The following steps show how reactivate box technology of the last century to revive those as classic games and applications when we were children, with taste caused by not having to emulate the operation of these old computers.
Something very important is to consider that the mp3 format destroys great information of the audio. Taking this factor into account you should think of using another format's lossless compression, an intermediate between mp3 and wav.
* Atari 600XL, 800XL, 65XE, or 180XE
* Compatible cassette
* two strands parallel cable
* Mono Headphone male connector
* Welding and soldering (electronic tester?)
1. First we seek or make images to cassettes that we used with the cassette deck. On the internet are in CAS format, or you can use a converter for this format. In case our old cassette recording, we can use WAV as intermediate format.
2. We convert CAS images sound WAV files using the file CAS2WAV, the simplest way to converter is dragging on the executable files. We can convert images batch generating some kind of script such as:
3. We convert wave files, to a compressed format supported by your player (MP3), using a program like the powerful Adobe Audition and record them to a disk.
5. With the isolated circuitry, we remove the unnecessary elements (buttons relays), led recording, connection with servo, etc.
Now we remove the central switch (heat exchanger between recording and reading of cassettes) and we carry out a manual bypass with welding, design is basically thus:
7. Finally connect the cable to the points indicated W and B on the corner of the circuit where was the read/write head (the other pair of connectors which was the head, or simply let the header as an appendix attached to avoid the sound of static in waiting times before the load can short-circuit) of the cassette deck:
The "adapter" is finally ready.
Now we simply connect one end to our mp3 player and the other to the Atari and charge big hits like Montezuma's, Donkey Kong Jr., Bruce Lee, Ninja Master, Super Cobra, Amaurote, among others, no errors, no cassettes and all from the same disc compilation:
-Be able to record to "audio" by the device
-Modify the header data of the caset to send data at higher speeds (apparently this is limitation of the Atari for processing audio information, 1.78 mhz!)
Programs and utilities