More photos on Flickr.
The discussion thread where you can read the latest info and post questions about sammichFM kits is here.
sammichFM was designed to be the “no excuses” MIDIbox FM synthesizer kit - i.e. for all those people who want a MIDIbox FM but consider building it with modules too time-consuming, too newbie-unfriendly and/or too hard to design and construct a control surface.
sammichFM therefore has the following design constraints/features, which support each other:
MIDIbox FM Synthesizer features
sammichFM was planned from the start to be available as a complete kit, so all the hard work of sourcing parts, checking for fit, and refining the design has been done already.
Kits will be packed and sold in batches of 50.
If you want to order now, just email your details (NOT MONEY!) to: Jason.S.Williams@gmail.com
Include your MIDIbox username so I know who I'm talking to!
“Pre-order” just means I collect your email address, and I reserve a kit for you.
There is no commitment to buy, you can cancel or wait for another batch with no bad karma!
When the batch is ready to be prepared, I'll email people to get confirmation and then send out PayPal invoices. That will happen while I order and collect all the parts and put them into kit boxes.
I will give some preferential treatment to people who don't order OPL3 chipsets, i.e. I might queue jump you ahead of others. There are limited supplies of YMF262 and YAC512 chips and I'd rather they get bought by people who need them. There is no need to “buy spares”, so if you have them already, use them. In the worst case scenario, I can sell you spares on demand.
Prices as of 2011-09-26: (actual payment will be in AUD with 3.5% PayPal fee added)
Cases are available in matte black or Arctic Ice (semi-transludent, matte white). Scratch and fingerprint resistant. The default kit contains an FSTN negative yellow-green backlight LCD and green LEDs, as show above.
LCD, LEDs and case are optional, if you want to source your own. I will deduct cost of parts not included.
ALSO Let me know if you're an Aussie, I can help you with a suitable plugpack and give you custom postage cost.
You can find v1.0 of the build guide here (6MB PDF):
Please download it and view offline.
Here is the PDF of the base PCB. Ground plane is removed. Pads with no tracks can be assumed connected to ground.
Here is the PDF of the control surface PCB.
Post on the forum with “sammichFM” in the subject. I or someone else will help you.
Here is a place for people to add links to suitable power supplies.
NYI. I will upload a sammichFM T-shirt soon-ish.