“ Despite the Oric 1 keyboard calculator, the great graphics and sound made me choose this machine...
A bit before receiving my order I was informed that the oric 1 was no longer for sale and would be replaced by the oric 2. I didnt know what I had bought! And I was surprised when I discovered that my gift was called atmos, and had a real keyboard.

For me this machine means freedom creation. With other one that could be 'this thing authorized and this other one is prohibited because too complicated for you, because you are just a primary schoolboy'. the contents of oric Handbook means 'I explains to you gently in the beginning, after it will go faster, and in the end, does what you want with, you are the boss' ”

  Cumulus Preorders
Sat 23rd November 2013
It is finally happening! Cumulus is entering production phase!

What is Cumulus, and why we are producing it:

A significant number of people own Oric computers, but due to the lack of availability of Disk Drive units, most have to use emulators in order to watch floppy based software.

It is true that back in the days there was not a lot of available software on disk, but this is not the case anymore, and having a disk unit gives access to a significant number of software, such as the hundreds of CEO discs compilations, most of Twilighte's tools, games (suchs as Space 1999, Pulsoids, 1337, Murder on the Atlantic), demos (Barbitoric, Buggy Boy, Quintessential, ...), sound compilations, slideshows, etc...

Some people have been trying to find alternative solutions, such as using the HxC floppy emulator to replace aging and difficult to source 3" disk drives, but unfortunately this does not solve the main problem: Finding controller boards is very difficult and build new ones requires hard to find components.

The best solution so far, is Cumulus.

Originally designed by Retromaster1 the project was unfortunately stopped in its tracks for various reasons, but he gave us all the design documents so somebody else could try to get the project alive and kicking.2

Fortunately, Boris Kaminski (aka Metadata) took over, downloaded the design documents, and managed to build his own Cumulus3. And he is ok to produce a batch of Cumulus for all of us, at what I think is a pretty reasonable price considering how a 'must have' this product is.

Cumulus specifications:
  • it is a modern reimplementation of the Oric Microdisc disk unit
  • it is fully compatible with it (it was tested with the existing games and demos)
  • the virtual floppies format used is the standard DSK format supported by all the Oric emulators
  • the usage is simple, thanks to a menu based system using a color screen and some selection buttons allowing you to select the floppies you want to run
  • it has a nice black and red casing (3d printed) so nicely fit with the design of your Oric Atmos

If you are interested, please go the official Cumulus Preorder Thread and add a post stating how many devices you want to buy!

1. You can visit his blog at http://retromaster.wordpress.com
2. The design documents are hosted on the Defence Force SVN repository
3. You can read - in German - on his blog

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2002 - Defence Force group

“Another dose of great graphics, sounds and ideas. After some of the dreadful Oric software we have seen over the years, you just won't believe what you are seeing (and hearing) your Oric do when you load this one up!”

“If only this demo was available back in the 80's Oric would have become what it was deserving, the all times best-seller home-computer.”

“When I buy my Oric1 (in 1983 and still working!) in Italy there isn't Oric software in Rome's shop..Sigh! So, when I spent lot of time typing my machine code games/demo, I've dream things like this VIP4 DEMO run on my prefer microcomputer (I was 12 years old at the time) and NOW this kind of amazing Oric's capabilities ARE a reality!! This demo is AWESOME!”