Atari Falcon 030 | Nostalgia Nerd

The Atari ST, STE and even Atari TT may have been decent machines, but the Atari Falcon was a new breed. Destined to be a new line of Atari computers. Unfortunately, fate would not be kind to the Falcon, and although revered among fans, most people are blissfully unaware the Atari Falcon even existed.

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References;
http://atari-home.de
http://www.atarimania.com/
http://www.archive.org
https://www.youtube.com/user/LairdOfForsyth

Martin Brennan/John Mathieson Atari Jaguar: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=23603&sid=7cd52d1160c24868c0d54a3610947046&start=25
Atari Jaguar Richard Miller Management, development, etc: https://www.atarimax.com/freenet/freenet_material/12.AtariLibrary/3.TimeCapsule/showarticle.php?318
Discussion on Sparrow/Falcon: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=31106
Discussion RE: Falcon Designer: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=23603&sid=7cd52d1160c24868c0d54a3610947046&start=25
Falcon Production Numbers: https://www.atarimax.com/freenet/freenet_material/6.16and32-BitComputersSupportArea/8.OnlineMagazines/showarticle.php?360
Dwindling ST figures – ST Format issue041
ST Book – STF031
MultiTos/TTAdvert – STF035
Developers thoughts – STF037
Falcon on TV – STF043
ST vs Amiga1200 – STF042
STFM Price Drop – STF046
Falcon Special – STF053
Jag Launch – STF054
Multimedia Future – STF041
Falcon Support over – STF059
DusselDorf Demos – https://demozoo.org/parties/1531/
Jaguar Computer/Super TT – ST User 70
Adios Amiga – ST User 70
Falcon Launch – ST Format 39
Falcon040 Details – STF041

Atari Sparrow Boards – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Atari-Prototype-Sparrow-Motherboard-Rev2-/302693637722
Atari ST Monitor – https://thelatenightsession.com/2017/06/21/checking-out-the-atari-sts-power-pack/

Footage;
Richard Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CMNFo8zIEM (scartier215)
Dusseldorf 1992 -ftp://fujiology.untergrund.net/users/ltk_tscc/fujiology/PARTIES/1992/ATARIM92/
Atari Helios – Rene de Bie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuxGlnbllmI

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50 Comments

  1. TooSwoss on December 26, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Your MegaBoss Melodic voice Always sends me back to my uncles kitchen the first time I ever saw my first computer. A spanking new comador 64. I could never thank you enough every single time you post a video my friend. You are amazing

  2. Paulie Jay on December 26, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    12:31 – "20% down on the previous year". Erm, you may want to check your maths. That is a drop of nearly 60%.

  3. Peter Hurst on December 26, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Would love to know if you could get Spectre GCR running on the falcon. I miss my ST.

  4. rochr4 on December 26, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    What a dirty times, corpo schils breathing down your neck, pushing lies down on you with colorful magazines of bullshit, I feel so exploited)

  5. Magnus Inventum on December 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    The Lynx was such an amazing machine…the Jaguar? Shows that powerful specifications without proper resources and libraries for developers equates to simple 16 bit ports. This was truly a shame. The Falcon? A mystery machine that I wanted back in the day, but also a piece of kit with very little software, sadly.

  6. axs203 on December 26, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Seeing Cubase Audio running was an amazing thing

  7. Old Liquid on December 26, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    I wish there was Falcon 040 PC case.

  8. Achim Steigert on December 26, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I seriously miss my Falcon030. :'(

  9. Michael Brinkhues on December 26, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    At that time Atari was fond of shooting itself in the knee. With a gatling gun. Ie showing the TT/X unix maschine and hinting at "IT studend price level" and then not selling it. Had a chance to stress test one at IIRC the last Atari show in germany – beautiful and rugged box with a System V.4 Unix

  10. The Furthest Man From Home on December 26, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Atari paid the price for opting to have the Falcon manufactured in the Far East, where it was far cheaper than the USA, the first and second batches of Falcons off the production lines failed Q. A tests which held back distribution by almost 12 months.

    It later turned out that the Q. A testing equipment itself was faulty

  11. Swifty Chap on December 26, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Brilliant vid ! Always wanted a Falcon… And still do !

  12. В С on December 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Yes, one of the best ever made!!! Atari forever!!!

  13. The Furthest Man From Home on December 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    BLOODHOUSE (Stardust) speaking at the time about the Falcon:

    There’s nothing wrong with the hardware, although it should of been more powerful.. The major problem is Atari itself, they don’t seem to want the Falcon to succeed.

  14. The Furthest Man From Home on December 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Story of Space Junk, a planned Falcon showcase game.

    https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/2020/07/space-junk/

  15. Jenny Tokumei on December 26, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Did I just hear you say that an Atari is one of the greatest computers ever made? Don’t make me reignite the Amiga/Atari platform war!

  16. Rob on December 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Between 1985 and 1992 I was a big Atari fan, I had several ST machines from the first one released in 1985.
    I even went to that German event in 1992 that was shown in the video! (which was a several hundred km drive)
    But I got really fed up with the ever recurring "announcements" of new machines that never appeared or were delayed.
    I was looking at TT because it promised Unix but it was delayed and delayed and delayed….
    End of 1992 I heard of the all-new Linux system and I assembled a 486-based PC system, something I was never interested in before because of MSDOS.
    And I never went back to proprietary systems. Atari should have done more to support e.g. Linux instead of TOS and make themselves less dependent on software.

  17. Jason Trenkler on December 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Great story, thank you! I love your content

  18. IraQNid on December 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Cool little machine. I love(d) using FractInt to explore fractals so when I saw this software running on these types of computers it became more interesting. To me though at the time Atari was never a real computer. It was always a game console. I would have been a fanboy of either Sinclair PCs, some Amiga PCs, or IBM PCs. That is what my friends and I were into.

  19. Paul Gray on December 26, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Lived the era, drooled like many over the Falcon, but was too much too late, didn’t traction in your shops and the price etc, just pushed it into the fantasy land for many. My geek out got played out with Psions and like many. Yet to play with one, and perhaps one day as on my bucket list.

    Still recall the upgrading a 512 ST to 1Meg by doubling the RAM chips – solder another chip onto the top, stil these days seems mad and I’m sure saw many think they could add another cpu on top and other madness.

    One of my favorite times of that era was multi-player multi-machine games. Midi Maze, amazing fun. Then Falcon via RS232 linked to friends Atari ST – great fun – more so if you read the manual and saw the plan had a higher flight ceiling than the missiles and I’d climb, shoot at friend who was below me and he’d shoot, my missiles would fall and hit him and his would fail to even reach me. Schooled him for over a month with that trick until you finally caught on and then it took his son to work it out. Fun times indeed.

    Back then the graphics left much to your imagination and allowed it to grow, today is all curated imagination graphicly.

  20. Billy Batson on December 26, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Are you aware of (http://firebee.org/fb-bin/index?lng=EN) firebee and other modern day clones? Would love to see a video on those.

  21. ludocrat on December 26, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    The last home computer me and my brother ever bought was the A1200 – an upgrade to our venerable A500. I vaguely remember the Falcon at the time, but Atari was so far off the radar by then that we just never even contemplated getting one. A mate of mine, whose dad was a computer scientist and therefore an "early adopter" I guess, got an ST way before Amiga was around, and a very young me (I must have been about 13 in 1986) was totally blown away by it (especially when it sang "Starglider – from Rainbird" – I’ll never forget that!). But two years later, when we got the A500, the ST really did seem like old hat. Amiga seemed like a next gen upgrade, even to the 1040ST, which was still just an ST to a 16 year-old.
    I don’t think Atari ever recovered from that as a home computer brand no matter what they produced.

  22. RokkitGrrl on December 26, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Nobody wants to talk about how Tobey Maguire was ahead of the toilet-gaming curve in that Lynx commercial?

  23. Richard Interplain on December 26, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Over priced, no software, no advertisement. Overall a great machine used one in the day.

  24. Nostalgia Nerd on December 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I thought I’d try out this new PREMIERE feature. I think the general gist of it is, we all get to watch it together, with chat. Isn’t that cosy?

  25. bella kintgen on December 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    MiNT Operating System, Ey? I Met It’s Breath Sure Smells Good!

  26. Marshall Gillis on December 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    If I’m understanding Atari right in the 90s, they had some if not the best of the best machines in every sector they developed, but they went bankrupt in their marketing, gambles, and in internal strife with which Atari branch would decide the direction

  27. Agent VX on December 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    25:16 "This feels like a massive waste of Falcon power."
    Unfalconbelievable.

  28. seb clot on December 26, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    As I recall, all the resolutions, even the old ST modes, would run on a VGA monitor at the time. The monitor frequency range must have been different for the monitors of that era.

  29. Fernando Martinez on December 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I saw 1040ST early 1986. Complete with monitor, 2nd FDD, etc. It was (still is) an AMAZING computer.

  30. Mathew Jenkins on December 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    In the 80’s working class people had spectrums, weirdos had amstrads, rich people had commodore 64’s. I think I only ever met one kid who actually had an Amiga.

  31. SeaJay Oceans on December 26, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    nice ending … static . . . ATARI : Signal Lost . . .

  32. Darth Schlub on December 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    It was up to the Lynx and the ST to carry the brand. I think i see where this is going.

  33. The Furthest Man From Home on December 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Kelly Summer, Commodore UK, described the Falcon as being,far too expensive at £519-£999 and how Atari could claim it was superior to the Amiga 1200 was beyond him.

    The only advantage the Falcon had was the DSP chip and it’s appeal was extremely limited.

    Commodore had looked at putting a DSP Chip into the 1200, but it just wasn’t worth it.

    The Falcon wasn’t moving nor was it a serious rival to the A1200, nor would it ever be one.

  34. Pete Eddy on December 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Jack Tramiel drove the company into the ground.
    Shelved the 7800 until after the NES came out.
    Because he wanted to be a “serious” computer company.
    Screwed up the deal to buy the rights to Amiga.
    Screwed up the deal to sell the NES in the US.
    Completely failed to gain any momentum for the ST series in the US.
    Most hardware was just rehashed versions of existing products.
    Marketing failure for the lynx & Jaguar.
    Upgrades for the computers were always too little too late.
    Was so focused on getting back at Commodore that he ignored his biggest threats which were PCs and Apple.

    Such a shame.

    I remember when each of the machines came out, and was always bewildered at choices they made.
    This would have been amazing 3-5 years earlier. And that was the typical problem during the Tramiel era.

    I loved Atari, and have multiple 800s, 800xl, st and Ste and it just makes me so sad when I think of all the screw ups!

  35. Constant Disappointment on December 26, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    "The same number of lives" – when I got my STE with the Discovery Xtra pack, it had 9 Lives
    lolololol

  36. iggytse on December 26, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I didn’t realise Atari made computers. I remember commodores were the home computer of choice. When I started university in 1992 my 386 system was $3000. Now you can get cheap laptops for a few hundred.

  37. diecast jam on December 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Ahh Atari UK wanted a light-hearted approach, but those steely eyed Germans wanted a serious approach, a microcosm of a million stereotyped war film, the plucky Brit full of jokes, and his advisory all Teutonic seriousness. Before anyone comments I am half English half German so jog on mein herr.

  38. Fernando Martinez on December 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    nice BENQ monitor

  39. Nicholas Korner on December 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Atari spent the rest of their lives trying to regain the top spot they had with the 2600… Its a shame they failed…. The video game and computer industry owes alot to one of the original trailblazers…

  40. EvoluZion3 on December 26, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    What’s the demo at 24:30? Love the music!

  41. Sven Bornemark on December 26, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    You sadly forgot to mention the amazing Cubase Audio software, which gave us musicians tons of MIDI and 16 track, 16-bit audio capabilities. I produced a ton of songs on my Falcon. Other than that, an excellent video! 🙂

  42. Patrick Mullen on December 26, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Love your videos

  43. Dr Q on December 26, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    17:24 it’s a fucking PS 2, is it?

  44. Rob F on December 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Falcon came too late, when people changed to Mac. The Atari company did suicide by the Jaguar 64 bit console, mostly unknown – also by Nintendo, who did the same mistake, to sell a 64 bit console and there are no 64 bit games. But Nintendo was strong enough to survive, Atari died, the name survived.

  45. HHRD on December 26, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Manjaro user?

  46. Alejandro Bitran on December 26, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    I remember spending more than US$12,000 in 1994 on my first Atari Falcon030 bought it from UK, with a big case, including a Toshiba CD-ROM 14MB Ram, 500MB HD, and a backup unit, the card to emulate pc/dos and a card to accelerate the Falcon and a bunch of software, including Lattice C.

  47. Mojo Jomo on December 26, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I bought a Falcon second-hand around 96-97, having had an STE as my ‘main’ computer up till then – still have both. There’s a dichotomy of sorts regarding the Falcon. Powerful, sure, compared to the STE, but in reality it struggles to play mp3 files. Its much heralded DSP never got exploited to any real extent.

  48. The Furthest Man From Home on December 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    October 1992:Sam Tramiel boasting you’d see the best PC games appearing on Falcon, only now with true colour and speed

  49. Deniz Turkmen on December 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Wow Atari finally built an Amiga killer just to kill it themselves. I owned Amiga but I heard of this mythical Falcon that can do 32 channel audio in 16 bits. What a waste 😒

  50. ᅚᅚQix on December 26, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Sony also bought the molds of the microbox off Atari.

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