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Author Topic: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!  (Read 9884 times)

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Hi all,


This is Ed from Spain, usual reader of this forum but never posted before. I'm very excited about this being first post and to share the following story with you all.


I travel with frequency to the UK mainly for business, and usually take the opportunity to buy things here and there related to my hobbies. During my last trip to London I took the opportunity to collect a lot of ~100 Amstrad CPC tape games from a very nice guy somewhere north east of London city. 


The lot consisted in a mix of interesting and uninteresting titles, about a quarter of them being incomplete (missing inlays etc..). The games were presented to me in a box which wasnt very convenient for me to carry all around London's public transport  ;) , so placed them in couple of semi transparent supermarket plastic bags and took off to my hotel. As an anecdote, I must admit that while on transit I got a few looks from random people, I guess I was being judged as an odd guy with a ton of old tapes in the year 2014  ;D , nothing you see everyday.


Now, to the interesting part of the story.  Back home and once I had the time to go over the tapes to file them in my inventory list, I came across a set of 4 tapes with no inlays that looked remarkably odd. The tapes contained known Amsoft launch titles and were labeled as "prepod sample" but belonged to a company I never heard of before "Kiltdale Ltd", here's a photo:







Research on the internet returned information about Kiltdale Ltd, apparently this company was one or the largest tape duplication factory dedicated to software. At this point I realized these tapes must had been pre production samples for quality control purposes or something similar. Now, what really called my eyes what the date printed on the tapes:









Eureka! 7th of June 1984. the tapes are dated before the official first launch of the Amstrad CPC 464 in the market, 21st of June 1984. Some testing on the tapes returned positive results, the games are what the label reads and the work, the game is recorded identically on both sides of each tape.


I haven't verified if the games are any different to the ones officially published with the launch of the Amstrad CPC 464, but I will put some more time in comparing them.


Has any of you  seen tapes like this ones before? Do you have any information about Kiltdale Ltd or know anything about pre production sample tapes? Do you have additional information that may help understand the source or nature of the tapes?


Thank you all for reading.


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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #1 on: 18:06, 26 March 14 »
Hi Ed!


This is incredible! (and btw welcome to the forums :D) and, yes, I want to buy those tapes for 1€ each ;-)


I have never seen cassettes like that and I think your assumption that you got your hands on some pre-production samples is just spot on.
Maybe you could record a wav of each of the tapes and post them here so that we can have a load"" in our favourite emulator? :)
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #2 on: 18:20, 26 March 14 »

I will dump them when I have a chance.


Is there a way of doing this with a unmodified 464? Or I need to find a cassette player with an output?



Hi Ed!


This is incredible! (and btw welcome to the forums :D ) and, yes, I want to buy those tapes for 1€ each ;-)


I have never seen cassettes like that and I think your assumption that you got your hands on some pre-production samples is just spot on.
Maybe you could record a wav of each of the tapes and post them here so that we can have a load"" in our favourite emulator? :)

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #3 on: 18:21, 26 March 14 »
Is there a chance that these are original masters, or maybe "pre-production" verification cassettes that were shipped to Amstrad to verify that the tapes were correctly being copied at their cassette reproduction facility?

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #4 on: 18:46, 26 March 14 »
Those tapes should take place into a computer museum like MO5.COM
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #5 on: 19:33, 26 March 14 »
Wow. Just wow.


I think only someone with experience in the duplication or software industry can answer those questions, but wow.


Please do take good care of them and do try dumping them!


Oh, and of course, welcome!

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #6 on: 20:02, 26 March 14 »
I will said... Better to not try to dump them, if you are not familiar with that.
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #7 on: 20:04, 26 March 14 »
Yeah, that's true maybe - there's a risk in handling them...

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #8 on: 20:18, 26 March 14 »
Holy Roland on the ropes! :o
Amazing. They seem to be more of demo samples (pre p'r'od) than master tapes.
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #9 on: 20:40, 26 March 14 »
best make copies them dump them

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #10 on: 05:52, 27 March 14 »
best make copies them dump them


Seconded... Make a backup of them if you still have a working tape to tape device, then try dumping from the backup. :)

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #11 on: 17:26, 15 April 14 »
Any news? :)

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #12 on: 19:36, 25 April 14 »

Hi Gryzor, they are now with a local friend who owns a tape deck and can record them into files. I expect to get them back in a week and a half or so.


Btw, I found a fifth tape, Hunter Killer, same format and sticker from the tape duplication factory.



Any news? :)

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #13 on: 12:35, 26 April 14 »
Hey, thanks for the update man!

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #14 on: 14:50, 30 April 14 »
Hey Ed!


Where in Spain do you live? I'm in Madrid, so if you live nearby, we can always meet and I'll help you preserve those tapes.


Nice find!


Regards,
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #15 on: 22:13, 15 May 14 »
Hi all, apologies for the waiting but here they are:


WeTransfer


I happened to have a fifth tape (Hunter Killer) which is also included in the download above. The download will stay live until May 22nd.


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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #16 on: 19:01, 17 May 14 »
What?? No more Likes?

Downloading right away... thanks so much man :)

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #17 on: 20:02, 17 May 14 »
I have downloaded the files

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #18 on: 09:58, 18 May 14 »
Looking forward to hearing from the experts about any differences.

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #19 on: 00:44, 28 May 14 »
I missed the download link, are they up anywhere else?
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #20 on: 02:11, 02 June 14 »
I converted the tapes to CDT...

Cubit and Punchy only work on a CPC 464 without AMSDOS rom! (And without any other expansion roms, I think)

Here are the files:


When you put your ear on a hot stove, you can smell how stupid you are ...

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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #21 on: 13:24, 02 June 14 »
What?? No more Likes?


It's interesting stuff and also interesting to compare how these tapes compare to the final product & if there's any difference, however I haven't been able to download the CDTs until now.


Personally though I've been sourcing out what Amstrad programs the public were sending to magazines in 1984, programs just waiting to be typed in, after lying dormant after so many years.  :D
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #22 on: 16:54, 02 June 14 »
Thanks, @Devilmarkus , great work!!! Going to upload them to the Downloads section... :)


EDIT: here: http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=dldir;sa=details;lid=3930
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Re: Amstrad 464 pre official release tapes found!!!
« Reply #23 on: 11:48, 03 June 14 »


It's interesting stuff and also interesting to compare how these tapes compare to the final product & if there's any difference, however I haven't been able to download the CDTs until now.


I had a go at Haunted Hedges and didn't notice any noticeable difference, even the corrupt Game Over message was on the distributed edition.  :D
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