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    Mystery Electronics! (Episode 1)

    Welcome to another exciting episode of Mystery Electronics! The show where we showcase strange gizmos from decades past... Purchased from junk dealers who, they themselves, have no idea what it is.

    Today's contestant is the Talometer, a Computerised Programmable Taala AIDS by Radel Systems. It has buttons! It has knobs!

    But what is it???

    Bachelor #1 said: "It looks like one of those laugh track generators for tv shows!"
    This person, working at the junk dealership, is likely not a retired professional of the television industry. More than likely, this person watches many television shows. Enchanted by the amount of buttons and lights (especially the one labeled "LAGHU") their only conclusion was that it was used for the complex task of inserting fake laughter in sitcoms of the 80s.

    Bachelor #2 said: "I know what this is! It is a computer programmer!"
    This person, also working at the junk dealership, looked old enough to have graduated from school, but perhaps he should attempt a return trip.

    Behold the wonder and judge for yourself!




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    No research has been done yet. Not going to plug it in because the cord needs to be replaced/exposed wire. No battery cover, no corrosion in the battery compartment. Rectangle shape on the bottom part is a fold-out stand. Also has a speaker on the top. "Bachelor" comments are actual quotes from store employees when asked what it was on checkout. Cost was $6.

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    This could be a great thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kpj View Post
    Sometimes, the customer doesn't always KNOW what's right.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripredacus View Post
    Welcome to another exciting episode of Mystery Electronics!
    IF this is the first episode, then this statement makes no sense.

    Fail.

    Spoiler:
    Im gonna say tone generator as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DNSDies View Post
    I cheated and looked it up.
    It's actually very interesting.
    And it appears it could actually be useful.

    Maybe someone could use this to make techno music.

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    This is some sort of drum machine/synth which has rhythms and sounds according to classical Indian music. Some of them sound quite nice and are really helpful in learning the typical rhythm patterns and signatures. Usually they're set to a certain beat/pattern and then function as an auto-accompany backing system while playing away on drums and other percussion instruments.

    Talometers still get made, btw. The one shown here may be from the 80s or early 90s.

    Would be interesting to sample some loops, dings and dongs from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takumaji View Post
    This is some sort of drum machine/synth which has rhythms and sounds according to classical Indian music. Some of them sound quite nice and are really helpful in learning the typical rhythm patterns and signatures. Usually they're set to a certain beat/pattern and then function as an auto-accompany backing system while playing away on drums and other percussion instruments.

    Talometers still get made, btw. The one shown here may be from the 80s or early 90s.

    Would be interesting to sample some loops, dings and dongs from it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripredacus View Post
    And it appears it could actually be useful.

    Maybe someone could use this to make techno music.




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    Well, the measures/time signatures of Indian music are quite complicated, at least that goes for traditional stuff which these Talometers are loaded with. The single sounds are very nice (bells, brass bowls, Tablas, etc.) but there already are tons of sample libraries for that. Still, I'd love to play around with a Talometer and run it through a few compressors, filters and fx units, guess you could coax some really grungy stuff out of it.

    EDIT:

    Found a video of a Radel Talometer in action:

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    Great show, hope for more episodes.

    This one actually reminded me of the Rhythmicon...

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    For those who complained... Previous episode were not available in your country.

    I will look for previous items that I have purchased, just because and put them in here later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takumaji View Post
    Well, the measures/time signatures of Indian music are quite complicated, at least that goes for traditional stuff which these Talometers are loaded with. The single sounds are very nice (bells, brass bowls, Tablas, etc.) but there already are tons of sample libraries for that. Still, I'd love to play around with a Talometer and run it through a few compressors, filters and fx units, guess you could coax some really grungy stuff out of it.

    EDIT:

    Found a video of a Radel Talometer in action:

    Badass!

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    2 previous items

    Recoton MTS TV Stereo Decoder. A device used to take audio from a mono TV and output to "Stereo" sound.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Takumaji View Post
    Is that a some sort of black jack machine (because of the "hit me" button)?
    Maybe if the LED can be pushed: a "Simon says" thingy?
    Or is there a book/ overlay sheet to decode what the LEDs mean which is missing in the pic?



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    Quote Originally Posted by xsq View Post
    Is that a some sort of black jack machine (because of the "hit me" button)?
    Maybe if the LED can be pushed: a "Simon says" thingy?
    Or is there a book/ overlay sheet to decode what the LEDs mean which is missing in the pic?
    It's an electronic toy called Merlin that I got when I was 9. It came out the year before (1978) and is some sort of early handheld gaming system, you can play Blackjack, Tic Tac Toe and some other games on it. The buttons are foil contacts and a little red LED lights up when you press them, depending on the chosen game. It also has a music function and sequencer that records the button presses and plays them back afterwards. A few years afterwards, I swapped it for one of those handheld LCD games with a friend of mine, you had to control a waiter who had to catch pancakes that a cook threw up in the air with his pan and serve it to a customer sitting at a table. If you dropped too many pancakes, the game was over. The game became very fast over time and my friends and I used to take turns to see who got the most points.
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    We got a new thing coming up soon. No pics right now and I didn't try looking it up yet. On the outside it appears to be a power strip with a music player inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takumaji View Post
    You should offer to buy that Tak and fuck me I HAD ONE OF THESE AS A KID!

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    Hmm yeah I have been thinking I should probably test that Talometer. I actually found a use for the Recoton Stereo Decoder, so that is no longer a mystery (although how the probe works with a mono TV is beyond me. No mono TVs, no probe.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viewpoint View Post
    You should offer to buy that Tak and fuck me I HAD ONE OF THESE AS A KID!
    Merlin was cool, bet it fetches a pretty penny nowadays. I'd love to borrow one to sample some of its crude sinus tones for my music.

    The Christmas I got Merlin my sister got a Simon (Simon Says, it was called Senso over here), you know, the round thing with large blue, yellow, red and green buttons that light up in a sequence you have to input within a certain time frame to advance. Really liked that one, my sis and I played it so frequently that my mother once took the batteries out to get a bit of peace for a few hours...
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    so its not a beta flux capacitor then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takumaji View Post
    Would be interesting to sample some dongs from it.
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