Order information

Dear customers,

We get a lot of questions lately of people who order a MIDI-PAC2, PlaySoniq and Modulon, among other stuff.

Here’s how the order proces works: when you place an order, we put your name on our reservelist for the chosen product. Sadly, for most products we can not meet demand directly. We produce a few pieces, sell it, scout parts, save some money for a new production run and then deliver to the people who have made a reservation. Current policy is that we will not ask money beforehand until we know for sure we can deliver your item within a few weeks.

So, filling in our order form secures your place on our reservation list. If we have stock we will contact you with payment instructions.

Currently a small batch of Modulons is being produced, which will go to the people who made reservations some time ago. We are busy with a big batch of MIDI-PAC2’s which looks like it will be bigger than our reservation list so we can finally also do some advertisement for it. For the PlaySoniq we are still scouting parts for a new batch, but this is almost complete. Also we have an idea how to restart the production itself. This could take some months. So, keep those orders coming and rest assured that while we can’t inform you on a daily basis we will contact you when we can deliver your order.

For our new product called “Darky” (See earlier posts below) development now lies with Worp3 who also did work on the design. Thanks to Tjeerd we now make great steps in development, weekly.

Thank you for your support and happy MSX-ing!

SuperSoniqs

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Projects and order status

Dear customers,

First happy new year to you all! Hopefully we can all achieve some great goals this year and make our life a bit better.

An important part of some of our lives are of course toying around with our old MSX homecomputers and to see if we can learn those old machines some new tricks. We got great plans, but real life eat most of our time so we got to settle with what we can do in the time available to us.

Currently we are busy with the following:

  1. Scouting the necessary parts to restart production of the PlaySoniq, our multiexpander for MSX.  This has proven more difficult than expected because we use a lot of parts that are obsolete for quite some time. But we are getting there and we hope to run a new batch later this year.
  2. The Modulon is being produced again. We already finished the pcb’s for a small new batch and are now working with suppliers to see if we can 3D print the casings again for a reasonable price. We hope to have some ready at the end of January. Please note that people who have reserved/ordered a Modulon in the past year will be contacted first; there’s no need to order again if you ordered before.
  3. We are busy to see if we can produce a extension cable for the Modulon. Hopefully we got more news on this soon.
  4. The MIDI-PAC2 has finished development and is now being produced. We hope to start shipping in February. Selling price will be 70 euros without shipping. This device supports PSG over MIDI next to OPLL to MIDI and we are very excited about this product. WORP3 redesigned the hardware but also the software has gotten a complete overhaul with much more tweaks due to faster hardware. Also: people who were on the waiting list for a MIDI-PAC1 will get an invitation to buy the MIDI-PAC2 first.
  5. Our stereo ePSG project ‘Darky’ is moving on slowly. The first prototypes are being send to developers and we are already busy to test the hardware together and yes some bugs needs to be addressed before we can go to production. We have no estimate yet when this product will be available. Hopefully we got more news soon.
  6. We are busy with reproducing a small batch of MSX Audio prints. These will be available later this year.
  7. We are investigating to reproduce the Philips NMS 1250 cartridge casing with injection moulding. This design is also used by Sunrise and in some of our products. The 3D design is almost finished. Because injection moulding is quite expensive we are looking to people who would like to participate in obtaining some professionally produced cartridges for their own projects, and need more space than the konami sized alternatives offers. We are thinking of reselling batches of 50 pieces for about 4 euro per piece (so 200 euro total) to cover total production costs. Please mail us (info @ thisdomain) for more info. Please note that we want to make this -as all our products are- free of profit. So if we can reduce the production costs we will charge less per batch.
  8. We have some other (small) projects on the drawing board but is too early to make announcements yet. Hopefully later this year.

Have fun in 2017!

Greetings,

The SuperSoniqs team.

Introducing Darky, the stereo ePSG soundcard with effect processor

Hi all,

You know these questions that start with “What if?”. Here at SuperSoniqs it is all about making our own “What if’s” possible. One of those was of course the lack of stereo sound in any MSX.  A while ago we stumbled upon an AY8930 sound processor. It was designed by General Instruments as an successor of the AY-3-8910 and sold to Microchip Taiwan together with their other chip designs. Microchip actually released it, implementations were made for PC (the infamous Sound Master) and the design was also used in a few arcade systems. The fun thing about the AY8930 is that it has two different operating modes, one is AY-3-8910 compatible, and the other one is the enhanced mode. The enhanced mode of the AY8930 adds separate envelopes for the three channels (as opposed to one shared envelope in the AY-3-8910), variable duty-cycles, more bits of precision for note frequency, volume, and envelope frequency, and a much better configurable noise generator.

darky

 

But of course the main fact that it was backwards compatible with our MSX PSG made us thinking why not release a cartridge with this soundchip? And why not a cartridge with two new ePSG’s? Since these chips have separate outputs for each PSG-channel (even our MSX PSG has, but few MSX’s actually make use of this), we thought it would be nice to put each channel into a stereo mixer, so that each seperate channel can be mixed and placed into the stereo dept field (stereo panning). Also, the channel mixers used have some more functionality like treble, bass, equalizing and 3d stereo spatializing.

But that’s not all. The audio end result of the mixed channels is fed into a SPIN FX-1 Effect processor, which has fixed effects such as echo, reverb, flange, chorus, etc. and 8 programmable effects. For this a EEprom is also part of the PCB design.

In default mode our new cartridge will start in the MSX PSG compatible mode, with the second PSG on a different clockspeed to create a pseudo stereo effect, usable with all existing MSX software. Registers are being made to access all PSG’s in MSX or ePSG enhanced mode, and to control the mixers and effect processor. An Atmel processor and Philips CLPD are used to control all hardware on this PCB.

The ePSG stereo card has two stereo mini-jack outputs, one line-out and the other one is an amplified headphone output.

Programming and testing this pcb will take some time. We hope to be able to release this card later this year.

Franky Cartridge Enclosure .STL files

Dear all,

Due to populair demand we hereby publish the .stl files of the Franky cartridge enclosure too. Some people had problems converting the Sketch-up files. With these .STL files you can 3d-print a compatible casing for your Franky project. Most professional 3d printer companies also accept these .stl files. Have fun with it.

Link to zip file containing the stl files

 

Build your own Sega VDP cartridge

Franky DIY PCBThanks to Brazilian MSX developers FRS and MSXPró, we can now publish a do it yourself guide for building your Sega own Audio and Video cartridge named “Franky”.

 

FRS took over some bare-boned pcb’s and worked out a instruction manual together with MSXPró. MSXpró improved the original design with better audio, audio and CVBS connectors and support for real vga monitors (that can handle 15KHz signals).

Because the cartridge enclosure needed for the board is hard to come by, we developed a 3D model of the  cartridge enclosure needed together with Dutch 3D- model company D-byte, which we offer as a free download to use in your own personal projects. This model is compatible with Philips NMS 1250 and Sunrise Moonsound type casings. The model is in the Sketchup format (plug-ins exist to export to .stl and other formats your 3D printer accepts)

D-byte Franky casing. Casing for DIY Franky project. Side view.

3D Printer Franky casing, free download.

Price for one Franky PCB board is 15 euro. That includes worldwide shipping (unregistered by letter mail). Please note that this only contains the pcb. You will have to acquire the necessary parts yourself (the part list is in the manual).

Link to the Franky DIY manual (.pdf): DIY Franky manual

Link to the cartridge enclosure file for 3D printing (.skp): Franky Cartridge Casing 3D model

 

Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

P.S. The order page and form is now updated, you can order one or multiple pcb’s. Please note that multiple pcb’s will be only send registered, so you need to order 6 pcb’s or more to make it cheaper for worldwide shipping.

PSQTOOLS updated and SMSLOAD for PlaySoniq released!

TNI informs us that PSQTOOLS, the toolset for the PlaySoniq module has been updated! Three new tools have been released: PSQSAVE and PSQLOAD, to save and load PlaySoniq module settings and SMSLOAD, a tool to load and run Sega Master System ROM images. SMSLOAD also supports Sega SC-3000 and SG-1000 rom files, when the correct extension (e.g. name.sg) is given at the command line. Grab them at the TNI site: www.tni.nl

Modulon slot expander ready to order

Hi Everyone!

Getting the modulon slot expander ready for ordering took us more time than we originally anticipated.

The whole idea of creating a compact slot expander emerged based on two assumptions: there is demand for a slot expander and we had  some old MT telecom modem casings lying around which we wanted to give a new destination.

The design, testing and building the first batch of pcb’s was already one year ago. We obtained some more MT telecom casings, adjusted these for the slot expander and actually sold a few to testers and at last years MSX Nijmegen fair.

Then as demand rose we had two problems: obtaining enough casings which we had to buy from collectors and laser cutting the top of those casings to fit the cartridges in. Our last batch that we wanted to laser cut failed, because the company in question made some errors in programming the laser cutter. We left with a failed batch, but still had to pay for the use of the laser cutter.

Then we tried new companies to help us out with custom cutting the casings, but unfortunately any option we tried failed because of operational costs of the adjustments, lack of time on the side of those companies, or simply commercially not interesting for those companies because of the low production amount.

So back to the drawing board. We decided to develop a 3d model of the casing and found a company who could help us out developing this model and then 3D print the prototypes, test them, update the 3d model, etc. until we were satisfied with the result. This took us about six months.

We are happy to say this journey is now completed. We have a finished model and with this model we can 3D print your casing after ordering, on demand. Our latest model even has cartridge covers on top (spring operated) for dust prevention.

Modulon overview

Modulon overview

Back side of the Modulon slot expander.

Back side of the Modulon slot expander.

Side of the Modulon slot expander.

Side of the Modulon slot expander.

Left side of the modulen, with the volume controls and 5 Volt input

Left side of the Modulon, with volume controls and 5V input

Slot insertion side of the Modulon slot expander.

Slot insertion side of the Modulon slot expander.

The modulon can be ordered in the following colors:

Standard White
Standard Black
Traffic Red
Signal Yellow
Leaf Green
Ultramarine Blue
Dutch Orange
Shining Silver
Fluorescent Pink
Sky Blue
Naturel

You can check these colors at: http://colorfabb.com/pla-pha

Our stackable slot expander, with it’s own clock, adjustable volume controls for all slots, fully MSX compliant with Busdir support, Playsoniq compatible and on/off switches for the top slots and 3D printed in the color you like is 100 euros plus shipping.

Please note that it will take one to two weeks after receiving your money before we can ship out. We need to place your order for printing the casing, collect it, mount it and then we can post your package. Because of holiday we will not ship out between 22 december and 22 january but you can still place your order, we will read our e-mail so we can continue to place orders at the 3D printing company during our holiday.