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About Arkay

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  1. Thanks for looking but in the end I cut a piece of clear plastic to size and glued it on the back of the panel. End effect is pretty much as good as the window anyway. Finished result:  
  2. One MB-6582, One Power Supply: a Tutorial

    Not sure if this will help anyone but I recently made this mod to my mb6582 which worked brilliantly and is in my opinion the best option for powering the machine. I already had the switching vreg from back when altitude created the original post (thanks!). I had a couple of options for getting the 12v supply into the machine: 1. Put a c64 male power plug onto the end of a wall wart.  This restricted me to a single (untested) supply that had to have the plug cut off and would create difficulties if I ever sold the machine, particularly over seas. 2. Put a barrel jack into the mb6582.  Best option, but seemed too difficult given the mounting options and panel cutout is for the full size c64 jack. In the end I went with a third simple option and created an adaptor to convert any general wall wart into a usable supply.  Pics included.  I ended up using a wall wart from a Western Digital external drive to power the mb6582. This was an easy solution and cheap to make, and required no additional mods to the mb6582 or panel.  The risk of course is someone plugging in a real c64 supply without the adaptor but no one will ever use it but me anyway. If I ever pass it on it'll come with a warning to always use the adaptor with a centre pin +ve 12v 1.5+a supply. Not sure what the effect would be if a c64 supply was plugged in directly but it may even be harmless. The adaptor only requires the +/- female barrel jack to be wired to the correct pins on the c64 male jack.  Easy enough to figure out. I can't remember the exact pins off the top of my head but it'll be obvious when completing the mod. Get the plugs as close together as possible and heat shrink the lot and you're done. Cheers, Arkay. Wall wart female plug: To c64 male plug: bit of heat shrink completes the adaptor:
  3. Hi All, Hoping someone might have a perspex or glass window for the Wilba style MB6582 lying around unused.  I'm finishing up a second machine from long ago and the window really adds a pro look to the build.  I have one in my original MB6582 and it looks great so I'd really like to finish this unit the same way. Please let me know if you still have one and we can sort out paypal etc. Thanks. Cheers, Rick.  
  4. +4 from me, to round out a full set of beer goggles  :w00t:  :hyper:  :geek:  :frantics:  :D   Thanks for all the awesomeness this site provides and the undying efforts of T.K keeping it all running and ticking over with endless improvements. Also a hat tip to Wilba, Hawkeye and the many many frequent and infrequent contributors that make this site so awesome.  Merry Christmas to all! :smile:   @borfo, great idea for a thread ;)   Cheers,   Arkay.
  5. Sweet :)  Lovin' the Trance.
  6. Problems with uploading MIOS studio

    I run GNU/Linux and have no problems with a variety of midi equipment.  Including a Roland UM-1X.  Sounds to me that it's the UM-1G and/or the cheap generic interface that is likely the culprit.  Did you checksum the downloaded firmware before flashing?  Maybe you had a bad download?   Cheers,   Arkay.
  7. How 2 play chords

    Awesome work T.K!  The quantity and quality of your work amazes me :)   Cheers,   Arkay.
  8. Lasercut Acrylic Case+ Frontpanel for SEQv4

    MaG2k, Glad you found a workaround with the software. It's an odd one. I can't help with your other questions though. Smokestackproductions conversion just worked for me after a short learning curve in the software to add the extra midi ports and move the SD slot. But I really know little to nothing about designing something like this from scratch in CAD software. This case was my first foray into laser cutting at all. I can see why it becomes addictive though :D Good luck with the case! Cheers, Arkay.
  9. Lasercut Acrylic Case+ Frontpanel for SEQv4

    MaG2k, Not sure what is happening with your inkscape but I can confirm that I used those files in inkscape (on Linux not that it should matter which OS you use), and modified the original to suit before sending off to Ponoko. Everything worked fine when I did it so I'm wondering if there is some setting or oddity in the way inkscape is opening the file? Defaulting to the wrong units of measurement or something? I can't exactly remember now if I used the original files in post 1 or the modified files that flip posted in post #18. Have you tried opening flips in inkscape to see if they exhibit the same issues? If they do then there's something off with the software as it all can work fine with inkscape and either one or both sets of files. I can check on my work laptop next time I'm there to see if I still have the modified files if that will help? Cheers, Arkay.
  10. How 2 play chords

    +1 for more tutorials. I'd love to see some too. The v4 is so powerful and everyone could benefit from such detailed documentation. Even better would be a user posted tutorial forum where questions on technique could be answered by other members, preferably in video format. Members need to be willing though. If I felt confident enough I'd have a go, but sadly I don't. Would be awesome if an instructional video library from the simple to the complex could be built up! The original videos from TK inspired me to build the v4 and the other videos I've found of the v3 in use have been very inspiring and useful. Just not enough of them :) Cheers, Arkay.
  11. FS: Cheap MBSEQ desktop panel (1-off)

    That's looks awesome. Nice one :) What center knob do you have on there?
  12. MBSEQ CC/Velocity Automation Question

    T.K.   I did find the ability to change the function of the datawheel today while I was messing with the new functionality!   Happy to go with your suggestion above and thanks for the effort and the mods :)   Cheers,   Arkay.
  13. MBSEQ CC/Velocity Automation Question

    T.K.   Yep.  All fixed.  Thanks!   One final suggestion.  At present after you set the the active step the only way to get to another inactive step is via ff/rew.  It seems a little unintuitive that you can't scroll to the final step with the datawheel and then adjust it's value with it's specific encoder.   Just wondering if this might make more sense:   1. scroll to the step you wish to be the active step, denoted by > <  (all button currently off) 2. turn all on (locking in active step) 3. scroll to the final position via datawheel or ff/rew 4. adjust value with encoder (triggering ramp between active step and inactive step being modified). 5. turn all off to complete.   That way you can still scroll around the pattern with the datawheel without changing the selected active step.   Would this have any unwanted side effects with the all function itself?   Cheers,   Arkay.
  14. MBSEQ CC/Velocity Automation Question

    Just tried it out.  That's awesome and so quick to edit what I needed to do.  Implementation is obvious and works really well.     e.g. for those reading the thread if say you want to sweep to a midpoint in a pattern you can set the active step to 64 (midpoint of a 128 step pattern), then set step 0 and 128 to a value of 0 and you've got a perfect 0-128-0 ramp peaking in the middle of the pattern.   A 32 beat drumroll is as simple as selecting step 0, velocity 0, hitting "all", then changing step 32 to 100.   I think I found a bug though.   With the all button depressed if you scroll from position one through to position 17 and greater using the main encoder the display doesn't switch to the next set of 16 steps unless you hit the ff button to force the jump. i.e. if you use the main encoder to scroll through a display boundary the display isn't following the step selection.   You can see by the value next to the cc# that the steps are correct but the display remains static only showing the 16 steps you could see when "all" was selected unless ff/rew are used.  As a result if you scroll all the way to the end of a 128 note pattern via the encoder, changing the 16'th encoder results in you editing step 16, not step 128.  To see step 128 you'd either have to ff to it or turn all off.   Loving the functionality already.  Thanks for implementing this T.K.!   Cheers,   Arkay.
  15. MBSEQ CC/Velocity Automation Question

    T.K. Man your are quick :) You sure there's not three of you working on all the things you do!!! I'm out at present but will be trying this out as soon as I get home. Handling sounds fine and I doubt I'll be able to come up with anything more ergonomic but won't know till I try it. Initially I'd thought of a shift like function i.e. Hold select, press a step or tweak encoder to set step start position and initial value, release select, navigate to end position via whatever method user chooses, hold select, press the final step or tweak it's encoder to set the end step and final value, release select. Which seems logical to me. But so does what you've already done ;) Awesome work! Cheers, Arkay.