Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

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Re: HardMPU, anyone?

Postby ab0tj » 2015-8-25 @ 14:14

hard1k wrote:Holy cow, that's awesome! Another cool DIY project has come to life!

That is awesome. Looking forward to finding out when and where I can order one :)

I do believe I will still finish this project though, if even just for my own amusement. It has a somewhat different goal that keropi's project.
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Re: HardMPU, anyone?

Postby PeterLI » 2015-8-25 @ 14:39

Congratulation! Looks beautiful!
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Re: HardMPU, anyone?

Postby alexanrs » 2015-8-25 @ 14:40

I bought myself a XT board (not arrived yet), so I guess I now actually need a MIDI interface ^^
Good to see one project succeeding.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby stamasd » 2015-8-25 @ 19:45

Chalk me down for one when they are available.

In the meantime following ab0tj's HardMPU project with interest.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dogchainx » 2015-8-28 @ 18:58

I'm interested too. Awesome work!
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2015-9-13 @ 18:07

allright, time for some updates to see what I've been up to while waiting for parts to arrive

first of all the bracket, it was such a chore to hunt for suitable ones or change the design to fit existing brackets so we now have our own custom brackets :D (these are some test brackets at the plant)

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so we made a proper fitting bracket in the end:

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(yes that's an Amiga 2000 , the clone works fine with it along with a pc bridgeboard :lol: )
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby jesolo » 2015-9-13 @ 18:52

Looks great. Nice and clean.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby stamasd » 2015-9-13 @ 21:31

ETA for availability?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2015-9-13 @ 22:10

I believe in 2-3 weeks once all parts arrive I'll have some units for sale , it's really parts that delay since there is no software to worry about , 1:1 clone ;)
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby badmojo » 2015-9-13 @ 23:53

Amazing work keropi! Will a cable from the original Music Quest MPU work with this thing? I have a cable!
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby PhilsComputerLab » 2015-9-14 @ 00:34

Very nice!
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby PeterLI » 2015-9-14 @ 06:21

Looks great! I just bought 10 more Bryce MIF-IPC-A clone PCBs so I am all set myself. There should be healthy demand for PC MIDI Cards.

For my Bryce MIF-IPC-As I am going to experiment with backplates from eBay: cheap and fast.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2015-9-14 @ 06:36

@badmojo
yes, the same exact cable that the original MQ MPU uses will work here, remember this is a 1:1 clone

thanks all for the kind words, it seems that 2015 is the MPU year LOL
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Logistics » 2015-9-15 @ 00:38

Nah, I still find real Music Quest cards for less than $10 a piece from time to time.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Ticondrius » 2015-9-24 @ 14:45

I would like one once they are available. Any chance it can be modified to support wavetable daughtercards, ala SCB-55 instead of having to connect an external unit...or be optional either way?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby alexanrs » 2015-9-24 @ 15:01

/\ yes it can, but the main project will probably not be modified. Anyone is free to "fork" it though. It is just a matter of slapping in the connector, route the MIDI OUT lines to the right pins and then expose the audio output in a jack or AUX connector. Some auxiliary analog circuitry might be needed. Alternatively there are external enclosures for daughtercards that will allow them to be used like normal MIDI modules.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2015-9-24 @ 18:01

... well theoretically you can add whatever extra you want LOL
At this point though the clone card will remain a 1:1 one of the original. IMHO addind a wavetable header would be nice but all decent daughterboards nowdays cost more (often way more!) than their external-unit counterpart, take for example the SCB-55 and SC-55 ... not to mention the sc-55 looks cooler :cool:

Now as for a small update on the project, I just finished testing the crap out of the 1st assembled clone (left is original , right is clone). I got some more pcbs and received yesterday almost all needed parts to build them :) - just waiting for some midi plugs to complete the breakout cables.
When I make the AmiBay sales thread you'll be able to see a couple of youtube videos I'll upload demonstrating some "difficult" intelligent mode games working fine: wing commander, gateway and laser squad. (I just took some quick videos with my phone camera - don't expect 1080p video with 192khz sound LOL)
All will be sorted during the weekend , expect a pic with a small mpu army :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dogchainx » 2015-9-24 @ 18:04

AWESOME! Question about the cables....I know you made your own, is there an easy guide/materials/etc that we could follow?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2015-9-24 @ 18:22

^ do you have a mpu card without cable? I posted a schematic of the cable here: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=38478 , if you need more info tell me
In case you mean the clone cards, each will be sold ready-to-use with a breakout cable, the buyer won't have to solder or mod or assemble anything .
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dogchainx » 2015-9-24 @ 18:43

keropi wrote:^ do you have a mpu card without cable? I posted a schematic of the cable here: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=38478 , if you need more info tell me
In case you mean the clone cards, each will be sold ready-to-use with a breakout cable, the buyer won't have to solder or mod or assemble anything .


Oh nice to know! I'll probably be being a card then. I'll keep watch!
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