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Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help me sort out all this chiptune hardware info I'm cramming into my brain, specifically where I can buy a pre-built MIDI interface to control the Atari 2600.

I bought an Atari 2600 years ago (I think it's a heavy sixer) with the intention of buying a Synthcart (I never ended up buying one). I recently uncovered it again and thought I'd get back into using it as a synth.  I'm hoping to control it from Ableton, or even with some of my MIDI gear, like my Korg Minilogue.

When I left off, pairing the Synthcart with a Highly Liquid MIDI box was the way to go.  Now I can't find any Highly Liquid boxes available and I'm running into a lot of dead links.  I then stumbled upon the little-scale A26F DIY instructions, but with a newborn at home, and several other soldering projects piled up, unfortunately I don't have the time for any extra DIY projects.

Now I'm seeing a lot of info about the Kitsch-Bent MIDIJoy interface.  This sounds really cool, but I'm not sure if it's intended to be used with the Synthcart or just on it's own.  Also it's a bit rich for my blood, but if it can also work well at making my Commodore 64 sing (I have MSSIAH cartridge, if that's relevant) then that would definitely help me justify the price tag.

Anyway, I would be super grateful if anyone here has any suggestions to help me narrow down my choices between: A) Taking a deep breath and buying the MIDIJoy, B) Scouring the internet for someone who's built or can build a little-scale A26F or, C) Scouring the internet for a used Highly Liquid MIDI interface...  or D) open to suggestions!

Thanks!

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The MidiJoy lets you control the sound of the 2600 (or other device) directly from your computer just like it was a rack mount synth module or something. There's no joystick use or on screen interface. It's far more powerful than synthcart but also far more complicated.

Last edited by egr (May 24, 2018 6:35 pm)

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Oh, that sounds awesome in it's own right!  So I would still have to find a MIDI solution for my Synthcart.

Thanks for the quick reply, by the way.

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outside of chipsounds, you can also build a http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=midibox_tia


https://modularaddict.com/midibox-tia26 … partialkit

Last edited by herr_prof (May 24, 2018 9:24 pm)

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I can vouch for these. Extremely easy build with a great form factor.

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This looks awesome thanks for the heads up! Very convenient, especially if it doesn’t require being hooked up to a console (which I’m guessing m it doesn’t need to be). I am looking at that (not bad) price and considering the time it might take vs just getting a prebuilt MIDIJoy (about $130 for me here in Canada), but the small form factor of the MIDIBox is definitely a plus.

@TSC good to know it’s an easy build, thanks. I don’t have a lot of time these days.

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I bought the last MIDI2600's from John at Highly Liquid, so if you want one for your Synthcart, let me know.
These were built by Paul and are fully tested and factory sealed.
I can work with you on price.

Last edited by DSC (May 25, 2018 2:49 am)

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DSC wrote:

I bought the last MIDI2600's from John at Highly Liquid, so if you want one for your Synthcart, let me know.
These were built by Paul and are fully tested and factory sealed.
I can work with you on price.

Amazing! I knew there had to be some of these around. PM’ing, thanks!