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  1. Congratulations on getting back into it! I'm in a similar situation to you - although I hadn't started gathering modules, I'd tracked down enough SIDs to build a full MBSID - though this was before the stereo option was added, so "full" meant 4 SIDs. Life very much got in the way, and now I'm back to building it once I've sorted out exactly what I need based on the BOM that was posted in the forum a while back.

    Looking forward to seeing your progress!

  2. It seems to me that you could achieve this by using a switch that can record the first depression of the key, then the release of the key, sending a signal both times.

    This isn't how velocity sensitivity works. Keyboards have 2 switches per key, a known distance apart that are pressed one after the other. The time difference between the 2 switches being triggered is used to calculate the velocity, which is sent as the second byte of a MIDI Note-on message. When you release the key, the keyboard detects this and sends a MIDI Note-off.

  3. The way I'd do it re: the keyboard is to get a cheapy MIDI KB, something like an old Evolution one. I've got a Commodore branded one made by Evolution that would be perfect and no, you can't have it :-P. The keys are a little undersized admittedly but it's lightweight and easy to rip apart.

  4. I've looked briefly into stuff like this before now, and so far I've not found an easy way to turn a standard such as VGA or DVI into a vendor-specific LVDS interface - much less so a fairly old, low-res analogue standard such as S-Video. I'll be the first to admit that my research hasn't exactly been exhaustive but it looks like you're in for a hell of a lot of work.

    That said, if you figure it out I'd love to see it!

  5. I can't help you with your DC/AC woes, but if you're in the market for a new reverb I can recommend the Line6 Verbzilla, provided your setup allows you to use guitar effects. I picked one up a while back off a friend who was selling his music gear off and as far as I'm concerned it's the most versatile reverb I've ever used. Plus, it runs off 9VDC the same as pretty much every other guitar pedal - even a 9V battery.

  6. I got a reply in my email about this petition today:

    We are pleased to tell you that there is no truth in claims that the Government is planning to introduce a requirement for entertainment venues to fit noise control devices.

    Each Local Authority Licensing Authority considers every live music application on its merits, and decisions are made entirely by them.  However, the Licensing Act 2003 does not allow mandatory conditions for live music to be imposed across the board.  It would not be possible to impose such a condition without a change in the law and such a change is not, and never has been, on the Government’s agenda.

    There is also no legal requirement under health and safety legislation for entertainment venues to have noise control devices fitted, nor is there any proposal.

    The Government is acutely aware of the contribution that music makes to our culture and we remain committed to a vibrant and flourishing creative sector, of which live music plays an essential part.

  7. HCl is hydrochloric acid. I know schools use it quite a bit (or at least, the one I work at does) so it should be fairly widely available in various quantities and strengths. A Google search for "chemical suppliers", "lab suppliers" or similar should yield some results.


  8. I'm not too hot on this one myself, but I think the people you need to speak to are the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society / Performing Rights Society (www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk).

    ++++ EDIT: ++++

    Yeah, thought so:

    Any music which is played outside the domestic or home life is regarded as a public performance.  The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 means that if you use copyright music in public to lawfully do so you require the permission of the copyright owner for every piece of music that is being performed.

    From http://www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk/playingbroadcastingonline/live_venues_events/festivals/Pages/festivals.aspx

  9. ...switching to DSP on a pc that there is some unwanted latency...

    It looks like you just do the programming on a PC, then load your program onto it via USB in much the same way as you can write MidiBox code and upload it over Midi. Since Line6 talk about lending the pedal to others, I think it's safe to assume you don't need it connected to a PC to work it.

    Either way, it sounds like a cool idea - I like their ToneCore stuff and the idea of programming one myself sounds awesome. Only problem is that I don't have $200 kicking around  :-[

  10. I picked up  a couple of 10Mbit 1U hubs/switches this week for £5. They have nice internal power supplies if needed, and can be 'repanelled' with some alloy. I was lucky, they we on their way to the skip

    That's exactly what I'm doing with mine (if the bulk-order goes to a second round). We recently disposed of some old IT gear at work, including a couple of Planet Ethernet (urgh) 24-port switches in nice shallow 1U cases. As soon as i saw it I thought "GM5".

    I'm thinking of bodging up a simple MIDI activity light system, (probably pulse stretchers based around 4069s). Is this of interest, and are separate in and out lights best?

    Activity lights sound pretty useful to me - especially one pair of I/O lights per port.

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