[Coladam] adam ddp tones to PC

Steve Pitman swp at cinci.rr.com
Wed Mar 3 04:01:47 CET 2010

I think the Trisyd device was called Megacopy.  I had one but the tapes 
never fully worked for me, it probably didn't like one of my tape drives.  I 
used the Sony HF60 also, they were the only tapes I tried that didn't get 
mangled at the high speed Adam spins them at.

To make my single sided tapes I just copied the audio from one side of a 
"Flippy DDP",  it was a tape where you could use both sides and it had 128k 
on each side.  I believe those were made by Practical Programs.

Ron, did you ask me about compiling Virtual Adam for Mac?  sorry...  I know 
someone asked but I couldn't find the email again. if it was you, I don't 
believe it can be done because it's written in VB .Net.  I don't know much 
about Mac but I don't believe they have .Net on that platform.,

See Ya,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ronald Mitchell" <bytehacker at tallcedarskennels.com>
To: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
Cc: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] adam ddp tones to PC

> Yes, it has been done, but so far as I know, not with a PC.
> Back when the earth was flat and there were dragons at either end,
> circa 1985,  some of us used to make our own digital data packs using
> 60 minute cassette tapes. Not all tape decks were suited to the
> purpose. It was usually best to have a tape deck with double
> cassettes  (one playback, one playback/record) where you had the old
> analog level meters. You had to make sure that the recording level was
> way up in the "red".
> There were some brands of cassette tapes that were better than others.
> Those of us in Ottawa used mostly Sony HF60 cassettes. The process was
> hit and miss, and some had better luck with it than others.
> Then Trisyd Video in Toronto came out with a better way, using a
> device (Can anyone remember the name of it??) that connected to the
> 2nd tape drive on the ADAM, you could format a blank cassette as a
> data pack using one already formatted as a master. The system provided
> for making centre directory data packs or those used for games, which
> as I recall, had the directory at one end or the other.
> It would be interesting to try the method you're suggesting. I see no
> reason other than recording level why it wouldn't work. On my Mac here
> I have a program called Sound Studio, and I can import cassette tapes
> into it and turn the tracks into AIFF files, which can than be
> imported into iTunes. You could then play that onto a blank cassette
> and see if ADAM could read it.
> Worth a try. Almost tempts me to dig my real ADAM out of the workshop.
> Ron Mitchell
> On 2-Mar-10, at 5:40 PM, Joe Blenkle wrote:
>> Has anyone ever recorded the tones on an ADAM DDP to a PC sound
>> file? Would this possibly be a better way to make new blank data
>> packs, playing a pre-recorded sound file off your computer directly
>> into the input of you cassette recorder? Would something like this
>> even be possible?
>> Thanks
>> Joe B.
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