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Thursday Customs USB Boy review

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Published on Feb 13, 2014

Thursday Customs has designed the ultimate accessory for LSDJ users who wish to bring their productions and compositions to the next level. The USB Boy is a MIDI-sync box that operates over USB to interface with music software on the Gameboy as well as any computer-side software capable of exchanging MIDI data.

Here I demonstrate its various functions in Ableton Live and they can be replicated in most any other DAW: LSDJ Slave sync, Master Sync, Keyboard sync, Map Sync, and MIDI out sync, as well as mGB. (Nanoloop is compatible but I did not think to download and flash the demo ROM to demonstrate with.)

The USB Boy retails for $80 and can be acquired through Thursday Customs or Kitsch-bent. White PCB units will be sold by Thursday Customs, the black PCB by Kitsch-bent, do note that the purple version is prototype-only and is functionally identical to the final product. The USB Boy is a hardware creation by Thursday Customs based on code ported to the teensy 2.0 by noizeinabox which was based upon trash80's arduinoboy code.

For details on MIDI commands, etc, please check the arduinoboy page which is linked below.




Thursday Customs http://thursdaycustoms.com/
Kitsch-Bent http://http://store.kitsch-bent.com/

Other hardware shown:
Fighter Cart and Green Cart from ASM Retro (email for availability) http://www.asmretro.com/
Jazzmarazz Gameboy Cart Flasher (soon to be carried at:) http://store.kitsch-bent.com/
Novation Launchpad (original, S and Mini are great models too) http://us.novationmusic.com/midi-cont...
MIDI Fighter Pro (discontinued, check out the Spectra and 3D models) https://store.djtechtools.com/product...
Traktor Z1 External Soundcard and DJ controller https://store.djtechtools.com/product...

Software:
Ableton Live https://www.ableton.com/
Little Sound DJ (LSDJ) http://www.littlesounddj.com/lsd/
MidiGB https://code.google.com/p/arduinoboy/...
nanoloop https://nanoloop.com/
*the LSDJ Map software can be found on the LSDJ site as "lsdj_arduinoboy_versionxx"

Artists mentioned:
Trey Frey: http://thebasebitrecs.bandcamp.com/al... https://soundcloud.com/treyfrey
Awesomeforce: http://awesomeforce.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/awesomeforce
Auxcide: http://auxcide.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/auxcide

Giving credit where credit is due:
Thursday Customs for helping engineer this great addition to the Teensy board
The Teensy 2.0 board, excellent microcontroller with tons of functionality.
Trash 80, visit his site http://trash80.com/ and the arduinoboy page https://code.google.com/p/arduinoboy/
NoizeinaBox's Teensyboy code page https://code.google.com/p/noizeinabox/
LSDJ by Johan Kotlinski http://www.littlesounddj.com/lsd/

If you have questions or comments, I would love to answer them. If you have a lot to tell/ask me, hit my email at themaxdolensky@gmail.com

Check out http://ohmnohmnohm.com/ for more tutorials and lofi music tech hardware reviews, previews, and demos in the future!

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