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Iconic sound effects for the original Atari 800?

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I'm working on a video and trying to pick out some sound effects for titles, etc.

 

Closest I have found is the Audio-Visual Self Test sound for the Atari 800XL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXl0VOej2yA

 

Is there an equivalent for the Atari 400/800? - What sound plays in your mind when you think of the system?

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To me, the first sounds from the 800 that come to mind are the keyclicks and the disk noises. Of course, those are true for any of the 8-bits, so probably not a real big help. 

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The robot demo always springs to mind for me, and the white noise when bounty Bob dies 

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A good Star Raiders or Defender battle

Launching in Rescue on Fractalus

anything from Alley Cat

stomach punch from International Karate / World Karate Championship

'Ghostbusters' sample

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Any of the effects from Centipede (especially the dancing spider tune) just scream 'Atari' to me. They are identical to the arcade machine.

 

The sound effects from Star Raiders (photons firing, the little warning tune when a starbase is surrounded or destroyed) are very identifiable at the Atari 800.

 

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Hey! It looks like the notes played in the Atari XL/XE Audio-Visual Self Test are the start of Spelunker (1983).

 

 

 

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The animated intro version is much better (different music)

 

Some of the poly noise sound is fairly unique.  Plenty around.  Koronis Rift, Spelunker (elevator and other), Whirlinerd.

 

The music from some Synapse games.

 

The shared sound effects from the Datasoft platform adventures.

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Not sure if it is Atari 800 specific, but when thinking of the Atari 8 bit, I always think of the intro to The Tail of Beta Lyrae. There is a sound which in my mind sounds like a sea mine dropped from the sky and hitting the ground and exploding in every direction. Jeez it is hard to explain sound effects.

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Found something that fits quite nicely in my video.

 

The intro to the In-Store Demonstration Program: 

 

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First of it's any sound generated by the internal speaker, that's very unique.

 

I guess it also depends on what you were exposed to in the early days before the XL range.

 

For the Pokey sounds, I vaguely remember an early tune was put out, think it was called something like "Amorada".

 

8 hours ago, snicklin said:

I always think of the intro to The Tail of Beta Lyrae.

I was thinking along the same line.

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I love BallBlazer's opening tune.  And +1 for Star Raiders sound effects and the Robot and Ship Atari demo.

 

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6 hours ago, davidcalgary29 said:

For me, the CLOAD and CSAVE aural cues will forever be associated with the 800. 

^ THIS!

 

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16 hours ago, Guy1 said:

Hey! It looks like the notes played in the Atari XL/XE Audio-Visual Self Test are the start of Spelunker (1983).

Oh, that piece is Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.  Dates from about 1874.

 

 

In addition to the above suggestions, I'll also add these two:

 

Pretty much everything (including the music) from Moon Patrol:

 

 

And also in the 'everything plus the music' category, Gyruss:

 

 

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Actually, never mind what I just posted. Most iconic sound of the 800 not generated by the internal speaker: the "Seagull" type-in programme in the owner's manual. First thing I ever typed in, and I was mesmerized by the seagull's cries and the sounds of the "waves" in the background. Cool stuff for an eleven year-old.

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8 hours ago, davidcalgary29 said:

Actually, never mind what I just posted. Most iconic sound of the 800 not generated by the internal speaker: the "Seagull" type-in programme in the owner's manual. First thing I ever typed in, and I was mesmerized by the seagull's cries and the sounds of the "waves" in the background. Cool stuff for an eleven year-old.

I typed this in also - anyone know of the disk that has this basic demo?

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So I am going to go out in left field here, but how about a recording of the closing of the cart door on an 800? Or the sounds of an 810 or 1050 mech both when you first put a disk in, and maybe as it's reading data. All these game sound suggestions are good, but some physical sounds are part of the experience for me.

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12 minutes ago, idavis said:

Or the sounds of an 810 or 1050 mech both when you first put a disk in, and maybe as it's reading data.

Or the crunching as the drive retries to read bad sectors?

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I'm liking the real world physical sound suggestions and there is the keyboard too very subtle but unique to the 800.

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