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Polysix MIDI Retrofit DIY
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dominic_909



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Polysix MIDI Retrofit DIY
Subject description: Can anyone help me with this?
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I don't want to spend $300 on a retrofit and would rather make one myself.

I found a decent looking guide on this site: http://www.angelfire.com/geek/srlabs/p6retro.html

It requires that I load an IC, and I have no idea how to do that. Can someone guide me through the process?
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andrewF



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

to burn a pic, first you need a picburner, usually a kit cost $30-$50, which may even contain a free pic, though maybe not the one you need for this project....so buy a pic around $10
now build your pic kit and try to get your pooter to converse with it....
then build your midi circuit on veroboard and install - voila Wink

none of this is impossible, but it is a bit of a steep learning curve, especially if you have not done this stuff before.

why not just pay $75 for this one?
http://www.analogsynthservice.com/poly6.html
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CJ Miller



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I just bought a polysix and was wondering about MIDI. Didn't recall that Spider had devised such a thing. The $75 one is "installed", maybe you can buy it and install yourself for cheaper, rather than shipping your synth around.

Years ago I bought a Willem programmer which works for 16F84 microcontrollers - and dozens of other things. Actually, making programmers for PIC and AVR microcontrollers is usually quite easy. Little more than an RS232 connection, a voltage supply, and socket. With patience it can be done on the cheap.
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