Today, I just recieved the first ten PCBs for my chiptune synth kit. The black solder screen looks really good.
I’m now waiting for the last parts to make a prototype and to design its case.
I’ve got some messages asking me if I planned to sell a finished version of my YM2149/AY-3-8910 synth. The short answer is: yes.
I’m working on the PCB and the firmware of this synth. As I’m not going to sell thousands of it, it will certainly be sold as a ready-to-solder kit.
Schematics and software code will be public.
More to come!
I spent my childhood with an Atari STe and its bleepy sounds. Recently, I purchased its sound generator on eBay: the YM2149 chip (made by Yamaha) or the AY-3-8910 (made by General Instruments).
I would like to make a chiptune MIDI synthesizer with it, but I thought it was a good start to play existing tunes.
I’ve imagined a fun application with one of these small thermal printers. Although these printers are really Arduino friendly I coded a .Net class to use them directly with a computer. Then, I made a simple Safari extension which allows to print the URL of the current page… with a QR Code, of course!
The width of a paper roll is perfect for this purpose, and giving a piece of paper to share a link might be quite fun.
This extension sends a command to a small server app which is a background service connected to the printer. It’s not perfect, I’ve made it rather quickly, but it works fine.