28
Nov
08

In Other News

I’ve started building a synthesizer.

It’s one of these
http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/wilba_mb_6582
based on Wilba’s amazingly professional designs, and when it’s finished will (fingers crossed) harness the power of no less than 8 commodore 64 SID chips.

My soldering iron is on the blink, at the moment, though, unfortunately, so I’m not making very fast progress.

If anyone’s interested in seeing how I’m getting on, keep an eye on this thread on the uCapps forum:
http://www.midibox.org/forum/index.php?topic=12508.0

I’m no expert on microelectronics, but I’ve done a bit of soldering in the past, and the project is pretty well-documented, so I should be OK.. I hope so, anyway, because I’ve just spent a wedge of money on all the bits!

Here’s some more general info on the project, which has gathered a nice, friendly community around it.
http://www.ucapps.de/
(it’s a frames-based site, which makes bookmarking harder than it should be, but you can get straight to the relevant pages by following the ‘MIDIBox SID V2 Synth’ links on the left). The whole thing has been made possible by the godlike genius of one Thorsten Klose, who developed the MIDIBox platform.

On the off-chance anyone is interested, there’s also a link to a small selection of my musical efforts from the past 10+ years in the links on the right of this blog.

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