Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

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

Postby Tyrantulas » 2017-10-06 @ 18:09

So excited... can't wait!
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby matze79 » 2017-10-06 @ 19:28

looks good keropi :) i'm really happy and can't await to get that thing into my PS/2 Model 40SX.
With MIDI Daughterboard attached ! so no damn external Module will waste my space :D

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

Postby the Goat » 2017-10-06 @ 19:35

matze79 wrote:. . . can't await to get that thing into my PS/2 Model 40SX. . .


I just spent 2.2 seconds wondering, "how is he going to install an ISA card in his Playstation 2?!"
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dpl » 2017-10-08 @ 17:22

Great news Keropi!

A Yamaha DB50-XG arrived this week so aside from hooking it up to my MT-32, I'll happily test that board with this card and report the results if anyone's interested...

If all goes well these are going to be some thrilling holidays! ;-)

- Rick

(I've decided to register at Vogons too so I can join the excitement -- and there's plenty of other fun stuff around here too)
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Cadderlik » 2017-10-09 @ 07:47

Somebody changed waiting list and put me at the 52 place - please don't modify waiting list. It's not ok!!. I am at first place at the waiting list.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby villeneuve » 2017-10-09 @ 11:00

@keropi: Cool to see the pictures! Are you the only person testing or how many cards of the current batch are in circulation for testing?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2017-10-09 @ 11:10

thanks guys
atm marmes is also testing and a card will be sent to dreamblaster to get that "Official Dreamblaster S2/X2 certification" LOL so there will be 3 test cards and 17 for sale. After that another 100 will be made, that's the plan if all goes as expected.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dreamblaster » 2017-10-09 @ 20:24

Very much looking forward to it !!!
thanks keropi and marmes !
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Nutricula87 » 2017-10-09 @ 20:33

keropi wrote:thanks guys
atm marmes is also testing and a card will be sent to dreamblaster to get that "Official Dreamblaster S2/X2 certification" LOL so there will be 3 test cards and 17 for sale. After that another 100 will be made, that's the plan if all goes as expected.


100 cards! (assuming all goes well) That's fantastic! I was a little worried before that there wouldn't be enough to go around. Great news.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby dpl » 2017-10-10 @ 12:49

Nutricula87 wrote:
keropi wrote:thanks guys
atm marmes is also testing and a card will be sent to dreamblaster to get that "Official Dreamblaster S2/X2 certification" LOL so there will be 3 test cards and 17 for sale. After that another 100 will be made, that's the plan if all goes as expected.


100 cards! (assuming all goes well) That's fantastic! I was a little worried before that there wouldn't be enough to go around. Great news.


I am hoping for the sake of effort that obviously went into realizing this project that demand will sky-rocket once the first batch has been released. :-)
Especially now that it's even getting Dreamblaster certification, I'd expect that there will be a lot more people that want to get their hands onto them...
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby carlostex » 2017-10-10 @ 19:56

keropi wrote:well, I got some pics with a XR385 - just to see how it all fits :D

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Holy crap it's bluetiful!! OK i need to started selling my spare HW, to get one of these. Are the PCB's gonna be blue for the selling batch?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby the Goat » 2017-10-10 @ 21:51

It is probably way too late to make this change, but asking can't hurt. . . Is it possible for the production cards to have stereo RCA connectors instead of the 3.5mm phone connector (headphone jack) for the wave blaster line level output?
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2017-10-10 @ 22:35

@Carlos
yep, all the cards will be blue :D

@the Goat
Having 2 RCA holes along with the DB9 cutout on the bracket will weaken it - we are not in a position to use those thick pressed and "thermally painted silver" brackets all the commercial cards use (don't know the English word for that process that resembles galvanization) and we are limited to 1mm thick inox cnc cut brackets. You can always use one of those 3.5mm->RCA converters that have a small length :

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plus it's easier for most users to use a small 3.5mm patch cable to feed the audio output to their SB/ESS/whatever card ;)
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby the Goat » 2017-10-10 @ 23:37

keropi wrote:@the Goat
Having 2 RCA holes along with the DB9 cutout on the bracket will weaken it . . .


Understood. The RCA connectors would only a nice to have. Definitely not a hard requirement.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2017-10-11 @ 20:00

Here is a pic of a great combo, the S2's unique sound + whatever external modules one needs to cover all bases :)

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

Postby bjwil1991 » 2017-10-11 @ 20:33

keropi wrote:Here is a pic of a great combo, the S2's unique sound + whatever external modules one needs to cover all bases :)

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Sweet! What do the jumpers do behind the headphone jack? Is it for volume control or something else? Also, will the chip that has the window have a sticker on there to prevent the chip from erasing itself when exposed to light? Out of curiosity.
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby keropi » 2017-10-11 @ 21:24

Yes the jumpers are exactly made for this: volume control as some daughterboards like the XR385 do output loudly and cause clipping/distortion.
And yes, there will be a proper label on the eprom (like in the past) don't worry about that. This is just a prototype/test card that stays and works indoors LOL LOL LOL
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Staticblast » 2017-10-12 @ 23:15

Ooooh, shiny!

Looking good, I'm going to have to make sure I have the cash for it squirrelled away. :happy:
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Cadderlik » 2017-10-13 @ 13:32

New and shiny beautiful card. Congratulations
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Re: Music Quest MPU clone cards, anyone interested in them?

Postby Tyrantulas » 2017-10-13 @ 21:19

keropi wrote:This is just a prototype/test card that stays and works indoors LOL LOL LOL


I read that one Facebook and was like "Does he not realize who this is?" LOL
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