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  • #125250
     Scottacus 
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    Boomerang (Bally 1974)

     

    This table has a few innovations (details below) built into it including:

     

    Accurate spacial sound positioning for playfield objects with stereo or quad playfield speakers

    Score motor based reel resets that exactly simulate a real EM

    Animated spinner drive rod

    Top arch ball hit and rolling sounds

    Apron side drain hit and rolling sounds

    Newly recorded sounds from Tropic Fun and Darling

    PinballY High Score File

     

    As usual for my tables, holding down the left flipper button for a few seconds after loading the table and before game play will bring up the Options Menu. Step through the Options with the left flipper button and select Options with the right flipper button.

     

    The table has A-D targets that when hit light up the A-D rollovers in the captured ball lanes.  If all are lit, the Special lights at the top of the captured ball lanes turn on.  Hitting the targets at the top of the captured balls when the Special Lights are lit awards the Special.  All lights reset with a ball drain.

     

     

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    This table is the first to use new sound Subs with equations that accurately position a table object's sound at its playfield location.  The new sound Subs also provide Constant Power pans and fades.  They are in effect for all of VPX's Preferences / Audio Options.

     

    The table options menu gives you the option of setting up the playfield speakers in one of three configurations:  Stereo front/rear (front playfield sounds come from the front speaker and rear playfield sounds come from the rear speaker), stereo Left/Right and quad Surround Sound.  In desktop mode, the stereo Left/Right configuration is automatically selected.

     

    The table has a score motor routine that calculates the value of every reel and sets them back to zero stepping once for each score motor position in groups of 5.  While this has no bearing on game play, it exactly mimics EM score motor reel resets.  This works in both desktop and cab modes.

     

    The table includes a B2S backglass with: sound1="", sound2="" . . .  sound10="" added to each score reel in the table (open B2S in WordPad and hand edit each) and each reel has the delay set to 0 ms.  This removes all of the reel click sounds created by B2S so that the backglass doesn't make grinding noises when setting reels.  It also removes delays in reel resets induced by the B2S delay settings.

     

    The spinner rod is just too cool, thanks to Bord for the primitives.  Rip the spinner and you'll see what I mean.

     

    The table has a new feature that makes a realistic sound when the ball hits and rolls along the steel top arch of the table.  This is a sound that most EM tables lack and those few that have it, implement it into the plunger fire sound file.  This feature takes into account the ball's position and velocity.

     

    There is also a new apron rolling sound routine to mimic the sound the ball makes as it hits and rolls along the top edge of the apron after a side drain.

     

    New sound files were recorded from my EM's to replace the stock sound files that we all use.  I especially like the "boing" sound from the spring on the plunger fire sound and the dissimilar left and right flipper sounds and buzzes.  If you want to increase or decrease the volume of any sound, just edit the last value in the PlayfieldSound or PlayfieldSoundAB variables.

     

    Lastly, MJR has added EM high score display capabilities to PinBallY.  Boomerang saves a special .pinballyhighscores file that can be read by Pinbally and used to display the game's high scores on the DMD during the front end's selection mode.  I think this is the first EM to take advantage of this functionality?

     

    Thanks to Whirlwind for the awesome sound routines and hours of testing, Bord for the primitives and lighting effects, Editoy for the plastics and TXT11 for testing.

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    #125252
     randr 
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    Looks great and love the options.

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    #125253
     bjschneider93 
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    Looks really good

    #125254
     Scottacus 
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    Thanks, my uncle owned this machine so I played it quite a bit as a kid in the late 70’s through the 80’s.

    Please give me feedback on the new sound system settings.  If you have a cab with under playfield speakers choose the appropriate setting in the options menu (left flipper button hold when in standby mode) and drive the ball around the table using the “c” key along with the arrow buttons to listen to the locations of table objects as well as the rolling ball sounds.  If you play without a cab, don’t worry, the script will choose the appropriate settings automatically.

    #125255
     rothbauerw 
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    Looking forward to checking out the score motor logic!

    Current Project: Perpetual updates of Pinball Magic

    #125256
     bord 
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    Love the top arch sounds and all the sounds in general. Refreshing to hear a new take on EM audio.

    This thing plays and sounds really, really nice. So glad you are here to push the envelope on how these things come to life in VP.

    #125258
     randr 
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    Babysitting grandkids tonight but still loaded up on cab quick for a test and yeah it’s nice! These em tables have never looked better or sounded better. Oh and I turned chimes on first thing ha ha.

    Thanks for another great table for the collection👍🏻

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    #125262
     Scottacus 
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    Thanks guys, please feel free to steal anything that you like from the table.  We all do it and that’s how these tables keep getting better over time.

    #125263
     Tom 
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    :good: Wow.  Looks amazing.  Can’t wait to play.  Thanks

    #125265
     clyde 
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    Excellent Table! Thank You. :good:

    #125274
     CastilianFly 
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    Looks and plays awesome. Great work :good:

    #125276
     TXT11 
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    Thanks for the mention in your credits Scottacus but it was ALL YOUR HARD WORK really !!! :yahoo:   B-)   :bye:

     

    Happy to help the community whenever they want a tester !!! :-)

    #125277
     Drybonz 
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    Thanks, Scottacus… I’ve been looking forward to seeing the finished table.

    #125279
     Jon Osborne 
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    I’m always a sucker for the best sound and now finally a new flagship in EM sound! Thanks for all your hard work. I’m looking forward to trying this out and implementing it into more classic EMs! 😁

    #125281
     Jopp 
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    Looks gorgeous, never seen it in real so looking forward to play it tonight…and the details you described about the sound positioning and all the features…amazing….will have a look (or better said ‘hear’) on that (and drain the ball even quicker then  :yes:

    Thanks!

    My favorite pinball machine?
    Where I can put my name on as G.C....

    #125284
     Genesis38 
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    Absolutely incredible work guys! VPX continues to get better every day with talented people such as yourselves and I am so happy to be part of this truly amazing community and hobby. This table alone, makes me appreciate EM tables so much more  :rose:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work!!

    #125286
     Oldschool4 
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    Thankyou very much Scottacus, love the Spinner sound, I can throw a (real) Boomerang,and  have Kangaroos over the back fence. :yes:

    #125304
     STAT 
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    Thanks, Scottacus … great VPX again from you :good:

    #125318
     JR 
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    Holy cow.  This is stunning.  Thanks Scottacus and crew!

    #125328
     dazzadasha 
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    Cheers from down under, very nice job, excellent, thanks

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