From the range of 80s polyphonic synths I prefer the Roland JX-3P (with Organix MIDI Upgrade), the Kawai/Teisco SX-240 and the Akai AX-80. From the range of 90s synths my absolute favourite is the Korg Z1. Here in Germany the Z1s are still pretty cheap (if You find one), around 400 - 700 EUR, depending on condition and configuration. It's a great allrounder but it's not easy to program sounds on it, therefore not really a beginners synthesizer. A 'pseudo-retro-synth' from the 90s is the Roland JP-8000, which offers more direct control of the parameters. Another 'new' retro synth I would really recommend is the reissue of the Arp Odyssey by Korg, which is duophonic. Great synth for genres like Wave and Indutrial.
  2. You may check Rupert's website: http://www.st-freakz.co.uk I've ordered lotsa parts for my STs, STacys and Falcons from him. Seems as if he has most of the items You need in stock.
  3. Long time no post regarding this topic. I am one of the persons from Germany who own an original set of CoC3D disks. Starlord and me have been in contact a while ago (as far as I remember in early 2014). I even know 'the other person from Germany', as I sold this guy my first Falcon 13 years ago and another original copy of CoC3D was part of the deal. I've been ill most of 2014 and had to reorganize my life, therefore I just did not have the time and energy and was forced to fade most of my interests into the background. But now I am back and have good news. As I am into disk imaging and own dedicated hardware, CoC3D already was on my 'to-do-list' for a while. Progress report: - A few days ago I managed to read image files from the original disks. No errors. - Wrote the images to a set of fresh 1.44 MB disks. - Made a fresh installation of CoC3D on my Falcon, using the cloned disks => successfull - Played CoC3D to mission 8. That's the point, besides the annoying password requests during the game, as disk 3 of the original set of disks is requested to continue. The programm accepted the disk I wrote from the image as an original. Besides I am trying to contact one of the developers. If a wrong password is entered two times in a row, a screen shows up with contact info how to order the game. The phone number is still the same ... I talked to his mother and she promised me to pass on my phone-number to her son. Even if the game is what many people may call 'Abandonware', it is still the intellectual property of the creators. Therefore I want to talk to him first. I'll keep You informed. pastglory Edit ... a 'let's play CoC3D video' I recorded a while ago: https://youtu.be/wAvnh6nhElk
  4. ... onwards to the gaming area: - my new setup, using 19" studio racks with pullout rails: - the left rack (N64, V-Saturn, NGCD, DC, PS2, SNES, PSX) - the right rack (Turbo Duo, Duo-RX, NG AES, Mega Drive, Jaguar) - scalers (GBS-8220 based scaler, XRGB-3, Faroudja DVP-1000) and a CD³² - 2-slot MVS, in the background the boxes in which I store controllers, cables, PSUs, etc. - a few pics of the storage area for video games: Incl. PC, Amiga and ST games, which are stored in the other room, there must be ~ 700 games, of which are ~ 370 Shoot 'em Ups. - PC and Amiga workplace: - parts for my third A1200, which is waiting for transplantation into a tower: Workshop and storage area: - where the dirty work is done: - storage for various stuff ... spare parts, etc. - boxes and boxed systems: There would be more I could show, but that's stuff which is not assorted yet, packed into boxes, stored in my kitchen ... magazines, spare parts, etc. So far our little excursion to Mr.PastGlorys' media bunker. I hope it wasn't too boring or disappointing. cya out there, pastglory
  5. Hello there ... friends, romans, atarians ... ... I guess it's time for a huge update. A look into my new studio / computer room ... ... and from another point of view: - PC and Amiga games: May Giorgio be with us ... from here to eternity. That's the CD I always listen to when I clean up this place. - Another workplace: - Atari ST games, ST and Falcon software, Amiga and C64 software, literature and manuals: Atari section: - 800 XL - 260 ST - 520 ST+ - STFM -STE (which will be upgraded soon) -Falcon 030 with Centurbo II expansion, 14 + 32 MB RAM - Falcon 030 with FX-3-in-1 expansion, 4 + 10 MB RAM Music section: - C-LAB Falcon Mk. I (Lynxman 14 MB RAM expansion, coprocessor) and 2 Synthcart optimized VCS with MIDI and S-Video mod - Lotsa interfaces ... C-LAB/Emagic, Soundpool, Steinberg, Portfolio MPF128 MIDI-Interface, Portalog, etc. - Amiga 500 and music software for Atari ST/Falcon, PC and C64 Sections for Commodore and portable Ataris: - 2 x C64 - two more C64s - Amiga 600, Amiga 1200 and Moog Song Producer for C64 - C128-D and 1541s - Commodore Music Maker and SIEL Soundbuggy for C64, one of my PoFos and my beloved STacy 4 - More Portfolio stuff, ST floppydrives and a Steinberg Research Interface for C64 - SM124s
  6. A C-LAB Falcon I got recently. ... and my Synthcart setup ...
  7. Awesome collection You have. I've seen a boxed Multi Mega, very nice.
  8. Frontier Elite II on the Amiga CD³² ... a game you can play until eternity! (If the question would have been console or homecomputer, I would have chosen the Amiga 1200 instead of the CD³²). cya in the depths of space, pastglory
  9. The Commodore 128D. Still have it, it works and I love it.
  10. The 64s with the knobs. The white one (breadbin form, inside a C64II mainboard) and the black one (C64II, sliders instead of knobs). Both had been modified by me years ago for use with Prophet 64, Cynthcart and MSSIAH. The white one had, as already mentioned, a C64 II mainboard, SID2SID with 2x SID 6581R5, 4 x Potentiometers (could be switched off) and a simple noise reduction mod. The label with the serial number said 'Made in W.-Germany', that's why I decided to use this casing. The wood-decor is not a foil, it's made of colour-coatet aluminium in this wood-finish style. I gave it to a friend last year as a present, together with a MSSIAH card and a Cynthcart, so he can have some fun with it. The black one with the C64II case and the sliders is the same mod without SID2SID. I decided to rather build 2 x SammichSID MIDIBox synths because they are more practical, less noisy and need less space. Therefore I needed all SIDs I had, that's why there's no more SID in the black one. It's a 'Made in Hong Kong' C64. The grey C64 (breadbin form) is still original and will never be modified. It's a 'Made in England' C64 with a 8580 SID. By the way the only C64 I own wich cooperates with the Steinberg interface. cya out there, pastglory
  11. Hello there! A new addition to my collection ... a STacy 4. Here's a little video about it, because I just thought there's not much on yt about the STacy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YwHt1s55TI It will be used with Notator in first ... back to the roots. cya out there, pastglory
  12. Back in the late 90s my operational area was a radius of ~50 km around Nuremberg, Germany. In advance I should mention that I do not collect video games only. My collecting activities include video-& computergames/systems, Vinyl-LPs and electronic music instruments (synths, drum-machines, etc.). My sources back in the days were: 1.) Flea markets - every weekend. Always found good stuff back then and most of it really cheap. Today the flea markets are dead, thanks to ebay, since ~2002. That's when I quit going to flea markets. Only good stuff You can sometimes find there today are Vinyl-LPs, if you collect that. The rest there is 99,9 % household waste. 2.) Pawn shops. Before ebay they sold things in the shop. Today, the few pawnshops left, keep the good stuff back to sell it on ebay. 3.) A paper called ALLES, which was all about small, private advertisments. There you could sometimes find real treasures. Once I bought a Neo Geo AES I found there with 5 games for 180 DM (~ 90 $). They guy thought it was broke but it wasn't - his TV did not support 60 Hz. Another great find was a customised Atari Falcon (Tower) I bought from a musician for 200 DM (~ 100 $) - new price for that system was over 4000 DM (~ 2000 $), etc. This paper came out every Friday and Tuesday. So quess who was the first Friday/Tuesday morning to go and buy it And lotsa NTSC US stuff was around, thanks to there were lotsa US-troops here before they closed down many of their bases. 4.) For imports mailorder. But I knew the guy who ran a shop named 'Spielraum' very good and I visited him every Friday. That's where I got all my import games from back then. Today: - Flea markets = household waste. I've been to a few last year - forget it. Didn't even find a VCS, a C-64, a Gameboy or an Amiga, stuff which had once been absolutely common. - Pawn shops - dead - Alles: In print form not interesting anymore. But they run a country wide internet portal today. - Mailorder for Imports ... only few shops still exist and they call ebay prices. 'Spielraum' - closed in 2006. So where do I buy my stuff today. Some things I buy on ebay but most through the 'for sale' sections in forums or from people I know. I really miss those days, especially the flea markets. Planing tours for the weekend which markets to visit and which market may be best to be there as early as possible. Always took a big sports bag with me to the markets. Bought so much stuff and always found 'treasures'. This really gave me a kick back then, I was kinda addicted to that. Best wishes, pastglory
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