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About dwestbury

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  1. MB 6582 Final troubleshooting; encoders and presets

    Sounds like a possible encoder debouncing issue? This article may shed some light: http://www.buxtronix.net/2011/10/rotary-encoders-done-properly.html?m=1   The recommendation is to implement better debounce handling in the code... I haven't looked at the section of the MB-6582 firmware that handles the decoders, but perhaps someone more familiar could comment?     
  2. if there’s enough interest in a new bulk order from the Hong Kong eBay supplier, I can assist with the logistics on that.  
  3. Midi box sid v2 maker resquest

    The sammichSID build guide has an option to include jumpers that will let you change the voltage to your SID, so you can swap them safely. The kit from eBay should come with machine pins that you can solder into the filter capacitor spots. This will let you swap capacitors when you change SIDs. As far as the control surface LEDs go, there’s no built-in physical switch to disable them, but you could make your own kill switch. Another option could be customIzed firmware to disable on-demand, using the menu. Perhaps someone in these forums could help with that?  Good luck with the build!  
  4. Midi box sid v2 maker resquest

      The first question is, which MIDIBox v2 variant do you want to have built?   > A sammichSID will support 2 x SID chips (either 6581 or 8580). Kits are still available on eBay for ~$228 USD, plus ~$28 shipping costs from Hong Kong to USA. The kit typically includes 1 or 2 SwinSIDS, which can be swapped for real SIDs > In my experience the total DIY build time for this is about ~6-7 hours  (so would need to negotiate a labor fee) > http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=sammichSID     > A MB6582 will support up to 8 x SID chips (in pairs of two 6581's or 8580's). It also includes a more full featured control surface and a routing matrix. There are no complete kits that I'm aware of, so parts need to be ordered separately from suppliers like Mouser, DigiKey, etc. > The parts to build a complete synth will run between $600-700 USD without SIDs.. The average cost for SIDs on eBay is around ~80 USD, so that can add up to ~$640 for sound chips. You can chose alternatives, like SwinSID, ARMSID or FPGASID > In my experience the total DIY build time is about ~20 hours (so would need to negotiate a labor fee) > http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/wilba_mb_6582   Both of these models support the same sound patch libraries, so it's really just a matter of how many active sound engines you want to have available.          
  5. Midi box sid v2 maker resquest

    I could potentially do this. let me know what your preferences and timeline look like.  
  6. Sammich kits on eBay -- legit or bootleg?

    @Audio Dandy Congratulations! Please enjoy!
  7. Do it yourself open source SID - Announcement

    Don't know why I said MIOS code, I actually meant a special firmware config... I noticed these lines in the .asm file that would need to be tweaked to support SwinSID. ;; 0: SwinSID extensions disabled ;; 1: SwinSID extensions enabled #define DEFAULT_ENABLE_SWINSID 0 ;; 0: only waveform 0-8 selectable ;; 1: waveform 0-15 selectable (e.g. for selecting additional SwinSID Waveforms) #define DEFAULT_ENABLE_UPPER_WAVEFORMS 0 Was just wondering whether this teensy project would be 'drop in compatible' or possibly require similar tweaks. Thanks again @Noise-Generator for raising awareness of this project and offering to keep the forums updated! Cheers! 
  8. Do it yourself open source SID - Announcement

    This project has some real potential. It will be important to see how compatible these chips will be with MIDIBox. I know there’s special MIOS code for SwimSID. Wonder if any mods will be needed to use this board? Thanks for sharing @Noise-Generator!  
  9. first timer builder looking for suggestions

      Yes, the button layout on the MB-6582 and sammichSID are different, but the main functions you’ll generally need are still accessible on the condensed sammichSID interface. The main difference is really the smaller screen and the missing routing matrix. The interface was really only designed for two rows anyway. The extra rows show secondary info, like scroll bars and progress indicators etc. I realized that I wanted the routing matrix however - that’s what ultimately lead me to build the MB-6582.  I don’t really use 6581’s, so I haven’t experienced the sound leakage thing. I’ve read that others have dealt with it by using a noise gate in their DAW. -Darrell    
  10. first timer builder looking for suggestions

    If you’re not comfortable soldering (and troubleshooting) a full sized set of PCB yet, then you could do what @Noise-Generator suggests and work with the individual modules. Although in my humble opinion the final product will come out looking a bit messy with all the ribbon cables joining the boards together, etc. As an alternative to that, you could consider building a sammichSID kit from eBay (https://www.ebay.com/itm/153859268349). I’ve purchased and built a few of these over the years with no issues. It’s basically a single core module, combined with a single SID module and some bank sticks on one small PCB and a shrunken down, but still very usable control surface on another. It’s functionally complete and it let’s you fully experience the MIDIBox SID v2. It uses the same sound patches as the MB-6582, etc. The seller is based in China, so the kit could take a few weeks to arrive, but it comes complete with everything you need, including the PCBs, all discrete components, a couple SwinSIDs, which are much cheaper than real SID chips, a decent metal case, a power supply, etc.  Following the build guide(http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=sammichSID#sammichSID_build_guide), you can probably complete the whole thing and be up and playing within ~5-6 hours. Cheers    
  11. Appreciate the general guidance... I haven't looked at this in a few days, but will hover around the banksticks later this week.   Cheers, -Darrell
  12.   It’s become increasingly challenging to find suppliers that stock the original C64 sized power switch for MB-6582 and sammichSID. My standby had been the Retroleum shop: https://www.retroleum.co.uk/c64-misc-components-fuse-etc But, they're not shipping at this time, due to Covid-19 impact   I managed to find two suppliers on eBay that seems to have good on-hand supply:   Suppler based in UK https://www.ebay.com/itm/401182009175     Supplier based in the US https://www.ebay.com/itm/402027981537   Cheers!  
  13. I'm experiencing a strange issue where my MB-6582 comes up from a cold start and instantly begins cloning it's cores, without me holding down the menu button. Then, once booted, it drops into the oscillator config page and freezes there, completely unresponsive to any buttons or knobs.        I assume it's a bad connection or short somewhere in the core1 and/or control surface signal path, so here's what I've tried so far: > completely removed the ICs from U16 - U23 in case they were causing whacky feedback, but no change > exhaustively searched for shorts and bad solder joints all around U1_CORE1 (all seems OK) > multimeter continuity and resistance testing for each socket pin, above and below the base PCB (all continuity seems OK, with resistance levels between .2 -.3 ohms on each pin)  > multimeter testing for each core1 component:    Designator Description Component type used Notes   C1_CORE1 Capacitor - MLCC 33pF OK   C2_CORE1 Capacitor - MLCC 33pF OK   C3_CORE1 Capacitor - MLCC 100nF OK   D1_CORE1 Diode 1N4148 OK   Q1_CORE1 Crystal 10MHz  10 Mhz, confirmed with Oscilloscope   R1_CORE1 Resistor 100 Ohm 1/4W 1% OK   R10_CORE1 Resistor 10K 1/4W 1% OK   R12_CORE1 Resistor 1K 1/4W 1% OK   R2_CORE1 Resistor 1K 1/4W 1% OK   R6_CORE1 Resistor 1.2K 1/4 1% Reads @ 299 Ohms from each core   R9_CORE1 Resistor 10K 1/4W 1% OK   Appreciate any suggestions or guidance.. Cheers  
  14. MB-6582 Issues with MIDI and Audio

    Holy moly... My Core1 MIDI Issues are finally SOLVED... Turns out I had the wrong sized caps in C1_CORE1 and C2_CORE1 (embarrassing). This was impacting the oscillator frequency and effectively crippling core1. I have a big box of MLCC caps, which must shifted around in their compartments. That will teach me to examine those tiny little numbers better and test each component, before soldering!      So, once I corrected the caps, all MIDI communication though MIOS are working again, wheeew...   This old post from 2009 was immensely helpful, since it provided a solid technique that allowed me to leverage the oscillator frequency from core2 (working) into core1 (which was not working).  I soldered some jumpers wires to the OSC1 and OSC2 pins on an extra 40-pin socket I had laying around and used them to bridge in the oscillators from core 2.  Once the right frequency was fed into core1, it was able to communicate with MIOS properly.   Once I knew the Oscillator was the issue, I was able to narrow my focus and figure out that I had the wrong caps in place (Doh!)   So, now that my MIDI issue is resolved, I should be ready to tackle my SID audio issue next... ;-)   More to come, Cheers...    
  15. MB-6582 Issues with MIDI and Audio

    I took a little break from this for a while to clear my head, but  now I'm ready to shift back into diagnostics-mode... I decided to shift my mental attention towards the MIDI communications issue I've been having with core1, trying to talk to MIOS. I started out by comparing the voltages on core1, relative to my properly working cores (2-4) and here's what I see...   I've been over all the points and joints countless times, so I'm really scratching my head with this one... Any guidance is appreciated...