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21-01-2017 :

New MIDI-PAC v2 utility available

01-04-2016 :

Preliminary MIDI-PAC v2 recordings

06-03-2016 :

New MPUPDATE and MPSTATUS utility

25-01-2016 :

The new MIDI-PAC features

With the MSX fair still fresh in our minds, it around time to let you all know what the new MIDI-PAC hardware is capable of.
The most of you already heard that after adding a lot of new things to the current MIDI-PAC during the last couple of years, we reached the limits of what the MIDI-PAC was capable of. With that in mind we started thinking about what we could do to improve the MIDI-PAC so it can handle some of the most wanted features you all wanted to have. So now that the preliminary firmware is running, and the first demonstrations where given during the MSX fair, it's time to give you all an impression where we are actually working on.
As the most wanted asked feature was the PSG support, we redesigned the whole hardware so it could handle the psg data besides the current ym2413 soundchip. We also did give the micro controller present on the MIDI-PAC a lot more memory what gives us the possibility to extend the number of features the MIDI-PAC can handle. For example we are going to increase the number of voices you can configure for the original to midi conversion. We also increased the clock speed of the micro controller so we can handle more at the same time without this will be noticeable on the midi output.

  • Complete new hardware design
  • Increased clock speed for the internal micro controller
  • A lot more memory for the internal micro controller
  • Pipeline between the MSX and the micro controller has been updated so it can handle more data
  • PSG support added
  • Switched to an EPLD which we already have in stock

We've made some short audio samples so you all can get an impression on what the new PSG support can do, have fun:

Zanac PSG only example      DS6 percussion example

12-01-2016 :

New MIDI-PAC firmware running for the first time

27-11-2015 :

Orbit PCB has arrived

30-10-2015 :

Orbit mainboard PCB layout almost finished

16-01-2015 :

The new MIDI-PAC PCB has arrived

10-11-2014 :

The new MIDI-PAC layout has been finished

20-09-2014 :

New batch of 5V CPLD's for the MIDI-PAC

11-08-2014 :

Orbit PCB layout has started

01-08-2014 :

Styles CD preview added to music player

12-07-2014 :

New WORP3 website online.

10-04-2014 :

Short Orbit update

31-08-2013 :

New MIDI-PAC firmware version 0.80

21-06-2013 :

General update

20-03-2013 :

MSX music pack update

31-01-2013 :

MIDI-PAC Midi file player

02-01-2013 :

Fresh new year

28-11-2012 :

Parts for the second prototype has been ordered

01-10-2012 :

New pcb boards assembled/updated Orbit pictures

19-09-2012 :

The first three boards arrived

25-06-2012 :

First prototype painted and assembled

10-05-2012 :

Orbit progress update

19-04-2012 :

Receiving the sheet metal parts

15-03-2012 :

Receiving the first plastic Orbit parts

23-02-2012 :

Receiving the first Orbit components

06-02-2012 :

History page

24-01-2012 :

Start of a new project "Orbit"

05-01-2012 :

New MIDI-PAC beta version

02-01-2012 :

New MIDI-PAC sample files

10-11-2011 :

New MIDI-PAC MPC file

23-09-2011 :

Project page template changed

27-07-2011 :

MPCONFIG update

23-07-2011 :

MIDI-PAC Applications update

19-07-2011 :

New version of the MIDI-PAC manual

07-06-2011 :

MPCONFIG update

02-05-2011 :

New MPCONFIG update

26-04-2011 :

New MIDI-PAC version

12-04-2011 :

MIDI-PAC Update bulletin

19-02-2011 :

First release of the MIDI-PAC manual

04-02-2011 :

New MIDI-PAC MPC file

21-01-2011 :

New MIDI-PAC software pack

10-01-2011 :

Giant msx music pack has been added to the download section

21-12-2010 :

New version of the MIDI-PAC PCB did arrive

20-12-2010 :

Download section rewritten, added some more MIDI-PAC utilities

20-12-2010 :

ACE Sound studio programmers documentation added to the download section

16-12-2010 :

MSX Music program has been added to the download section

28-11-2010 :

MPUPDATE utility for MSX-DOS placed within the download section

24-10-2010 :

First two MIDI-PAC modules have been shipped

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