MIDIcar - Independent MIDI device for Atari XE

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MIDIcar - Independent MIDI device for Atari XE

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Introduction
I would like to present new device for Atari XE series which can play/record MIDI files on Atari 8-bit computer. Idea was taken from SIO2MIDI (https://ataribits.weebly.com/midi.html) but I decided to use CART/ECI port for communication with MIDI devices because in case I may use SIO independently for load/save data during MIDI working. Using CART/ECI provide possibility to use Atari as MIDI sequencer with direct access to FDD (SIO) and/or other mass storage device, for example with AVG CART (CART/ECI).

Features:
- possibility to play external MIDI source like MIDI keyboard or synthesizer,
- MIDI IN/MIDI OUT LED indicators on board,
- serial communication with 31250 b/s, 125 kb/s or 2mb/s with PC (using e.g. FT232 dongle),
- fully transparent for other cartridges/interfaces (based on D1XX/D5XX address decoder),
- equipped with S2 DREAMBLASTER is ready to play (similar like SIO2MIDI,

First issue of MIDIcar v1.0 is dedicated for Atari XE series but I’ll prepare version for XL series as soon as possible,
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MIDIcar v.1.0 prototype
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According to ABBUC HSC 2022 event I'll share more details after competition...

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Re: MIDIcar - Independent MIDI device for Atari XE

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I own 2x Dreamblaster so want buy 2x also will do enclosure and upload here STL. Also love it is cartridge upgrade as I use sio for SDrive:). Want use it for midi playback also for concert in future :).

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Re: MIDIcar - Independent MIDI device for Atari XE

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Hi Matej,

Nice to hear that anyone in willing to use it :-) Unfortunately you should wait for a moment because Abbuc HW competition. When it will finished ( a couple of weeks ), a few devices will be available on PTODT market. If you are willing to build it by your own hand, the MIDIcar project will be available as as Free Hardware under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0.. The case was designed by my colleague KKrys and will be available as separately part.

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Re: MIDIcar - Independent MIDI device for Atari XE

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Yes I will wait and want buy 2x assembled also with cart and eci port but buy here as I live near Tatra mountains in Slovakia :).

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