Jan 5

“Ultimate” in that it will be the last thing ever completed. I’ve had this one in pieces and in design for a while. About 2 years. Too long? This is the shell that will house my own C64 I used to play on back in the day. (It’s a mess, it needs it, really.)

I have only really assembled the aesthetic parts and built the case. May I present, the RX-64R, my take on the SX-64.

No you may not present it. It isn’t finished. The panel is bare on the other side. It’s like the Wizard of Oz’s builders’ crack back there.

Features*:

- 7″ LCD screen
- 2 port switchable joystick
- 4 analogue controllers for synth applications
- Audio feedback loop
- control panel printed on weatherproof labelling (design here)
- Multi-cartridge changer controlled from panel with tri-colour LED indicator
- SID2SID board with noise reduction mod and on/off switch
- switchable kernel with JiffyDos and my own modified kernel
- 1541 ultimate cartridge controls and LEDs on panel
- reset button
- selectable character set rom – 3 sets available.
- retro moog monosynth style casing

* sometime in the future.

(Yes I have the red & green LEDs the wrong way round.)

To Do list:

- burn EPROM with multiple kernels
- remove kernel ROM and add DIL socket
- burn EPROM with multiple character sets
- remove character ROM and add DIL socket
- build power supply with added ampage
- strengthen / brace panel and monitor in place
- cut clear persepex sheet to size to cover bare C64 motherboard
- “wire it all up” and “do a bit of troubleshooting”

As you can see I have a lot of work to do on this baby. I’m glad it’s starting to take form at least.

The panels on the unit are aluminium top panel leftovers from a Pactec PT-10 case, as used in the MB-6582 and x0xb0x. The joystick is from somewhere in internet land I can’t remember. I have a whole bag of spares though.

If you’d like to make your own, click the thumbnail below to download the control panel graphics to print out. You could use the individual panel sections for your own mods. It’s always great to see my MSSIAH/Prophet64 key graphics in use around the place, would love to see someone use this panel design. You just gotta do a little bit of cutting and drilling. A hole punch is pretty much perfect for cutting the holes in the sticker(s) for your toggle switches.

That’s the problem with being obsessed with C64s. I get a flood of ideas and it takes me 2 years to render one into something near reality. This one has actually given me an idea for a DTV mod that I won’t tell you about.

“Stay tuned for updates as and when I get another day off work like Christmas.”

Happy new year all

:)


Dec 30

Here’s one I call the Mini-Breadbin. Complete with the traditional dusty keys with yellowed letters!

The paint is available at Halfords called “Ford Tuscan Beige”. It’s a little er… beiger than the normal breadbin. The previous “Mashup Wedge Edition used a lighter shade.

This one is the standard mono, with the standard DIN output. The jack output and input are superfluous really. The switches turn on the pots, so it can be used as a standard C64. I’ll be putting this up on ebay when I get around to it (along with a bunch of other stuff). If anyone would like to buy it before I do that and save me some hassle then I’m open to offers!
I’ll even make a custom underside label with the machine name of your choice. Email info [aaaat] re-64.com

[Extra tech update - I've upgraded WordPress, which has fixed it so you should now be able to add the feed XML to your Firefox bookmarks toolbar dropdown thing. Cool.]


Dec 16

Here’s an updated version of the key function graphics for the MSSIAH monosynth, sequencer and bassline apps. Just in time for christmas.

DOWNLOAD HERE

I’ve included graphics for the C64 style, C64C and C128 keys.

Notes on application

Ingredients:

- Some “Clear Transfer Decal Paper” from ebay or a hobby shop
- Clear spray sealant
- Colour laser or inkjet printer
- C64C keyboard – old style or new
- GIF from the link above

Instructions:

1. Print out gif onto Decal paper (use label or gloss setting)
2. Apply 3 layers of clear sealant, leaving sufficient time to dry as per sealant can. This is so the printer ink doesn’t break up or dissolve when applying
3. Pry off the keys from keyboard. Don’t worry, they pop back on. Don’t lose the springs!
4. Clean and remove extra graphics with knife or sandpaper as required
5. Cut out individual key graphics, then soak for a minute or so and apply to keys with a steady hand, as directed by Decal paper instructions
6. Spray a few layers of sealant onto the working surface of the keys. Wait in between. Multiple thin layers are better than one or two big goopy layers,
7. Re-assemble!


Oct 17

I made a couple of these, as part of my drive to reduce the number of C64C shells I have scattered around.

Check it out:

I’ll be putting this up for sale later. Lots of units in progress at the moment…


Oct 17

Harvesting 8580 chips is a wasteful business. A SID2SID takes 2 of these. For every chip you get you end up with an empty C64C wedge case.

I’ve been trying to come up with an aesthetically pleasing wedge case, as I have a shedload just lying around. This is my first (relatively successful) attempt.

The beige paint is “Ford Coral Beige” from Halfords (the car and bike place that pops up too much while you’re watching Top Gear). It’s a bit lighter than true C64 beige. They have another one which is a bit darker and closer, which I’ll introduce with another unit in a couple of posts.

This is supposed to be a mashup of the C64C case with the classic C64 colour scheme.

Let’s have a look then.


Sep 16

This one is currently winging its way to Australia. It has been a long time in the making! (Thanks for waiting Matt ;-) )

Comes with the Servant 128 ROM installed, Cartridge, SID2SID and pot deactivation controllers. Double 6581R4.


Sep 6

Here’s one I’ve had to whip up this week for reasons undisclosed.

I’ve stuck to the basics for the stereo sound, with the audio in on the AV out DIN replaced by the 2nd SID out, so there’s no need for any external audio connectors.

The switches on the RHS control the analogue controllers for ports 1 and 2 respectively.

Gotta record some audio samples for this now…


Aug 31

I finished this just before Christmas, perfect for sitting around digesting and watching movies.
It’s taken me a while to post up, but hey, I got stuff to watch on this sucker!




Parts include:

Old school C64 case
Keyrah C64 Keyboard to USB adapter
320GB 3.5 HD (Could/should have used a 2.5″ drive, however this was what I had available at the time)
Gigabyte GA-GC230D i945GC (built-in Atom 230 1.6GHz) onboard VGA 6 channel audio mini ITX Motherboard
PicoPSU-120 12V DC-DC ATX power supply
110W AC Universal Adapter 12V 9A & UK Plug
Wireless Trackball Mouse
2GB Crucial DDR2 RAM

Some internal shots:

USB breakout connector soldered to the Keyrah PCB

USB breakout connector soldered to the Keyrah PCB

Cables tied in nice and tight.

Cables tied in nice and tight.

Pico PSU inside the case.

Pico PSU inside the case.

Gigabyte GA-GC230D Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-GC230D MB - see the USB for the Keyrah there


Aug 28

Here’s one that’s been in pieces for a while. I used some masking to create a Zzap64 logo across the keys on the top left. Didn’t really turn out as I expected in parts so I “textured” it. The other keys have graphics and characters from various games.

But yeah – here it is. If anyone would like to buy it, I’m open to offers!


Jul 20

I have finally completed my very own MB-6582, 8 channel SID Synth with the following chips:
3 x 6582A
2 x 8580R5
1 x 6581R4
1 x 6581R3
1 x 6581
This is one of these projects that has been hanging around my workshop for a while.

MB-6582 complete!

Though I’m sure you’ve all heard of these before, full build instructions here.

I also made a serial sticker for the underside here (Photoshop format).

Ah lovely. Does it make sound? Not while it’s gathering dust!