Atomic A3 Manual – Hints & Tips

  • Adjust your system fully to find the perfect driving position before starting. The Atomic provides extensive adjustment to simulate many different types of vehicle layout, which can greatly enhance the feel of the system when configured properly.
  • Ensure the COG is configured correctly for the control set and user to maximise performance. If many users are to be using the system (e.g. in commercial situations), configure the COG for an average height person for optimum results.
  • Use of a harness does not only provide added safety, but when tightly secured can significantly enhance the motion sensation. This is particularly applicable to highly-dynamic applications such as racing or rallying, where road surface detail typically produces smaller movements, some of which may not be perceived due to the natural shock-absorption of the upper-body with respect to the seat. The Atomic can provide exceptionally fast motion response and use of the harness maximises this benefit.
  • Experiment extensively with your software settings! to fine-tune your ride, in particular force level and pitch/roll movement range. As with any other system, incorrect settings may yield disappointing motion results, but a correctly tuned system can produce an incredible experience. Sometimes less is more – excessive force settings can result in ‘overshoot’ (producing a jittery feeling in flight-type applications), and excessive pitch/roll movement range settings can reduce the response of the system to more subtle feedback such as road surface detail.
  • If you have a TTi unit, ensure your line level input (connected to the Audio IN port on the Atomic) has a strong signal and the volume output on your computer is set to maximum for the best results.
  • If possible, secure your controllers firmly to their mounts using the mounting holes provided.
  • To enhance the feeling of forward acceleration, it is more advisable to tilt the seat inclination / reclination further backwards using the mechanism described in the Seat Adjustment section, rather than offsetting the centre position of the unit in your software. This allows the system to still be able to respond to the greatest range of pitch motion possible for both acceleration and braking. If you are unsure, it is recommended you set the seat inclination / reclination to about halfway for most applications.
  • If you are using force-feedback controllers, use a high force setting – the Atomic gives a substantial amount of force-feedback, so if your usual controller force settings are low they may get a little lost in the experience.
  • For additional immersion and a better perceived motion experience it is highly recommended either headphones or a loud audio system is used.
  • For increased immersion still, use a large 3D ready screen, projector, multi-screen surround or Virtual Reality HMD setup. If possible, remember to switch off the lights!