Been meaning to put up some comments about my experience with Catskull's kit. It came in pretty quick and the build was about as solid as you would expect from looking at it. For me, I am so excited just to have a functioning arduinoboy that I have really been treating it with kid gloves and would like to house it in a more robust build. I know a lot of members here have made a lot of arduinoboys over the years and can't understand how anyone can have trouble making one work, but something about it just stumped me. I am so glad to have this relatively affordable setup available.
Functionally it works great and catskull was super helpful with all of my questions in setting it up and testing it out in myriad configurations. Midi in worked great with mGB on an ems usb cart. I used a gameboy advance so as to have the gameboy power the arduino, since the dmg cable provided doesn't send power. I was using a novation mininova as the midi controller, as well as running it as a parallel oscillator through a minibrute and a microbrute.
Next up I attempted a bit of fun experimenting with midi-out, attempting to re-voice some lsdj tracks. Well, it wasn't too much fun. The Aboy definitely sent the data, but I found the midi out implementation in lsdj to be a bit cumbersome. The data was successfully transmitted via a midi to usb cable, through an apple lightning camera conection kit and into an iPad air, where the channels were sent up in multiple synth apps. While I wasn't real happy with the sonic results of the setup, I can vouch that the Aboy held up its end of the bargain.
The last test worth noting, if anyone finds any of this worth noting in the first place, was to sequence in iPad apps such as Genome, sending data on the four channels out through the cck and usb to midi cable in order to drive mGB.
I know a lot of this is general Arduinoboy stuff that's not necessarily specific to catskull's sheild, but I've already written it, so why not? In the end it's an enticing little option, especially if you are just snagging the board- sooo affordable, and it works great.