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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, July 26 2019 4:25 PM UTC +00:00.

€3,486
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23
backers
55hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, July 26 2019 4:25 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The MSX Tribute is a step sequencer / groovebox that enables people to create music in the style of classic MSX music. 80's sounds ? You Bet !

Sound board view
Sound board view

The MSX Tribute is based on Yamaha© YM2413 soundchip, which was included in some MSX sound enhancement cartridges, in MSX2 computers, in Sega© Master System Mark III, and in some Yamaha© Keyboards in the 80's-90's.

Including two real hardware soundchips, the MSX Tribute sounds excaltly as in the 80's. It might even sound a bit better, as i paid attention to have dedicated power supply for the sound circuit, and added quality amplificators and capacitors throughthe signal chain in order to have the purest sound out of it.

The YM2413 allows two different sound setups; either 9 synth voices, or 6 synth voices and 5 drums voices (Kick, Snare, Tom, Cymbal, Hi-Hat). I chose the second one to provide an all-in-one instrument.

I could have made a simplistic polysynth out of theses chips. I decided to try to push them to the next level. 

The MSX tribute is a step sequencer, with many features :

  • Independant track length : from 1 to 64 steps, 16 steps/page
  • Independant track scale : from 1/1 to 1/32
  • Independant track shuffle
  • Independant track gate length 
  • Independant accent track
  • 16 different instruments for the 6 synth voices, including one shared fully customisable 2 operators FM with 24 parameters.
  • Each step has selectable note, length, probability, microtiming
  • Detune or play fixed intervals between soundchips
  • 4 LFOs (8 waveforms, more than 60 targets) with easy assignment
  • Easy copy/paste voice, page, step
  • "Live" Mode with mute, shuffle, directions control.
  • 256 FM patchs memory divided in 16 bank with instant change
  • 200 projects memory of 16 patterns with instant change
  • Internal Clock from 30 BPM to 240 BPM
  • MIDI IN/OUT
  • USB lifetime software update !

There are 2 main reasons why I chose to go for a DIY kit instead of a complete assembled device : 

  • I'm a maker, I love DIY kits, especially the feeling of having it assembled by my own hands,
  • This project will help me to start AzcalElectronics company, and I hence currently do not have the required funds to finance advanced prototypes.
From initial idea to final product
From initial idea to final product

 The PCB design is complete, for both the User Interface and the control/soundboard, and  should stay in the same state that you would receive.

The software development has reached a stable version. I ensured that the user (you!) could easily upgrade the software via USB. Even with 3 prototypes under severe tests, we never know what can happen. It will also allow me to add some new features in the future if the project become successful.

Final SoundBoard PCB
Final SoundBoard PCB
Future project pcb design...
Future project pcb design...

The  Team... 

...or so. I am Julien Lacaze, i am an Electronic Engineer and i love music. I made electronic design, user interface and mcu dev on the project, as well as video shooting and many others.

I Sometimes work as a teacher, but most of the time i worked on this project over the last 2 years, trying to find a way to give these wonderful soundchips a new life.

By Helping me funding this project, you will not only get a nice new machine, you will help me in starting a company, Azcal Electronics. 

I have plenty of ideas for future projects. The funds gathered in this project will help me repay this project research and prototype on one hand, and on the other hand will be re-invested in research and prototyping these ideas.

Final PCB should come in blue color with white text, MSX style !
Final PCB should come in blue color with white text, MSX style !

A project can't be succesful without sharing  and being helped by some experienced people. For their reviews, advices and everything, i would like to thank Vincent  @e-licktronic and Vlad @Audio Blast . For allowing me to meet them, thanks to KP10  @Avozik.

In the same time, launching this campaign was a very long process and i want to address a special thank my wife and my son (who made the crash tests !) for their patience, their love and everything else they gave me all along this adventure.


Vlad Playing on previous prototype : 

Risks and challenges

This is my first project, and tried my best to prepare everything well.
I have already chosen the companies that will be involved in this project and checked their ressources to run this project successful, tested them with small orders for the prototypes.
I estimated all the costs of the project to ensure that everything should go well.
I also chose enough time before delivery and limited quantities to prevent any issues with timing delays.
As all the costs have been reviewed, the timings have been estimated, the prototype is functionnal, no big issue should arise if the campaign is successful.

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