SIDBlaster-USB TicTac Edition

 

... is a new design of the original Sidblaster-USB from 2007.

Infos at GitHub and Archive.org:

SIDBlaster-USB TicTac Edition at GitHub

Original SIDBlaster-USB at Archive.org

 

Improvements (to the original Sidblaster-USB):

  • cheap power supply 9V/12V switchable
  • original C64 audio output circuit (with Audio-In-Jack)
  • switchable filter capacitors
  • optional connection for paddles
  • professional Audio-Jacks
  • suitable for a empty Tic Tac® box.
  • cuddly blue Power-LED

 

Presentation at "Lange Nacht der Computerspiele 2017" 29.4.2017 in Leipzig/Germany

 

This is a quick information, eagle-files, partlist and hints for building following soon or can found at GitHub.

 

The project is open source and free (GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE)

Source codes are available on request or on GitHub.

 

If you wanna support me, request on a pcb or a building set at me.

Sidblaster-USB TicTac Rev. 1.2 released

The Sidblaster-USB TicTac Rev. 1.2 is available.

All Files at GitHub uploaded.

SIDBlaster-USB TicTac Edition at GitHub

improvements:

  • - Red TX / RX LED
  • - New experimental jumper to connect ground with USB shield
  • - Recesses for Tic Tac box

A small improvement in the firmware: With a future version of hardsid.dll it will be possible to read from the sidblaster USB. However, with an additional (asynchronous) method. For example, reading Syncrones in Vice will never be possible.

 

SIDBlaster-News #1

sid-object 0.8

The Version 0.8 of the sid-object (a Max/MSP extension) is released.

Better multitasking and multidevice-supporting.

Update, if you are use the AIASS-M4L device.

See download-section for download.

 

JSidPlay2 beta with SIDBlaster-USB support

Ken Händel has realized a SIDBlaster-USB support for his JSIDPlay2.

You can download the last beta on his page.

 

Source Code

The source code for the VST is available at:

https://github.com/gh0stless/AIASS-Mono-VST


And the source code for the Max/MSP object under:

https://github.com/gh0stless/sid-object


SIDBlaster-Introduction

The SIDBlaster TicTac comprises premium “open-source“ hardware for using a genuine „SID“-sound chip for C64 emulation, playback of SID tunes and music production as a little box on the USB port of a personal computer.

1. Hardware

SIDBlaster TicTac is based upon “SIDBlaster-USB“, and is 100% compatible with it.

The following improvements were made:

  • Good value universal current supply 9V or 12V

  • Original C64-audio wiring

  • Optional connection facility for two Paddles.

  • Switchable filter capacitors

  • Switchable capacitors for Paddle

  • Precisely fitting printed circuit board for assembly into a TicTac candy box

  • Audio-In

  • Professional 6,3mm mono audio jack sockets

  • Cozy blue power LED

  • (Rev.1.2:) red TX/RX-LED

5. Software

5.1 hardsid.dll

Is the “driver” of the SIDBlaster, so to say. It comprises a reprogrammed DLL of the Hardsid, thus, software programmed for the Hardsid becomes compatible for the SIDBlaster. The source code is available on request.

5.2 Vice64

The famous C64 emulator supports up to 3 SIDBlasters. In the simplest case, you now have a C64 with original sound. But you can also use the SIDBlaster with Vice64 as a MIDI expander, by activating the MIDI emulation, and load a synthesizer program like Station64.

5.3 Acid64

Best SIDBlaster support, if you have several devices you can even play stereo and 3SID tunes.

5.4 SidPlay2

Good SID player; suitable as a jukebox because of playlists

5.5 Goatracker

Tracker. Support still not perfect

5.6 AIASS

A Max/MSP-extension to make a SID synthesizer available in Max/MSP or Max4Live. A VST is also available.

5.7 Cloando‘s C64 Forever

Also compatible. Just copy the hardsid.dll in the file of Vice. Then, enter"-sidenginemodel hardsid" in the option „custom parameters“.

5.8 JSIDPlay2 4.0

Full SIDBlaster support.

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