Reply 220 of 381, by kisscool
I'm not used to write a lot on the forum, but I'm a huge fan of Serge's work, as well as keropi, Daniel and Tiido. Bought nearly all the sound devices Serge created, the MPU401 replica and Orpheus from keropi, and a lot of replicas from Daniel and Tiido. Being in Belgium like Serge helps to get things faster, and to encourage him to design and build more and more devices. And as a big fan I am, he offers me a real favor, and I thank him so much for that.
So, Serge contacted me some weeks ago and asked me if I want to do a review of his amazing work for you. Guess what ? Of course I said yes 😁
Deal was simple : he sends me a complete set of the bays adapters he printed, I try, take pictures, whatever, just a review to show you what is gonna be available when it's done. Of course I was already the happy owner of the McCake, as well as the MP32L.
So, here is the package I received, with different bays and buttons, 2 panels, necessary cables and screws :
Inside, different colors for the bays to choose from :
Just inserted in a vintage tower, here are the results, with the name Serge gave to it (but I didn't used the brown one, not sure anybody will ever need, unless he/she is a heavy smoker and the tower has turned brown, not yellowed, brown !) :
- cream white :
- glow in the dark :
- light grey :
- neutral :
- white :
- black (fully assembled, with mixed black and white buttons, white for switching modes and roms/soundfonts and black for volume) :
And if anyone wants to build a special case with a Ghostbusters look, glow in the dark flavor is definately what you need :
Now, you certainly noticed that the bays were just put in the case, without connection and McCake connected. Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to build a complete system with everything. I'm still waiting for 2 vintage PC cases I bought last week, but I'll post more updates as soon as I've been able to setup what I have in mind.
So, I used a completely different system to make some videos and give you an idea of how this works. I used my MiSTer FPGA, running the AO486 core, and connected the McCake by inserting it on the Chill II from Serdaco and the MiSTer MIDI from Legacy Pixels to provide MIDI signal. Screen is a simple 10" LCD screen I use for my MiSTer, and speakers is a good old Roland CS-10, perfectly accurate for the real sound of those years.
Some pictures of the setup :
Results on YouTube videos :
The Secret of Monkey Island (MT-32 mode) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJVuNp73Pig
Sam and Max Hit the Road (soundfont mode with SGM-V2.01) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLiwo6GY0PY
Day of the Tentacle (MT-32 mode) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNHnpxc2XLg
Descent setup test music in soudfont mode then Monkey Island 2 LeChuck's Revenge intro in MT32 mode : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwabJzqMcU
If you are interested in a comparison between different devices to give you an idea of how it sounds, here are what I still have available (MT-32 speaking, I have many other MIDI modules and wavetables in my collection, real vintage and from Serge, Daniel, Tiido) :
Hope you enjoyed this review, and Serge, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity 😉