Holy shit. Thank you.

Damnit, me-from-four-years-ago! I wonder if there's still a way for me to pull that file. I don't really have access to any of my music anymore.

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Really? The music groups are going after Game Boy covers now? Hitting up the big fish, I see.



(24 replies, posted in Other Hardware)

Moriokun wrote:

I got the first Mini-KP but ended up returning it because the flanger and a few other effects would keep mixing into the left stereo for some reason. At this price, you can just pick up Ableton Live Intro and just run audio through the software effects.

Except for those who don't use a computer. Or, in my case, don't have one.


(24 replies, posted in Other Hardware)

Tried a search to see if a thread was made about these, and couldn't find it.

Totally revamped the design, and I'm not sure if I dig the new look (I feel like I should sign it to receive a package).

Also, I'd be more than happy to repair the six that crapped on you that are already modded. I'd do it super cheap since I wouldn't have to buy any parts.

Stock Game Boys aren't that hard to find. If they weren't around, there'd be nothing to mod. So, logic dictates that as long as there are modders, there are stock Game Boys.

You'd be better off buying all of your mods from one source.

kitsch should always be that source.

I don't understand how somebody in good conscience can do modding services without knowing how to solder properly. In my opinion, if you use the right stuff and know how to solder properly, there should be zero complaints or rate of failure, and I've heard and experienced numerous from different sources. I won't name names, but I've fixed a number of Game Boys that friends and acquaintances have given me from one very well known modder that I am honestly appalled with.

If you do modding services, please do everybody a favor, stop it until you follow these rules. These should be understood, but unfortunately, they aren't:

Use a solder station with temp control. Don't don't don't use those shitty irons that plug right in the wall. Even some higher-end models plug right in the wall, but I can't trust them.

Stop using thick solder. This, I think, is the number one reason for sloppy soldering. Honestly, when it comes to soldering, less is more. With thinner solder, you have much more control and are less likely to fuck up.

Stop using those cone shaped or pencil tips. Just stop it. Chisel tips, please. Trust me on this one.

Stop using solid core wire. SHOULD I EVEN HAVE TO SAY THIS? I kid you not, I have received Game Boys with solid wire on the mods. If you can't guess, the wire broke off the jack almost immediately upon my inspection.

I know you might say "I use _____, ______, and blank, and I have no problems." I don't care how well the few of you do with unsatisfactory tools. If you are doing modding services for money, you are a professional. Use professional grade stuff.

Second, once you stop using crappy stuff, you might notice how incredibly your soldering has improved. The fact is though that some of these atrocities I've seen may be from people who have all of the right stuff. So, learn how to solder properly, and inspect your work. If you have the right tools and know how to solder properly, it's actually difficult to do a bad solder job. I've tried to show students in a workshop examples of soldering poorly, and it was tough for me to do it without being overly exaggerating. This means that a good amount of mods I've seen have been made by people who don't know how to solder.

A final note about some of these modders who try to defend themselves. "All of my mods work." JUST BECAUSE IT USUALLY WORKS DOESN'T MEAN IT'S PROPER!!! Your crappy job is bound to fail in due time, and you probably won't hear about it. The original poster had SIX Game Boys die on him. I admit, some of that may be inherently on the machine, but some of that is also on you.

Have some ethics and don't charge people unless you are giving them a professional job. If I have to fix one more Game Boy that looks like it was modded in a kitchen by a seven-year-old Korean assembler, I'm going to blow.

Or just keep doing what you're doing, since your incompetence is making me easy money.

Were the original two modded by somebody? It's useful to know before I give my giant open letter/rant to a good amount of modders.


(18 replies, posted in General Discussion)

But I'm working hard at making an epic video tutorial for this dude.


(18 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Never heard of it.


(53 replies, posted in General Discussion)

For all of my music projects:

hotmessization - Originally "Hot Mess." Then, a chick in Pittsburgh started a dance party called Hot Mess at a venue that I played at, fully aware of my existence. She asked me if I minded, and I said "I'd prefer if you change it to something else." She didn't, so I changed my name, and blah.

Brochu - Named after the actor from The Disney Channel.

Sheebie Jeebies - I don't know. I didn't come up with it.

Tau Function - This is a fake band I'm making for a fake music documentary. I just thought it was a good name for an unheard of post-punk band. They've made their way into other movie projects I'm writing as well. It's a good way to not pay royalties.


(20 replies, posted in Releases)

I really enjoy this, and I hate chipmusic.

There's a switch that modifies either both channels or only one, thus, it has to still be stereo.

I don't think kineticturtle quite understands the overhead needed for mass production.

I'm also working on a Kickstarter to fund the effects pedal business that I'm starting up, and I have a very similar goal range, so I understand where you're coming from.

It's not "I want to sell 14 of these to make this much money." It's "I NEED to sell 14 of these to cover the overhead so that I can make more."

This stuff is not cheap to do. I moved to another town at the beginning of October and am staying here until November just for a higher paying temp job to fund just the prototypes of my pedals before launching my Kickstarter. I've already invested a ton of money.

Unless you're already an established business, the overhead for a new product simply isn't reasonable in the slightest. Kickstarter is a great way to handle that issue.

Edit: Another point, I'm hand-soldering my stuff with through-hole components. These filters are surface mount, so I'm assuming they're going to be made with a pick-and-place machine. When you do this, you can't just buy 14 of a certain component or even 100. You have to get entire reels or tubes of your components, and that gets expensive. Sometimes, parts suppliers won't make custom reels for your parts, and you have to buy a reel of thousands of parts which will come to a total of over $1,000 just for that one component to be used. (However, I'm assuming that you chose your parts carefully and only picked parts that your supplier will offer reeling service for). But even if you choose something that offers reeling service, a reel and tape is a $7.00 service, so if you have 100 different components on a board, that's $700 on the reels alone, plus the cost of the components themselves.