Archiv für November 2009


…well, not really. Trackball and Cf Card adapter arrived. The Trackball is great, i mean, its tiny, which is good. Hopefully it will fit besides the keyboard.

Cf adapter also seems to work. Unfortunately this A600 has a Kickstart Rom version 37.300, which apparently can only handle harddisks up to 40 MB!? …I should have known, it would have been too easy…

On the other hand, 40 MB is better than nothing, since there will just be the system data, Octamed and some mono / lofi – samples. I will try for now and meanwhile get some newer „Kickstart“.

Fancy LEDs…
compact flash card reader connected to the ide port of the Amiga 600

The idea…

…was to bring an Amiga on stage for live performance. I tried, but soon found out, that it just wouldn´t be possible. It´s tons of breakable equipment. The transportation would take a whole trunk and there would be no room for anything else. Since all the devices were designed to be used on a dektop, the danger of the whole setup beeing turned into a pile of plastic waste is horribly high. To make it short, it seems to be so much easier to use a conventional sampler / mp3 player / a rockband / whatever to do the sound.

Well, things will change, in a radical and devastating way. The „Riot AMIGA“ is about to come! (I don´t know when though…) If this works out, it will be something like a super cool Retro – Groovebox with:

- 2 channel original 8 bit sample sound (i know, Amiga can do more, but it quiets down somehow…)

- 4 channel Midi – sequencer (when using an old version of octamed, haven´t tried anything else yet, because i don´t need it)

- sampling function

- retro style keyboad

- CF card reader (…Amiga formated unfortunately)

- 19″ mountable

-…maybe an internal effect

This is, what it might look like…

1 Some 8″ portable TV. Hopefully it will be possible to recognize something on it.

2 Audio IN /OUT, 2 channels each

3 Midi IN / OUT

4 Power supply

5 Basic controls, not sure about them yet…

6 Trackball mouse

7 Rack casing, not sure about this too…

8 Card reader

9 A600 Keyboard

10 some weird coloured spraypaint skin…

Why not…

…use an Amiga 1200? Because its motherboard and keyboard would be bigger. Also i might not need the AGA chipset, since the A600 has got the same sound chip, as far as i know. Its Paula, i am about!

…use an Amiga 1200 and soundcard? Same reason. The basic system would also be much more expensive. Since i don´t know what i´m doing most of the time and the whole thing could… well, just explode maybe, it would be a waste of money and equipment. By the way… with a soundcard it wouldn´t be 8 bit anymore, so where is the point? ;)

…use disk drive, CD or something? Might be possible. But i have been using an Akai MPC, which also reads CF and it turned out pretty handy.

…use some better looking case? The idea is to build a device, that can be used on stage. It has got to be -at least kinda- stable. Also i like the idea of mounting it into a rack.

…put an effect device in it? I thought about that. A distortion would be awesome! A Kaos pad sounds nice too, but is way too expensive. If there is any room for that, i´ll do it. Uh, well… and power supply. Mhm, so maybe not.

…give it a rather pathetic name? A – TA – RI -TEEN – AGE – RIOT !!!

This is, what i got so far…

An Amiga 600 in working condition and 2 mb ram, a 1 IN / 3 OUT Midi Interface and a Stereo 8 bit Sound Sampler.

Stuff i need to get…

- a propper power supply

- amiga compatible trackball

- some flat and portable screen, which can be powered by the power supply, i also dont have yet…

- the whole „CF card for Amiga“ thing. I have to figure out, either to use the pcmcia or the ide onboard controler for that. Maybe both?

- some cables, adapters and connectors

- the case. But this will surely be the last thing to worry about.

…Alright, here we go!