Spectrum HoloByte

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Spectrum HoloByte
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Founded 1982
Closed 1999
Headquarters Alameda, California, USA

Spectrum HoloByte was an international video game publishing company with offices in Germany, the UK, and a home office in the USA. They were best known for publishing Tetris to home computers in the USA.

Spectrum HoloByte was created by Gilman Louie in 1982 with original headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, but later moved to Alameda, California.

In 1993, Spectrum HoloByte acquired MicroProse and allowed it to continue publishing under its own name, but in 1996, the company merged brands and took on the MicroProse name. In 1998, Hasbro Interactive acquired now-named MicroProse and incorporated it into its video game division and officially closed the Alameda office in 1999. Later, Hasbro sold off its video game division to Infogrames, which later changed names to Atari.


Music Development


Ed Bogas is the only known composer to make Spectrum Holobyte's Amiga music. He wrote the music in Super Studio Session. Kevin Seghetti, a programmer at Spectrum Holobyte, who not only created a program to convert Ed's Studio Session files to the Amiga, but wrote their Amiga sound driver as well. It is unknown who did Super Tetris.


The only two known composers to compose music for DOS at Spectrum Holobyte were Ed Bogas and Paul Mogg. Ed used Super Studio Session for the Macintosh, in which his compositions were converted to DOS. Paul composed his music in Studio Vision Pro for the Macintosh. Later, Paul ended up using the Midpak sound driver for his MIDI files.


Paul Mogg composed Spectrum Holobyte's SNES game Wordtris. David Warhol from Realtime Associates provided a sound driver for Spectrum Holobyte to use.

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