Alright, i'm stuck within choices.
When i started about 8 years ago (i had to look that up, see here for my old blog.. has it really been that long?) there was only a sidV1 and no mb6582 from wilba. I collected parts to be used in a compete CS, all diy wiring, as that was the only option.
Then came the V2 and wilbas awesome mb6582 project with it. I got his base pcb, as i still had my own CS in my head.
Fast forward to now. I'm finally at a point in my life where i can finish this project, as i want this to be done, and start using it. Especially because i've found one of the dutch chiptune communities, eindbaas.
Back to the choice i now face. Do i really want to build my own CS?
Customized to my liking.
Able to use my old stuff i've collected.
Rackmountable if i so desire.
Cheapest solution (excluding my time)
Or do i want to go with wilbas design
Pro looking insides.
Faster to build.
Here are some pics of the stuff i have:
First an overview.
Encoders and knobs.
2x40 and 4x20 Lcds, and row of buttons for the 2x40.
Red leds and ribbon cable.
For me, the most important factors are, usability/functionality, cost, and time spent.
It would probably take me 2 months to design and build my own CS. Excluding any difficult troubleshooting. I may also fail completely.
What would it cost to go for wilbas design?
I would need:
A CS pcb. From smashTV. - unknown
Maybe A lot of buttons. - not much i guess.
A lot of diodes. - not much i think.
A pactec pt-10 - 25 euros
A frontplate - free (i know a guy.)
If i can change the buttons on his design, i may be able to use my the ones i have. Or make the holes bigger and use these.
I'll contact smash for an estimate, so i can make an informed decision.