SID Repackaging

Remember the babyBotte ? It started it's life as a simple shoebox and then got upgraded to a package that is sturdy and useable with a jack for external PSU so I wouldn't have to rely on batteries.

Same story about the Music from outer space WSG that got a serious upgrade and became a module

Not to mention the AVR-Synth that was repackaged, twice

Well today, another project is starting.. Packaging the Midibox SID to an item I had to wait long to get my hands on!

Being a parent has the advantage of being around toys all the time. The one here is the perfect packaging for my SID synth :Fisher-Price Laughtop . So i got the kids another saying that this was broken and started with Braska to ponder on how to put the SID in.

This is it. with Braska on top..

Since the SID needs at least one rotary encoder, we were thinking of putting it where the laptop mouse now lies. I would make a nice flat round, orange painted knob to put so it doesn't stand out a lot.

At the back there is an abundance of space. Considering that we will have to accommodate two MIDI sockets, two audio jacks (1/4") and the power jack, it should be just enough..

Inside, there are lots of keys (Greek version laptop has 24 keys plus a bigger green enter-like button). The minimum amount of keys to be used is 6. I could wire the others to different functions of the SID. Eg you could have one key, bring up the resonance/cutoff control so with the encoder you could have realtime fun with it.

As you see, the 20x4 White-on-blue screen is EXACTLY the size of the laptop opening. This would look great when finished!!

The next step is to gut the laptop. This will probably be done this weekend because from Monday morning, Braska will be on a (rather big) trip. More on this later on.

Stay attuned!!!

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