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Article #491 (635 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Pokey Version 0.61 released!  Now with new Sound Support!
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Mon Nov 25 18:35:35 1996

Date: Sun, 08 Sep 1996 08:05:57 GMT
From: (Mike)


Pokey version 0.61 has been released and is up on my web page below.

Whats been added since version 0.60?

More games run.  Ripoff (Analog Magazine) now runs! 

Better 5200 joystick support.

And the main feature that was just added was Sound support when using
the Pokey printer port sound card.  This is a card you can build for
about $18-$25 US dollars (or less) that puts the Pokey sound chip used
in your Atari 800 on a small cicuit board with a few other chips.  It
bascially gives you 100 percent accurate sound emulation of a real
Atari 8-bit.

It has some major pluses.  Some of the obvious being that the sound is
dead nuts on the original.  The emulation is very easy to code, there
is very little CPU overhead involved.  You can plug the output of the
Pokey card right into your Sound Cards Line in.  

The Pokey web page contains the latest version of the Pokey emulator
and an archive with a schematic for the Pokey printer card, part
listings, test program, and programming documentation for other
emulator authors to include in their emulators.  I have been in touch
with other 8-bit Atari emulator authors and almost all seem very
interested in supporting the pokey sound card.

I also have plans to possibly build an internal PC card version that
wont waste your printer slot and will work better with a slower PC. If
you are electronics shy, or would rather have a PC card version, drop
me an email letting me know, and how much you would be willing to pay
for a real etched (no wires) PC board version.  If there is enough
support I will have some made and send out tested Pokey sound cards.
I plan on releasing info for this version to developers also.

So grab the latest copy of Pokey off my page (its free and will always
be free!).  While your there check out the Pokey Sound Card stuff two.
Download those schematics and build yourself a card!  Im having a ball
playing Mule and Archon with actual Atari sound!

Mike Hill

Michael Current, 8-Bit Atari FAQ & Vendor/Developer Lists maintainer
   User groups: CAIN, SPACE, NWPAC /

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