Final Update! Preorder backers, keep an eye on your inboxes!
The long-awaited Preorder/Misc batch is in! Preorder backers, over the next few days, I'll set up a special site where you can fill in the rest of your... Read more
Small Update: FAQ and Source files posted
Small update, I've uploaded the source code, schematic and label files: http://www.soniktech.com/chipmaestro/index.php
This will be a temporary page to house these files, along with a constantly updating FAQ... Read more
International and Gold Chip Maestros shipped!
Just got back from the post office. The International and Gold Chip Maestros have been shipped!
Due to the price of postage !tripling! in the past 2 years,... Read more
NTSC Carts ready, PAL carts being reprogrammed!
Just a quick update: all the NTSC carts are tested, packaged, and ready to ship! I am currently reprogramming the PAL carts (they need a special set of... Read more
Chip Maestros Have Arrived!
Not much to say; the pictures speak for themselves! Oh yea, now would be a good time to mention a surprise: the Chip Maestros (except for the gold ones of... Read more
Release and Shipping Schedule!
As promised, here are the latest details from the manufacturer regarding the delivery of the final batch of Chip Maestros to me, with information about how I will... Read more
Production Samples have arrived!
The production samples arrived from my manufacturer the other day, and they are amazing. The sense of pride I felt when they came through the door was immense,... Read more
Quick Progress Update and New Shipping Address procedure
As I mentioned in the previous update, I've already sent out the files for mass production at the beginning of the month, and soon the plastic cases will... Read more
Turn Time Quoted as 35 days from payment!
After long nights poring over cost and shipping sheets and working with this vendor to get everything in line for assembly and production (could you believe it took... Read more
Vendor chosen, files have been sent out for fabrication!
Finally, the last step in getting all the Chip Maestros made has been completed: I've chosen a vendor and have sent them all the files needed to produce the board,... Read more
Forums up, RFPs starting to come in!
Hey there backers!
Exciting times here at the Chip Maestro development lab! I'm starting to get replies from PCB Manufacturers, and they all look very promising! I'm currently ironing out... Read more
Dev Kits are in the field, and Batch 1 is nearing production!
I've been really busy making sure my dev kit backers can collaborate while juggling the never ending maze of getting a product mass produced. Exciting times! The website... Read more
Dev Kits are shipping Saturday!
Finally, after some tough R&D, endless hours of testing, and about 15 minutes of box stuffing, the 15 remaining Development Kits of the Chip Maestro are ready to ship! I... Read more
Code Finalized! Hardware coming!
I have finally finished picking through all the bugs in the Chip Maestro code! The code will be emailed to all dev-kit backers soon after this post goes up, so... Read more
Small Update, still
Just something to prove I'm still alive and working hard :)
I just wanted to share just a couple pics of my work set-up, and a video of a presentation... Read more
The box has been sent out to be printed and cut out!
All of the dev kits are ready, so as soon as the boxes come in, I will be... Read more
A small delay in updating
I came down with something nasty, so please excuse the delay in my regular update. I will post a full update in the next few days.
Boxes and Manuals being finalized!
I wanted to make this update yesterday, but it being April Fool's Day, I decided to wait a little longer...
The box is very close to completion, and... Read more
Early Opt-In Dev Kits Shipped, first draft of Instruction Manual ready!
All the dev kit backers that opted to receive the dev kit early (with box and manual to be shipped later) currently have their kits or are waiting... Read more
Dev Kits are being shipped out!
The day has finally come! The first dev kit is on it's way out the door, to the backer with the initials J.D.!
J.D. was the first to message me... Read more
Just wanted to remind you guys how much I appreciate all the kind words of support throughout the production process, I couldn't have done anything without you guys!
Happy... Read more
A Quick Update
Hey there patient backers!
Just wanted to post a quick "heartbeat" update for you guys :)
Here is a picture of all the 18 preordered dev kit Chip Maestros (the... Read more
Dev Kits almost completely assembled!
Thanks again for your patience! It's been really hectic here, trying to assemble dev kits, and get those nice boxes and manuals just right :)
Here are a... Read more
Keeping my backers in the loop
Thanks again for your patience. Here are a few notes from the past couple weeks here at HQ:
The Development Kit Chip Maestros are almost all assembled. They... Read more
Pixel Art Contest Winner
Congrats to Omni Jacala, for winning the pixel art competition! Number 4 won by at least twice that of any other submission! The box is almost ready to go out... Read more
Project Status: Smooth Progress
Just wanted to say thanks again for all your support, and give you an update on progress here in the lab.
So the programming is complete, and we... Read more
Chip Maestro Tutorial
Here is a tutorial made by my programmer Tom on how to use the Chip Maestro in Instrument Mode. These features are not set in stone, so if you have... Read more
Feature-rich and bug-poor!
So me and Tom "the Programmer" Quinn have almost finished working out the most requested features and squashed many bugs in the process. Here's a short candid clip of us... Read more
Dev boards sent out for Design Check!
Alright, the Printed Circuit Boards have been sent out to my favorite board house for a Design Check. As soon as it passes (a few hours) I will submit the... Read more
Please check to see if your initials are listed!
Here is a list of all the initials submissions I've received. Let me know if I left yours out or misspelled it by sending me a message through Kickstarter, or... Read more
Closing initial submissions this weekend
This weekend I'll compile all the initials that came in, and send out the circuit boards to be made! On Sunday, I'll post a list of all the initials I've... Read more
Good news everyone!
It seems that Kickstarter and Amazon have started charging accounts, so now about 95% of you have been successfully funding. That means I can push my schedule up so that... Read more
Pixel Art Voting!
Within the next few days, you'll receive an email asking you for the mailing address for the Chip Maestro, as well as a few other bits of information. If I... Read more
Now that the project has been successfully funded, you should see your payment method be charged sometime in the next 14 days. After the 14 day period is over, the... Read more
Pixel Art Competition
One note I forgot to add to the previous update: After the Kickstarter ends, I will be collecting all the cover art submissions and asking the backers to vote on... Read more
Final Update: Wrapping things up
This will probably be the last update before the Kickstarter ends, so I'd like to give one reminder, share a surprise I've been holding onto, and address a legal matter.... Read more
With 4 days left to go, it's almost time to wrap this Kickstarter up! While I'm busy cranking out the tech docs, artists should start finalizing their cover art submissions,... Read more
Increased Batch 1 size
Good news! Due to overwhelming demand, I have negotiated with another board house, and am able to raise the limit of Batch 1 to 200! If you got a ticket... Read more
We're almost sold out of Batch 1, and we have new artwork to display! Towards the end, all backers will vote on their favorite design, and the best one gets... Read more
Just as a clarification, if you are an international backer getting a regular Chip Maestro (outside of USA and Canada), please add $8 to the $50 minimum amount of the... Read more
Pixel Art Submissions
The submissions are starting to come in, and it looks like we have some strong contenders! Let's see a few samples that have already come in, and if you would... Read more
Just Reached Minimum Funding Limit!
Congratulations to Samuel Ling for being the Backer who pushed this project beyond the minimum funding limit!
Remember, there are still a lot of Chip Maestros awaiting preorder! Reserve yours... Read more
Major Sponsorship alert!
A special thanks to http://store.kitsch-bent.com/ for preordering the first Golden Chip Maestro! This is the premiere place on the net for starting out your chiptune instrument collection.
I am currently... Read more