The team behind the SIDBlaster-USB TicTac has recently posted some new information suggesting updates have been made to the SIDBlaster-USB TicTac. The following notice has appeared on their site Crazy-MIDI.de.
The SIDBlaster TicTac comprises premium “open-source” hardware for using a genuine “SID” sound chip for C64 emulation, playback of SID tunes and music production as a little box on the USB port of a personal computer.
SIDBlaster TicTac is based upon “SIDBlaster-USB“, and is 100% compatible with it.
The following improvements were made:
- Good value universal current supply 9V or 12V
- Original C64-audio wiring
- Optional connection facility for two Paddles.
- Switchable filter capacitors
- Switchable capacitors for Paddle
- Precisely fitting printed circuit board for assembly into a TicTac candy box
- Professional 6,3mm mono audio jack sockets
- Cozy blue power LED
- (Rev.1.2:) red TX/RX-LED
Is the “driver” of the SIDBlaster, so to say. It comprises a reprogrammed DLL of the Hardsid, thus, software programmed for the Hardsid becomes compatible for the SIDBlaster. The source code is available on request.
The famous C64 emulator supports up to 3 SIDBlasters. In the simplest case, you now have a C64 with original sound. But you can also use the SIDBlaster with Vice64 as a MIDI expander, by activating the MIDI emulation, and load a synthesizer program like Station64.
Best SIDBlaster support, if you have several devices you can even play stereo and 3SID tunes.
Good SID player; suitable as a jukebox because of playlists
Tracker. Support still not perfect
A Max/MSP-extension to make a SID synthesizer available in Max/MSP or Max4Live. A VST is also available.
Cloando‘s C64 Forever
Also compatible. Just copy the hardsid.dll in the file of Vice. Then, enter”-sidenginemodel hardsid” in the option „custom parameters“.
Full SIDBlaster support.