Category: Hardware

Cyanodore 64 – A portable C64 synthesizer

Cyanodore 64

The Commodore 64 has always been known for its outstanding sound chip. The SID (Sound Interface Device) gives the c64 its trademark sound and is still impressive today. Many people still use the SID in their hardware projects. One such person is Gavin Lyons, who thought the c64 would make an incredible portable Synth, so he turned his Breadbin into…

SwissMicros – Keeping the iconic HP RPN calculators alive

If you have been an engineer (or similar) since the 80s or 90s, it is almost certain you owned a scientific programmable calculator. Funny as it is, I am not among them. However, I remember a friend who had an HP-41CV, and one day he showed me a game running it. It was a lunar lander game where you could…

Scene World Podcast Episode #155 – Japan’s Game Preservation Society with Damian Rogers

In our new episode we are covering the Game Preservation Society. It is a non-profit organization actively preserving Japanese retro games from the 70’s and 80’s as cultural assets. The members are describing their project as follows: “We see games as an important asset and work to preserve it for future generations. Our members, although having various fields of expertise,…

The Commodordion – An accordion made of Commodore 64

It is “part of the job” of any retro computer enthusiast to look for exciting projects to work on – and maybe one day finish them. Sometimes, a crazy (in a good sense) mind extrapolates beyond reasonable projects and comes up with something unique. One of these cases is the Commodordion, an unsettling musical instrument made of two Commodore 64…

Step-by-step instructions on how to transfer cassette tapes programs to your PC

Article originally published on TRS8Bit Newsletter – September 2020. Reproduced here with permission. Author: Ira Goldklang – www.trs-80.com 1. Make sure your volume is set right. With regard to the volume, first listen to the tape and see if it sounds right. If you have a treble control, you probably want maximum treble. Once it sounds good, then you can…

Scene World Podcast Episode #130 – The A500 Mini with Darren Melbourne and Chris Smith

Darren Melbourne returns to the podcast – 5 years after, this time with Retro Games’ CTO Chris Smith, they are talking about the upcoming A500 Mini. I this episode, they talk about the rocky way of getting this onto the road and what it means for the Amiga scene and the Amiga competitive gaming scene, as well. Interview starts at…

You can now pre-order your Mega65! And get it by the end of the year!

It was announced today via email that the Mega65 is available for pre-order at the Trenz Electronic webshop http://trenz.org/mega65. The price tag is €666.66 or USD 742 plus shipping. The price might scare some as it is not cheap, but based on the dev kit sold some time ago, I am actually surprised it is below 700 Euros. During the…

Scene World Podcast Episode #121 – Chris Abbott – The Little Books Of Soundchips

Scene World Podcast Episode #121 – Chris Abbott – The Little Books Of SoundchipsWe’re happy to have Chris Abbott in our new podcast episode, a british chiptune musician and true master of the C64 SID chip. Right now he is working on an extensive book about soundchips which is set to be released by Fusion Retro Book. The interview starts…

Commodore 8-bit Buyer’s Guide – A treasure map for modern hardware and software for C= computers

With the huge number of projects happening nowadays, it is hard to keep up with all available to make your life with your Commodore machines easier and more fun. We try to post news about many of them, but this only helps if you see the post or search for it. What about learning about things for your Commodore that…

Scene World Podcast Episode #112 – C64 Keycaps with Jim Drew

Have you been burnt by the 2015 keycaps Indigogo of Phase5 from Austria like us and many others? Jim felt the pain as well and went out creating his own C64 keycaps project. Having a long history in developing hardware for Commodore computers (C64 AND Amiga!) , if there is somebody who can pull this off, then this guy with…