Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thingamagoop 2 finished!

Lots of troubles during soldering this lovely sound-robot called "Thingamagoop2". I have to admit that I was very impatient this time, to get this guy working.
First the voltage regulator 78L05 was not included in the kit and I have to take a 7805 as substitute. The 7805 is much bigger and I had to fiddle around to solder it on the PCB.
Next thing was the description in the manual, how to solder the button on the PCB. There is a inconsistency between the picture and the text (the picture is correct, the text wrong). Dr. Bleep told me, that they send me the wrong instruction, so this should not happen to you. Also take care that you do not heat the button up too much when soldering, because the pins are very sensitive (I nearly ruined mine).
At the end I forgot to solder the 2 leads to the switch-pot, which was my failure (RTFM...).

Finally it is working and rocks like hell! I can just recommend this kit which comes with a pre-drilled housing what saves a lot of work. The sound is much complexer than it's forerunner.
I think there are tons of videos already online, but anyway - here is mine =)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

irq7 Radio Interview

(Switching to German ...initializing - los! :-)

Ich war vergangene Woche zu einem Interview in Graz eingeladen. Anlass war die Sendung bitte8bit auf Radio Helsinki, die sich in Folge 63 (shit, Folge 64 knapp verfehlt ;-) meinem Alter-Ego "irq7" widmete. Die Sendung wurde bereits am letzten Dienstag ausgestrahlt. Wer sie versäumt hat und mehr über mein Gameboy-Projekt, meine Vorliebe für den C64 oder die Entstehung der Noizebox erfahren will, kann die Folge anhören oder gleich downloaden. Ich bedanke mich jedenfalls bei "bitte8bit"-Thomas für den tollen Nachmittag in Graz!