… or a “built-in modulator” for your retro thingy 😉
Yes, I was away from the keyboard for a while ;P
The “why ?”
So this idea came after I bought a CPC 464 followed by a gray speccy +2.
Both machines are outputting an RGB signal that is quite solid if you have a proper and dedicated cable. Problem is that I am tired of making a cable for every machine that I own. I’ve figured that it would be very handy to have some sort of a small modulator on a PCB that is capable of outputting composite or even better, s-video signal. Obviously, I started to look for an existing solution and I’ve found one. There is an excellent article on CPCWIKI that describes how it is done in the CPC world.
Bryce created a very nice solution based on an AD724 chip. That chip can handle RGB input signal and convert it to either composite or s-video – which is exactly what I need. However, I decided to make my own PCB. I wanted to have an s-video and composite outputs on a single PCB.
Work in progress
Of course, I had to start with my own board layout so after a while …
Yes, I know, I am not a routing PRO 😉
Here is an outcome.
I was super happy with the end result.
I only had to look for a nice place to install a PCB.
At first, I came up with an idea to remove the original RGB socket and put my module in socket’s place. I’ve even 3D printed support for a PCB (red ABS).
However, after a few shots of 40% tea ;P … and some talks with my fellow friends from Lamers, I decided that It has to be moved somewhere else. If I remember correctly, Wiecz0r/Lamers pointed out that some people might wanna use the RGB SCART cable that they already own. Obviously, another good place to mount my module was right next to a motherboard – right under a floppy drive.
I must admit, that drilling a plastic case with a 12mm drill is extremely hard.
It tears too much material at a time. Using a different tool and finishing a hole for cables with a file was so much better idea 😀
Here is how it works.
I was a bit skeptical at first. I thought that RGB->S-Video or Composite will look like the output from an old A520 modulator for Amiga, but after some tests, I am super happy with the quality of this mod.
Even composite video is way better than through the original A500 modulator.
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