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About mrspring

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  1. Hey man..

    Reading Your comments in the MB TIA thread - i'm getting the same stuff in the Manager/MAX thing - greyed out and not working with any rev of MAX. Did you ever get this to work on a Windows system?

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    2. mrspring


      Antichambre did some live support on this yesterday, and the issue was caused by an out of date MAX file, or a possibly corrupted one.. It's ALL GOOD now.. :)

    3. Antichambre


      MAX Manager was fine, I checked and I refreshed the box firmware on September last year. Maybe you downloaded it before and it was out of date. Best

    4. mrspring


      Correction - it was the Cart .hex that had the issue I think - whatever .hex i was using, it was not correct. The MB TIA would respond in part to MIOS Studio keyboard, but the notes played were not in any logical tuning, but the device would not connect with MAX. Antichambre passed me the cart .hex directly and that fixed everything.. Fairly sure i only ever downloaded files from places in the official thread and the PM one, so i guess they got corrupted, or were non working early editions with the same filename. As of now, it's working, and i'm exploring patches!

  2. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    yeh, some nice drifty sync phasing there in that track.. and the lead sound sounds nice and wonky too..   Also: on the capacitor issue (it is the cap, right?) - that's not a problem to me.. Must be annoying to see it at this time for You Antichambre, but it's no big deal. In fact, let's start a rumour NOW that this early revision SOUNDS BETTER because of the orientation of the cap. Oh Yes.. There it is... ;)
  3. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    mmmm CNC satisfaction! got to love that nice clean finish on the plates.. looking good!!
  4. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    Ah OK, so there was some 'machine noise' caused by the MIDI and other processes  - the digital cockroaches :) i thought You were hearing the audio channels crossing into each other on the TIA outputs, which is no big deal really for us PAL TIA people who have only 1 channel output anyway! Nice, and the audio clip sounds very clean - i cannot hear any whine or rustle going on in the opening part between the notes. When i turn up the gain here i hear the nosie of my amplifier.  Hmm.. some nice clipping/glide from around 5'20"? Yeh this is all good. the patch used in this sounds animated, and you sweeping the EQ shows it's quite a rich waveform there, it should go very well thru' a nice phase-screw patch or a barber pole phaser..
  5. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    wow.. it looks awesum :) and no crosstalk between the channels now? outstanding :)
  6. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    Ahh!! Antichambre!! He lives!! :) Yes, i fully understand, life and REAL job take preference over things like this project. I also enjoy/dislike this situation. But, the job will enable You to be comfortable and do things the way YOU want to do them, then when You finish, You can look back without regret at what you did. So, take Your time, and keep looking forward to hearing Your machine in people's music. There is no deadline here. Also, I understand also 100% about making music, and never being happy because You think it is never finished. In the days of the indie electronic record business (1982-2005, RIP) We had a Label, A&R, budgets and deadlines. This was why projects were finished and sent out. This is not the case now. I know many people who make excellent music, but they over-think it, over-produce it and ruin it because they have no deadline or target, and they just keep messing about with the tune, never doing a final mix or render because they think it can be better, then they abandon it because it has lost the initial spark. Such a shame :( I say - be brave, if a tune makes You *feel* something - STOP MESSING WITH IT AND MIX IT DOWN :) How many tunes do You love after 10,20,30 years that are simple and raw? I bet many many. Also(2), Tanzania! Wow.. OK. well, greetings from Ireland, where it has been raining since 1989 :)
  7. SammichSID LCD recommendations UK

    RS have units that will work. well, they did a couple of years ago when i last went looking. If You still have the one that came with the sammich then you can bring it in to your RS store and the staff at the trade counter will be able to work out what You need, or at least tell You they do/do not do them anymore. worth a shot.
  8. Sammich SID 6582A problems

    The sammich is fairly bulletproof as long as it was constructed carefully in the first place, so the controls issue would be down to physical contamination of the switches or encoder, or more likely be caused by poor construction. Has it been gigged? How about in a smoky room? Could be dirt. If it's clean and smells clean, then You need to dismantle it and examine the boards, and all the solder joints. if any of them look like they have a 'ring' in them, as in you can see a contour line in the solder blob, or look matte or just plain crappy, then think about re-flowing the join. Just heat it up with an iron so the solder melts and goes hard again. Obviously, any tarnishing on the board itself is a hint that the builder was a little sloppy, and may have used a little too much heat, or had to fix a mistake. If You see that kind of stuff, be prepared to review the build properly. As for the SIDs sounding different - that's SIDs for you :) But, if a SID starts off from cold fine, and then goes out of tune or looses a waveform as it heats up, it's probably just faulty. You can try attaching some stick-on low-profile heatsinks to them, as in the cooler kits for the Raspberry Pi, which might swing things, but they are very far from stable even when they are "good" chips - this is why the sound so excellent when ganged as a stereo signal.
  9. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    Has this project gone dormant? Still think this is the 'missing link' in chip-synth history, along with the STERN and WILLIAMS 80's sound boards..
  10. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    Yes, Synthcart (etc.) is a nice toy, and a really great project, but You end up sampling the sounds and cutting them up to make them useful.. Gone is all the lovely buzz and fortitude of using the TIA itself :( The steps in pitching and the limited few tempos are understandable, but they don't help. Also the sound palate is so limited you really get tired of it fast. I did make a MIDI - Joystick interface for Synthcart using a highly Liquid board, but it was alot of effort for not really any better results then just sampling some 2600 games in play.   MidiboxTIA is a great project, another computer bleep chip gets the full-midibox-jacket.. ;)   I even have a PAL 2600 ready waiting to donate it's TIA I found a TIA in my spares box that is of excellent vintage - check this out:     Also: TU for watching the video.. You can tell i like to torture my machines ;)
  11. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    yes.. ofc, this looks like the next MIDIBOX i want to try to build.. Previous synth applications using TIA were on the 2600 itself, meaning 'interesting' but not real use for making music.. This frees it.. 
  12. MIDIbox TIA - Atari 2600 Synth

    DO WANT!!!!!!
  13. MIDIbox FM background noise [solved]

    I just had this problem, an idle noise in the background, using a TRACO TXL 035-1212D - a quite high end PSU for this application in fairness.   Cured it totally by moving the sleeve of the audio outs to the - on the PSU rather then the one on the Core as i was doing previously..   No need for caps or whatnot, this is a total solution!
  14. Any more sammichFMs? [YES, see page 2]

    Wilba just did a mailshot announcing batch #4 of the sammichFM! :phone:   also some disturbing news that there are FAKE OPL3 chipsets on ebay.. anyone any more info on this? how to recognize them etc?
  15. Any more sammichFMs? [YES, see page 2]

    I also emailed Jason some months ago, having serious munchies for some FM sammich action.. From what i remember on the sammichSID batches, We will hear news when the numbers are looking good i guess..