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Post by stephen_usher » Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:16 pm

Well, more preparation tonight for the festival at the weekend. I'll do the final proper packing tomorrow.

I also fixed the wiring on the vDrive sound board and made a second one to show at the festival, and possibly give away.

The final version, with the speaker glued to the rear bulkhead of the ZX Microdrive case, sounds OK as the case is amplifying the sound, e.g.



There is an annoying "ticking" sound around the end/beginning of the digitised sound clip but it's definitely good enough and about the same volume as the original drive/tape mechanism.
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Post by rubber_jonnie » Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:43 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Stop posting vDrive stuff, or I'm going to end up ordering one :dizzy:
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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by JezC » Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:50 pm

rubber_jonnie wrote:
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:43 pm
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Stop posting vDrive stuff, or I'm going to end up ordering one :dizzy:
I suspect that you posting that message might have the opposite effect? ;)

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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by stephen_usher » Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:46 pm

Hehehe! You need two vDrives... one for the QL and one for the ZX Spectrum + Interface 1, which if you don't have already you need to get. ;-)
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ZX81->Spectrum->Memotech MTX->Sinclair QL->520STM->BBC Micro->TT030->PCs & Sun Workstations.
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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by JezC » Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:14 am

Well, @rubber_jonnie - you might save on the postage if you buy both at the same time!
:lol: :roll: :hide:

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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by Badwolf » Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:39 am

stephen_usher wrote:
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:16 pm
There is an annoying "ticking" sound around the end/beginning of the digitised sound clip but it's definitely good enough and about the same volume as the original drive/tape mechanism.
The start and stop is very abrupt, isn't it?

I think after listening to that for two minutes, it'd be getting the wire cutter treatment from me anyway!

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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by stephen_usher » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:14 am

It's not hugely different from hearing the tape join go through every 5 seconds or so. If someone wishes to try to make a better sample then the source is on-line and freely available on Github. :-)

https://github.com/stephen-usher/vDrive ... n/ATTiny85
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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by Badwolf » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:20 am

stephen_usher wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:14 am
It's not hugely different from hearing the tape join go through every 5 seconds or so. If someone wishes to try to make a better sample then the source is on-line and freely available on Github. :-)
5 seconds, eh? Someone should do one of those Christopher Nolan style Shepard-Risset tones for it. I'm not sure if that'd be better or whether you'd have to hide all the hammers in the house.

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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by rubber_jonnie » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:45 am

JezC wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:14 am
Well, @rubber_jonnie - you might save on the postage if you buy both at the same time!
:lol: :roll: :hide:
Gaaaaahhhhh!!!!

Stop it damn you!!
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Re: General Stuff(tm)

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:51 am

JezC wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:14 am
Well, @rubber_jonnie - you might save on the postage if you buy both at the same time!
:lol: :roll: :hide:
I didn't fall for @JezC 's sales pitch as I'm not entirely in the market for a Spectrum vDrive, but the vDrive QL is ordered :roll:
Collector of old Atari things:
800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
Plus the rest..
Amiga stuff, Mac stuff, Sinclair stuff etc...
www.electronicnothingness.co.uk

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