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Your recent acquisitions, or what retro have you bought lately?

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by power, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Cellsplicer

    Cellsplicer Member

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    Good idea, I like your ingenuity! I think I need to invest in an audio switcher as well with an increasing number of devices.

    Noticed you have an FB-01 in there. Just curious, are you a musician or do you like to collect old and obscure equipment?
     
  2. Pierre32

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    Just the latter! I do have plans to see what I can do with the FB-01 and a tracker, but that'll just be to make a few bleeps and then go back to games. I just love exploring the old stuff.

    I've got two of those AV selectors there which are also a recent addition. They turned out to be a much cheaper option than a mixer upgrade - so now I can happily wrangle 2 PCs (3 sound cards) and 4 MIDI modules through my Xenyx 502 (which is essentially a two channel mixer). https://www.jaycar.com.au/4-way-a-v-selector/p/AC1652
     
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  3. WuZMoT

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    I'll probably butcher a PS2 controller that is already partially not working.
     
  4. shredder

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    BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!!

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    IIIIIIII (don't yet) HAVE THE (adapter for the) POWER (POWER - POWER - POWER - POWER - power)

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    Japan is awesome. :thumbup:
     
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  5. badmofo

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    Oooh remote too - not useful but cool! Looks to be in great condition :thumbup:
     
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  6. shredder

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    For sure! The remote and manual are wrapped in plastic and look untouched. The unit itself has a few light scuffs but nothing that won't buff out. Shipping was really fast too, from Japan to here - perhaps 2 weeks from pay until receival.

    I've just popped down to Jaycar and obtained a regulated 9v supply, which I'll now re-solder to center-negative as the unit requires edit: turns out this adapter's tips are conveniently reversible, and then now I can bathe in the glory of the backlight while I contemplate how best to proceed into the shining waters of Unheralded Audio Greatness™.

    I had planned to have all the requisite games researched and set up in advance of it arriving, but shipping came so fast that I'm not there yet. "The terrible horror of my SC arriving too fast".

    And I've got another random old sound card to show you guys. + actually set up / use. Too many things to do. "Again, the terrible horror".
     
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  7. Pierre32

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    Got a first soundtrack lined up? Descent 1 Level 1 was the rave party I threw :leet:
     
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  8. Cellsplicer

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    Wow that's clean. Congrats!
     
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  9. badmofo

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    I love the test GM song in the Blood setup app - one of my go-to tracks for testing a new GM device.
     
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  10. Vanne

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    lol !!!

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    What are you going to plug that Sc55Mk2 into? :D cant wait to hear how it sounds.. I got mine over 6 months ago, havent plugged it in yet..

    "C'mon Battle Cat, lets go hear what that SC55Mk2 sounds like!"
     
  11. DonutKing

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    Monkey Island is one of my favourites - even though its designed for MT32 it still sounds awesome on a GM device.
     
  12. deevus

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    I assume you need the windows version for that?
     
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  15. shredder

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    The Descent series was near the tail end of my first PC era, after which I took a hiatus from computing for a few years. Hence sucking at networks for life due to that timing, but hey, I use one computer at a time.

    The upshot being that the (famous) Descent music is pretty much going to be new to me. I have it on the list as something purportedly very high quality, to enjoy a-fresh.

    I spent a couple of hours figuring out that, of the 2 old soundcards I have here, neither are capable of joystick port MPU401 in real DOS mode. One is (the Gallant card I posted about recently), but it's DOS driver has disappeared into the ethers of time, and I'm now waiting in the hope that the excellent JazeFox of Vogons will shortly add driver support into his UNISOUND project for me.

    So following that, I started reading the manual for fun. Found the demo mode, played those songs to ensure that the unit works perfectly - it does.

    Then, after promptly ordering a $30 domestic Audigy2 from Trademe, I turned my attention to a few tests of DOS games under 98SE in DOS Prompt mode. I do have the necessary drivers for that.

    After a slight bit of muckaround - soundcard rear ports not quite being what they're labelled as on this Ye Olde Card, a driver issue perhaps - I've got success routing the SC back into the soundcard for mixing with the Sound Blaster audio.

    While Doom is not exactly the most diverse, expressive, polyphonic example of MIDI music, that Master of Puppets ripoff we call E1M1 had to have a blast - and a blast it is! Not to mention other Doom classic tracks. Like E1M2!, funnily enough. It's almost like I've heard those two compositions ten million times, for some strange reason!

    Then I dipped my way through tasting a few other classics like Dune 2, Lost Vikings (weird speed inconsistency, needs real DOS mode I guess), Kings Quest 6 (the Intro of which, is humorously cheesy after all these years - "Oh Alexander!!!" - "Mother! Mother! I saw her in the mirror!" :lol: ), and a few others.

    Like many of us I've got a special place for John Williams' Star Wars music so Tie Fighter amongst other things is one I'm holding in reserve to fully experience when I'm ready. That is to say, probably some time later today :p

    I've said nothing about my impression, but fact is, and some of you guys will know this... IT'S REALLY DAMN AWESOME. To the max. Really loving the physical form factor too. The entire unit has that elite pedigree of high-end Japanese workmanship and design which you can't help but enjoy using and looking at. Sneaking regular glances down at it and it's dancing indicators while the music plays.
     
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  16. DonutKing

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    Sorry its been a while since I did it, but I used the talkie version which adds GM support:
    http://gratissaugen.de/ultimatetalkies/monkey1.html
     
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    Brilliant :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  18. Flamin Joe

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    For a while I've been eyeing off getting a CCTV Monitor to use on my workbench because being used for survelliance they often have multiple video inputs to handle just about every security system that has been made in the past 20 odd years from BNC right through to HDMI. This means pretty much anything retro from consoles to computers can be hooked up to it one way or another making them very versatile for testing systems.

    This is what I ended up pulling the trigger on from AliExpress which arrvied this week. It's only a cheap tiny 14" CCTV Monitor but size doesn't matter nor does video quality as it's not intended to be used for extended periods purely testing. Has plenty of inputs, the VGA I'll use to attach the Monotech EternalCRT I picked up a little while back for CGA/EGA input, the HDMI will handle more recent displays (DVI and VGA can be used via an adapter), RCA can handle all the composite signals I have such as my PCjr, IBM CGA cards etc, BNC I don't have anything specifically for but like other connectors can be converted giving more options plus it has inbuilt speakers to boot. :thumbup:

    The thing is very light barely weighs much at all but it's what you kind of expect for a "cheap" LCD. I say "cheap" because even the cheapest of CCTV Monitors are quite pricey due to their specialist use but the screen quality in the little time I've used it is pretty good. Came with a 12V no name light as a feather power brick which I promptly threw out and replaced with a more sturdier unit I had already. I don't trust power supplies which have no weight to them.

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  19. Pierre32

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    On the gear storage topic, I picked up this wee shelf today.

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    Great for elevating a monitor or small PC (in my case it's to get a loungeroom PC off the floor). Bit rich at nearly $30, but it was exactly what I was after. I got it in store and can't find it on their site, but they have plenty of other stuff to browse that could help get your MIDI mountains or other gear in order.

    https://www.hsw.com.au/bamboo-3-tier-corner-cabinet-pantry-shelf-stacker/
    https://www.hsw.com.au/black-onyx-kitchen-pantry-helper-shelf-small/
     
  20. Vanne

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    Picked up a Shuttle XPS prima with a e5420 and the above chip with X48 shuttle main board for 50 bucks.
    I wonder if it will run a gtx 680?


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    ofcourse the chip isnt what is supposed to be inside. it has a Xeon 3040 in it..

    1.83ghz.. 2 cores, 2 threads... buit its 65W.. with the gtx680 in it, 95W for the q9550 might be pushing it? 450W quality psu.
     
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