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WTB - Atari Flashback 2 mod installation

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Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong sub-forum.

 

I've got a Flashback 2 that I want a cart slot on. Ideally I'd like the configuration where it has the microswitch that grounds out when a cartridge is inserted. It doesn't have to be pretty or anything, just needs to get the job done.

 

I've taken my 2600 to a few live shows I've played, but it's too much of a hassle to get set up, I need to drag along a huge CRT tv and VCR, and the sound isn't that good. I figure the Flashback would be a good alternative, seeing as it emulates 2600 hardware and has a direct audio out, allowing me to plug it directly into a mixer board.

 

What's the going rate on a job like that?

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What do you need a VCR for? There are much simpler ways to hook up an Atari, with a cleaner signal:

 

https://atariage.com/howto/connect.html

 

Rather than paying someone to do a mod, I would suggest that you just get yourself an F-Type adapter (works on any TV with coaxial, so you shouldn't need to pack one of those either), no more than a couple bucks at Radio Shack or wherever.

 

Edit: Didn't notice the bit about the mixing board! But in all honesty, how clear to the beeps and boops need to be?

Edited by MagitekAngel

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What do you need a VCR for? There are much simpler ways to hook up an Atari, with a cleaner signal:

 

https://atariage.com/howto/connect.html

 

Rather than paying someone to do a mod, I would suggest that you just get yourself an F-Type adapter (works on any TV with coaxial, so you shouldn't need to pack one of those either), no more than a couple bucks at Radio Shack or wherever.

 

I've got the adapter and everything, I guess I forgot to mention that I hate taking my only original 2600 on the road with me. Having the smaller unit would be a bit more easy to transport and less prone to breaking down.

 

The reason I took the TV as well as the VCR was so I could get an audio signal with the VCR, bypassing the high pitched whine that comes out of the TV. I'd use just the VCR but Synthcart has a nifty light show mode that I make heavy use of.

 

Plus I just think they look cool.

 

I'd do it myself but my hands are far too shaky and I still haven't progressed past headphone repair.

 

Edit - I'm a horrendous perfectionist when it comes to audio. I finished material for a new album about a year ago but I'm still mastering and getting things just perfect. The way I was running the 2600 through the VCR got the job done, but cut down a whole heck of a lot of treble. I had to boost it on the mixer and it ended up sounding like crap.

 

This is why I haven't used any real hardware in my studio recordings. (Except for the Amiga, but that was just for the speech synthesizer.)

Edited by chupathingy

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I'm not aware of anyone offering to do these right now. There is a group called Electronic Sentimentalities that do custom AV mods (and sell kits). They may do this for you, but I know they would also be happy to mod your 2600.

 

http://electronicsentimentalities.com/

 

AtariAge user "Yurkie" may also be able to help in this area.

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I'm not aware of anyone offering to do these right now. There is a group called Electronic Sentimentalities that do custom AV mods (and sell kits). They may do this for you, but I know they would also be happy to mod your 2600.

 

http://electronicsentimentalities.com/

 

AtariAge user "Yurkie" may also be able to help in this area.

Thanks a million! I'll be sure to check that out.

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