"I never spit in your drink - why do you smoke in my air?"
SOME SHORT IMPRESSIONS OF A VISIT TO BMI
by Richard Karsmakers
"BMI? BMI? What in all the Netherhells might BMI be?" I hear you
ask, befuddled mightily (or at least somewhat).
BMI is the Dutch wholesales organisation for musical instruments
that is the exclusive distributor of a variety of musical
appliances. There are Hamer guitars, for example, as well as
Crate amps, Ovation guitars, and a variety of basses. Among
these, well, regular musical instruments they are also the
distributor of the new C-Lab Falcon MK II. In order to check out
possible "Ultimate Virus Killer" incompatibilities and the like I
contacted them and asked if perhaps I could have an hour or two
on one of their systems to do whatever needed to be done to adapt
whatever software I am developing to run on the machine. That
proved to be not much of a problem, so on a late summer day in
September I went there.
I was received by Igor Ristenputt, their PR person, and put
behind a Falcon Mk. II. I was a bit disappointed when I noticed
there was actually not much new about it. It had a bigger disk
drive (SCSI instead of IDE, 514 Mb, quite fast (1324.4 Kb/sec)),
no Atari logo above the numeric keypad (of course), a line level
stereo input/output and an AUTO folder program that was necessary
for something or other. That's all. Other than that, people, it's
the same, only more expensive. It can be quite disheartening to
see the death of the Falcon so blatantly.
I tested my "Ultimate Virus Killer" source code as well as the
ST NEWS stuff I had brought with me. Nothing much showed to be a
problem. Even the system status screen addresses were the same in
the "Ultimate Virus Killer". Well, what do you expect with a non-
modified TOS 4.04 in it?
I think you can expect literally every single item of software
that runs on the Falcon with TOS 4.04 to run on the Falcons Mk. I
& II, possibly with the exception of certain sound digitising
software (what with there being a different audio in/out). Even
so, even those might work.
Igor told me something hopeful, however. Well...hopeful might be
too optimistic a label.
Somewhere in the middle of next year, C-Lab will release the
Falcon Mk. III. He was really reluctant to tell me more about it,
because not much was certain yet. Maybe he was trying to avoid
the Atari stigma of "promises without reality", I don't know. He
did tell me that the Mk. III will have two DSPs, possible also
ones that are faster than the one currently in the Falcon. Apart
from that, there was only one thing he could claim with
certitude: It would be a lot more expensive. The way he looked
seemed to indicate something in the 5000 - 6000 Dutch guilders
price range, though of course this is my own interpretation of
his body language and might therefore be wildly inaccurate.
So keep your eyes peeled for press info on the Mk. III, if
you're interested. I hope they will at that time also have
replaced the packaging. The current Falcon Mk. I & II machines
are still sold in standard Atari boxes.
The Dutch prices for all this jolly nice Falcon MK I/II gear in
Dutch guilders are as follows.
C-Lab Falcon MK I with 4 Mb of RAM f 1950,--
C-Lab Falcon MK I with 4 Mb of RAM and 170 Mb IDE HD f 2330,--
C-Lab Falcon MK I with 14 Mb of RAM f 3395,--
C-Lab Falcon MK I with 14 Mb of RAM and 170 Mb IDE HD f 3775,--
C-Lab Falcon MK II with 4 Mb of RAM and 514 Mb SCSI HD f 3650,--
C-Lab Falcon MK II with 14 Mb of RAM and 514 Mb SCSI HD f 5095,--
C-Lab SCSI HD upgrade f 1450,--
C-Lab 14 Mb memory f 1650,--
C-Lab Falcon IDE HD 170 Mb f 379,--
C-Lab Syquest SQ 3270S XT f 1265,--
C-Lab Syquest SQ 327 cartridge f 178,--
C-Lab VGA adaptor f 59,--
Thanks to Igor at BMI for the support!
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