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Title: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 23:15, 16 November 11
Greetings all Amstrad cpc users!  :P
Some familiar names I see on here from the old cpc zone forum, thought it was about time I got on the board for cpcwiki to check out whats happening.
Anyhow for those who don't remember my user name, I will (re)post a picture of  my fave toy. Then check out what the reactions are from you guys!!
cheers!
 
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/Image14.jpg)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: TFM on 03:07, 17 November 11
Great picture!
 
Welcome here and...
 
Greetings program!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 16:42, 17 November 11
Welcome mate, good to have you back! :)

What does it run? It doesn't have a stick, so....??

Hope you stick around. This place is going from strength to strength!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: steve on 18:48, 17 November 11
Is that an amstrad monitor?
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 18:50, 17 November 11
Ohhh crap I think you're right!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Kris on 18:54, 17 November 11
Great DIY but where is the keyboard ???  :o
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: MacDeath on 22:06, 17 November 11
This is an amstrad Monitor too... ;D
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: steve on 22:31, 17 November 11
It's a Russian clone! :o :laugh:
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 00:06, 18 November 11
hopefully the following pile of images will answer any questions.... exept Gryzor's mention of the lack of joystick  >:(  its what all my mates gripe about when hammering away at 1943. All I can say to that is ZXFC  !!
 
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/Image12.jpg)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/Image11.jpg)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/Image10.jpg)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/Image7.jpg)
 
the jumble of orange wires enable the front panel buttons to connect to any keyboard or joy 1& 2 pins
cunningly the 464 pcb has a spare row of solder holes (18 I think?) to enable external controls
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: steve on 01:29, 18 November 11
Very clever, just two questions.

Do you load software from tape?

Does the monitor overheat after a few hours?
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: MacDeath on 01:47, 18 November 11
Well, you can add a cooler fan.

Also, a bit of a shame : only 64K...


Tape ? perhaps a MP3 device would be better then.



But, it is a bit dusty too...
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 22:45, 19 November 11
built it about errr... 7-8 years ago I think. Yep tape loading, but only need to load in a game once, then the power supply unit stays always on, theres a power switch under the blue panel at the front which knocks off the monitor & amp only when not in use. The monitors good as gold. I guess if you had it at more of an angle it might get the arse and overheat.
MacDeath- there are plans afoot as we speak to build another console using a 6128 running one of them new fangled HxC floppy emulators amongst other tricks! what you see above was as good as I could get with what I was capable of at the time. In reality its totaly impractical as some games require the buttons to be reconnected differently, deffo not fun after a few drinks!
But still I love it.
What I'm up to next is what I'll be hopefully posting up on here for you chaps to see as it progresses. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: steve on 02:54, 20 November 11
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: MacDeath on 05:18, 20 November 11
The main thing is : what do you run on this...

This can be As much an awfull speccyport station as a guenuine axesome stuff...


Sadly not the best format to play "Sid Meyer's Pirates!"...
 ;)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: TFM on 07:51, 20 November 11
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D

Well is has 4 Mbit Flash :) It's a good idea to use it for a games launch menu in a CPC arcade :-)))
Title: CPC-based arcade consoles
Post by: OCT on 11:52, 20 November 11
Well is has 4 Mbit Flash :) It's a good idea to use it for a games launch menu in a CPC arcade :-)))
Then again cartridge work by the same solderer might come to something like the multicart Demonstrator (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/GX4000_cartridge#Demonstration_System) (inside a single module with today's technology, will need a new acronym though) which if run on a GX4000 may help avoid butchering a Plus.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: fano on 13:10, 20 November 11
Amazing ! i really love that !

there are plans afoot as we speak to build another console using a 6128 running one of them new fangled HxC floppy emulators amongst other tricks! what you see above was as good as I could get with what I was capable of at the time. In reality its totaly impractical as some games require the buttons to be reconnected differently, deffo not fun after a few drinks!
But still I love it.
What keymapping do you use ?
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 19:53, 20 November 11
just looking at the 464 pcb picture on the wiki hardware bit shows a 1983 version, mines a 1984 which has slightly different keyboard connection.
left in pic shows a white molex connector and the board is blank next to it, where as mine has 2x membrane connectors in the "blank" space leaving a spare row of solder holes (where the '83 has the molex) for me to tag off & connect up to arcade buttons.
couple of pics from a dead 464 to elaborate~
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_1471.jpg)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_1473.jpg)
 
as for the games, 64k is just fine! Galactic plague never looked better- superb game... (just kidding!)
Ikari warriors, who dares wins 2, silkworm, wec lemans, 1943, prohibition all get a good run out.
Some great upgrade suggestions guys, but as this unit was completed almost 10 years ago, development has ceased.

A new chapter is beginning with a donor 6128, its disc drive had died and so becomes the ideal candidate for the transformation.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:13, 20 November 11
I'd like to get one of these for my cpc6128~
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350244621369?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D350244621369%26_sacat%3D0%26_odkw%3DItem%2Bnumber%253A%2B350244621369%26_osacat%3D0%26_trksid%3Dp3286.c0.m270.l1313%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350244621369?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D350244621369%26_sacat%3D0%26_odkw%3DItem%2Bnumber%253A%2B350244621369%26_osacat%3D0%26_trksid%3Dp3286.c0.m270.l1313%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1)
it looks to be the right thing, anyone know if this is ok for use in uk? not sure if theres any issues with pal vs ntsc here.
Can't say I'm interested in anything using composite video or getting a lcd telly for my cpc
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 21:19, 20 November 11
This is lovely, must have been lots of fun to build it!

It could do with some side artwork, though - vinyl printing is really cheap for such a project! Or at least maybe some stickers from RetroGT :)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:29, 20 November 11
I'm holding back for as long as possible before posting up the visuals of what I'm after for the new toy!!  ;)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Bryce on 23:50, 20 November 11
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D

The name originally came from when I built the very first MegaROM, which had 1Mbit of ROM, the MegaFlash ended up having 4Mbit of Flash, so the name stuck.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 23:41, 05 July 13
wow time flies! so for hardcore cpc fans who read this thread from the start will have a little clue as to what is coming next :)
 
I have finally decided to turn my attention to building a "new" Amstrad arcade. Hard work dusting down stuff that's been in storage for years! Anyhow I will post up plenty of pics tomorrow of how its been progressing and concept pics of how I visualise the finished product.
A quick look at whats on the design bench right now, and will get on it for a little chit-chat soon.
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMAG0062.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMAG0062.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Kris on 00:04, 06 July 13
More pics please :)
how do you manage the keyboard ?
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 21:25, 06 July 13
Oh wow. Not only does it look ueber-cool, it would be the best prank to play at a company's server rack :D
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:26, 06 July 13
Ahh it's 2013 we don't use keyboards now!!!  ;D
So firstly the waffle-  the first unit I built was a chipboard cabinet with a jumble of wires tucked away inside. Vey basic.
Technology has evolved and the age of wood is over. What I have planned for the 6128 is a metal open frame design. All the components will be 19" rack mount. Google MAME and everything is MDF boxes!! I have a blacksmiths nearby and intend to submit a more useable plan for them to work from but here's a couple of basic pictures to show the look I'm after (tron artwork optional!!)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/A4Zzhoblique.jpg) (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/A4Zzhoblique.jpg)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/ARNOLDside.jpg) (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/ARNOLDside.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:28, 06 July 13
@ Gryzor - lol  ;D
 
about to post up internal gubbins pictures
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 21:30, 06 July 13
...are you really going to build that?


wow.  :o
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:57, 06 July 13
looking at the mock-up pics the actual 6128 blackbox will be mounted on rackstrips at the middle point of the Z shape, along with Amstrad speakers, amp and a patch unit. The top panel will have arcade sticks and buttons with a reconditioned 6128 keyboard lifted out of the donor unit (I could write a whole article on keyboard fluff with all what I had to go through to get it nice and shiney!)
Another key point to the build was to incorporate as many styling cues as possible from original Amstrad CPCs, (hence the use of an original Qwerty board) take a look at the rear view of the 6128 box for another subtle retro touch
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMAG0064.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMAG0064.jpg.html)
 
internal speaker grille with speaker from a 464 and actual serial number sticker from main 6128 donor unit
sockets on the right are for video out to a LCD panel, and a 44 way bad boy to take all 18 keyboard wires and 2 joysticks plus 12 & 5 volt DC lines to the patch unit, audio out jack and a re-mounted volume control for the internal speaker
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 22:30, 06 July 13
ok here is a selection of internal box shots. This thing took some going to complete, yet is only the beginning of the cabinet as a whole - much tea drinking (and vodka!) was required to get thus far.
*warning* controversial and confusing material is included!
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/DPP_0018.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/DPP_0018.jpg.html)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMAG0061.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMAG0061.jpg.html)
 
front panel switches are for FDD ready, side A/B, and system pause. I'll let you guess what the one under the led does  ;)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/DPP_0013.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/DPP_0013.jpg.html)
yep a donor MP2 modulator does the powering, I did try using some modern fangled thing from china - but it went bang after 20 minutes of use!! Best to stick with what works. I cut out the power transformer section and cut the DC circuit away from the video UHF bit that has no use. (I think I can hear users howling in pain at the thought of dismantling such hardware!)
Piggy-backing off the main transformer is a neat addition, the PSU for the video convertor.
 
Here's a cool addition to the main pcb, as featured in Amstrad Action 33 page 16.......
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/DPP_0010.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/DPP_0010.jpg.html)
also clear is the point where the 18 keyboard wires are attached, the original membrane sockets I de-soldered will be used in the keyboard panel (which I ain't built yet!)
 
Ok who's scratching about for AA33 yet?   :laugh:
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 11:18, 07 July 13
A joystick splitter? Looks nice and tidy :)


The whole thing is a thing of beauty - I love the label at the back :D But if I were you I'd probably switch the speaker with something better...
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 11:36, 07 July 13
yeh there was room for a bigger & better internal speaker, but as its only ever going to be used in the testing stages of the project, sound quality isn't a priority, I just added that one because I could!
the jack socket on the back is for stereo line out & will be using a 30 watt PA amp 2x 5 inch mid-range cones and 2x 3 inch tweeters - all lifted from my first arcade cabinet (yes she's due to be scrapped.... shhhhh I never said that bit)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Bryce on 10:49, 08 July 13
A really nice and tidy build there LazyDude. However, that powersupply is an accident waiting to happen! If anything on the 230V side fails you could end up with a live chassis, even more critical now that you've moved from wood to metal. You really need to house it in plastic and cover the live joints better.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Munchausen on 11:45, 08 July 13
A really nice build!


Where did you get that nice small VGA converter? I've got one of these: replace Amstrad CPC 464 664 6128 old Monitor to LCD video converter , in UK. | (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160907450505), but it's a much bigger board.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 23:48, 08 July 13
@ Bryce- hint taken, will look at what I can do for insulation. At least the bottom part is the original MP2 plastic casing that's attached to the metal case. There's plenty of electrical insulating stuff laying around just waiting to be used!!
 
@Munchausen- it was an Ebay find, made and sold by Ambery Corporation USA. After testing and seeing it work well with my 6128 and a 17" LCD I then took the product out of its plastic housing to pop in my new box.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 18:07, 30 July 13
Exitement: postie delivered new stuff and I spent last weekend hammering things into shape!
so far I have remounted the keyboard into a 3u panel and wired to a D-sub connector.
Dynamic pic for dramatic effect!-
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4962.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4962.jpg.html)
 
practical pics to see detail-
 
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4958.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4958.jpg.html)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4954.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4954.jpg.html)
(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4951.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4951.jpg.html)
 
happily I gave the membrane strip space to curve into the fitting, slotting them home before carefully turning the connector assembly over to mount on the board.
Next comes the arcade sticks and buttons...
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 20:46, 30 July 13
That is one brand-new looking keyboard!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Bryce on 22:33, 30 July 13
That is seriously professional looking! Very nice work, very clean and thought out.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:54, 31 July 13
cheers guys   :D
a fair bit of it is down to my "just in time" hardware delivery app (aka ebay!!) for panels & bolts etc
had a good session in the shed earlier using my new 30mm hole cutter prepping the arcade panel
also popped into the blacksmiths to chat about getting the main cabinet knocked up
lots to do & no time to think about it!!!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 00:41, 27 June 14
Blimey it's been almost a year since we saw some action on this thread.....
proper lazy dude  :laugh:
well time for some updates, and share the continuation of my Amstrad 6128 arcade

console project - scuse me while I get my stuff organised here!

Bit of waffle first then some juicy pics.

So I left off at the point of creating an arcade style control surface to complement

the 6128 keyboard, 2 player with joysticks and an autofire circuit like whats featured

in the latest AA mag (AA 34 page 27!) so I went ahead and bought the autofire

components as listed using the given Maplins catalogue numbers - yep after all those

years 99% of the cat nos were the same, great!
Then I built it as it shows - ok not rocket science, works great. Then switched from 9v

battery to the CPCs own 5v DC power - result was a screen full of random characters -

after many hours of swearing etc.. I discovered that the circuit has one of the

transistor legs bridged to the power neg line (wtf - its what the plans say to do!) so

one track cut later and presto all good.
Never happy with leaving stuff standard I then went on to redesign the circuit, made it

available for 2 player and shrunk it by 50% - cool.
Pics of auto fire plans old & new-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5004.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5004.jpg.html)

wired up pics-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4975.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4975.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4976.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4976.jpg.html)

all good then I wanted to design a button/ sticks layout that had a nod to the CPCs

look. My solution was to use the 6128 colour logo next to the power led as the styling

cue.
pic of early plans-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5006.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5006.jpg.html)

mmmm... it's all CAD planning you know!!
pic of final result on a 3U panel-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMAG0079.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMAG0079.jpg.html)

and an underside shot partially wired, showing reinforcing bars bolted on-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4974b.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4974b.jpg.html)

ok more on the way, its all go.....
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 00:44, 27 June 14
just a short post on the speaker system I'm using (mainly to keep Gryzor happy, cos he

didn't like the weedy internal speaker in the 6128 box lol!)

again 19" standard panels, using 1980s Amstrad Hi-fi components. 2x8" bass/mid cones

and 2x 3.5" tweeters (they big enough mate?!!)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4971.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4971.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4973.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4973.jpg.html)

no pics of the amp, my friend told me amps are boring (she's a girl though!!)

It gets more exiting next........
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 00:51, 27 June 14
Ahh so whats it all about I here you say.
Quick recap of my project- to design an Arcade console using a CPC 6128 pcb as the

guts. To be sited in my entertainment room, and replace the old crap as shown on page 1

:( because life is not all about MDF/chipboard arcade cabinets!

the concept images for an open frame 19" wide steel frame-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/ARNOLDside.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/ARNOLDside.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/A4Zzhoblique.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/A4Zzhoblique.jpg.html)

Not many arcade consoles look that wacky I think!
the proportionally correct plans (original side view drawn at 1/4 scale)-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/sp1.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/sp1.jpg.html)

so it now takes into account height of control surface, LCD monitor size and viewing

angle  etc...
Worked up onto a computer image to get a feel for overall look-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/3dskeleton1.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/3dskeleton1.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/3dskeletonp4bb.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/3dskeletonp4bb.jpg.html)

right so armed with plans/ sizes coloured pics and its off to the local blacksmiths to

have a chat with a man named John Long.

Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 01:00, 27 June 14
6 months later! and a shape has appeared (oo I hate waiting!)

2 side profiles in 2"x1" mild steel complete, tack welded upright with bars and an

awful looking front curve-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMAG0130.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMAG0130.jpg.html)

1 week later I returned to see the final shape (cool, but still rusty!) rolled it into

my workshop and nailed in some 19" rack stripping-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_4996.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_4996.jpg.html)

Next up the stripping was removed and I had the frame shipped off to the local paint

shop for shot blasting and powdercoating - got any RAL numbers? who the hell knew there

were so many shades of black to choose from!
A friend suggested midnight black - I told him to go f....

2 weeks later and a bubble wrapped shape appears outside my pad. Neat!
I instantly get to work installing the hardware.
So here we get some up to date pics of how Arnie looks so far-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5010.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5010.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5019.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5019.jpg.html)

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5013.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5013.jpg.html)

note: monitor overlay Perspex not yet fitted (its still in the workshop!)
pretty sick huh! oh and one more pic for the benefit of Bryce the hardware health n

safety guru-

(http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o114/lazy-dude/IMG_5016.jpg) (http://s118.photobucket.com/user/lazy-dude/media/IMG_5016.jpg.html)

so did you spot the chassis earthing lead? good!
Its been a mission getting it this far (it feels a mission posting it all up for you

guys to check out too!)
Still lots to do as theres sod all in the way of wiring. Looms are looming, I have

plans for a patch unit to get the arcade panel to play ball with the CPC....

An thats all for now folks- any questions or comments and I'll happily chat away!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: pelrun on 08:45, 27 June 14
Wow! Double Wow!


Any plans I ever had for making an MDF mame cabinet just got permanently cancelled :)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 09:26, 27 June 14
 :P  yeh I was shocked at how much wood there is when u google image MAME projects. It shows no design flair banging together a box. The only great thing to come of old style arcade cabinets is the cool graphics on the sides.
I think my idea came from looking at military spec workstations - an olive green finish was optional!!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Bryce on 11:25, 27 June 14
Seriously good work and you also take the title for worlds heaviest CPC! :D

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 12:16, 27 June 14
 :D yeh maybe carbon fibre is the next step!!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: kribjo on 13:20, 27 June 14
Hi,

What an impressive make. :-)

Do you remember the model no# for the vga converter?
Would like to get one myself.

Regards,

Bjørn
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Lazy Dude on 15:27, 27 June 14
its an American product, so it has a very complicated model number-

it's an Ambery AV-1      ;D
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 11:54, 29 June 14
Whoa... seriously cool. And yes, those speakers should do the job :D Not really sure about Amstrad sound quality, but they should be enough for the poor AY. If they were in a traditional arcade cab you'd get much oomph from it acting as a chamber (not sure about the English term) but even so it should be superb!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: MacDeath on 17:19, 30 June 14
CPC had great sound when coupled with a proper stereo hiFi... contrary to many other AY machines, it was in stereo...
I remember my CPC was connected to a stereo output and tunes like Robocop or HATE or many others were great...

yet I hope you'll include built in X-MEM +CTC- AY cards just to soup-up the specs... :)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Carnivius on 17:27, 30 June 14
CPC had great sound when coupled with a proper stereo hiFi... contrary to many other AY machines, it was in stereo...
I remember my CPC was connected to a stereo output and tunes like Robocop or HATE or many others were great...

I have some cheap speakers & subwoofer thingy I bought from a car boot sale plugged into my CPC and even earlier I was loading up Glider Rider and listening to it's fantastic music through the speakers.   Sounds lovely. :D


This cab thingy looks great. :)
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: robcfg on 21:00, 30 June 14
Don't forget Vindicator! Awesome on a stereo hi-fi!
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: Gryzor on 21:07, 30 June 14
Was it? I just love the tune, but I've never heard it on a hi-fi...
Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: TFM on 21:59, 30 June 14
My best memories with a 20 W Blaupunkt amplifier are the Thundercats. 20 W back the day is about 200 W today ;-) It had tubes, not transistors.

Title: Re: Greetings!
Post by: spookspring on 09:52, 07 July 14
So does this thing actually work? Think it deserves a video presentation review!