Atari Icon: From Pong to Poing.
After Warner sold of the the Consumer Electronics and Home Computer divisions of Atari to Tramel Technology LTD, it introduced the Atari 520 ST. It was this computer that would possibly cause one of the more enduring — and surprising — cultural offshoots. As a last minute decision, Atari added MIDI ports to the ST, which had never been done on a computer before. They also wired them right into the main processor (instead of using a parallel bus, for example), which made them extremely effective. Accidentally, the rm had just created a powerful and, more importantly, affordable home music computer. To put this in perspective, the Fair- light CMI Sampling Synthesizer, used by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock (search YouTube to see the latter using one on Sesame Street), cost tens of thousands of dollars.