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Iconic sound effects for the original Atari 800?

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50 minutes ago, IndusGT said:

Night mission pinball, in an 800 sound comes from the built in speaker, really cool

Scared me the first time I played it, as I had the volume on my TV all the way down!

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Hi,  

 

   I guess I am seconding a lot of previous posts, but I would go for the beep when holding down Start on bootup (and possibly sound of tape blocks loading), drive head movement noise when a 1050 is powered up (not sure about 810), disk drive bad sector grinding noise when a sector is re-read, and sound of regular SIO disk transfer, but also high speed xfer sound on a US Doubler, or similar (beep-beep-beep brrrrrrrrrrrrrh).

 

   Also the very funky bassline on BallBlazer, quite a lot of the sounds from Bandits (and Star Raiders and Centipede), the sound of a humanoid being picked up by an alien in Dropzone, music and sound effects from Shamus, Preppie theme, and keyboard speaker effects on Bug Attack! Some of the sound effects from Missile Command are iconic, Encounter also has some great sound effects, the Kleptangle approaching in Wayout. The sounds of enemy knights materializing at the start of a Joust level (and some of the other Joust sound effects). Not forgetting the digitized voices in Ghostbusters, or the surprise in Rescue on Fractalus.

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1 hour ago, E474 said:

I guess I am seconding a lot of previous posts, but I would go for the beep when holding down Start on bootup (and possibly sound of tape blocks loading), drive head movement noise when a 1050 is powered up (not sure about 810), disk drive bad sector grinding noise when a sector is re-read, and sound of regular SIO disk transfer, but also high speed xfer sound on a US Doubler, or similar (beep-beep-beep brrrrrrrrrrrrrh).

 

What, no love for the Atari Fart?  😀

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Those NASTY little chompie things in Xenophobe. Squat down and get on their level b4 firing is best.

 

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What about the disk loading beeps? A non-bootable disk does a good beep beep beep pause beep beep beep pause ad infinitum. Or the sound of the cart door opening.

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Cassette loading, then 5 minutes in, that awful gurgling squeal and you know it's failed (start all over again)  :(

 

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8 hours ago, TGB1718 said:

Cassette loading, then 5 minutes in, that awful gurgling squeal and you know it's failed (start all over again) 

And then the sound of the cassette tape smacking the wall (minus the curse words of course). 😖  😏

 

OK maybe not, but seriously the disk drive, cassette player and cartridge door clunky mechanical sounds along with the all the beeps are what I remembered most about the Atari 800 hardware before I pulled it out of storage last spring after many years in storage.

 

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The firing sound in Dropzone on the Atari 800 is iconic IMO, makes the game so much more enjoyable.

 

Although it's obviously very Defender-esque if you compare the sound effect from the arcade, the c64 version firing sound pales in comparison.

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8 hours ago, shoestring said:

The firing sound in Dropzone on the Atari 800 is iconic

and the explosion on death :)

 

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From my Atari BASIC days:

 

10 FOR I=0 TO 255:SOUND 0,I,10,8:NEXT I

20 FOR I=255 TO 0 STEP -1:SOUND 0,I,10,8:NEXT I

 

Iconic in many Atari BASIC games!

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On 10/7/2020 at 9:08 AM, TGB1718 said:

Cassette loading, then 5 minutes in, that awful gurgling squeal and you know it's failed (start all over again)

I can't remember that sound?   Maybe my brain has blocked the memory for being too traumatic :)

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